Category Archives: Essays

London Underground. By Steven Iodice from Pixabay

25 Years of Whosoever: So Much Progress, But Mind Our Gaps

Part of an occasional series celebrating Whosoever’s Silver Jubilee. (Author’s note: I use the term “queer” throughout this essay for consistency, even when it is anachronistic.) If I remember correctly, I saw a print edition of Whosoever at a newsstand near my college. I was excited

Man in church pew. By Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash

LGBTQI People, Check Those Guilt Feelings

There’s a long history of using guilt and shaming — I mean going as far back as we have a human written record. People and institutions soon became experts at spreading guilt among those they felt needed their control. It’s been quite an effective tool

People Wearing Multicolored Socks

Let Us Begin

God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition,

Black male hands resting on an open Bible

The Courage To Be a Whosoever

Thank you for your magazine. You’re so courageous to do it. Those words were spoken to me by a young man who emerged from a crowd of people at the first gay and lesbian Christian conference I ever attended — the Witness Our Welcome conference

Franklin Graham and Billy Graham

So God Condemns Same-Sex and Interracial Marriage?

Appearing on Piers Morgan’s program on CNN, Thursday, March 28, 2013, Evangelical Christian minister, Franklin Graham, son of renowned minister Billy Graham, explained the reason behind his resolute opposition to marriage for same-sex couples: “It’s what God says, Piers. God is the one who defined

Abandoned shopping cart in a garage

The Role of Capitalism in Creating Homophobia

I’m a disciple of Christ first and foremost! Actually, I’m very theologically conservative in that I believe in the Resurrection and ascension of Jesus into heaven, the virgin birth, that Jesus is God incarnate, that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (if seen

People drinking and talking on dining table

Why Does Jesus Eat with LGBT People?

Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” When Jesus heard this, he