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Our mission is to build a bridge between the LGBTQIA+ community and people of faith. We strive to help people in the gay community reconnect with their faith and to be more tolerant and respectful of those in the faith community. We want to promote tolerance. We don’t have to agree, but can we at least agree not to be disagreeable? In this clash between culture and religion, does either side have to win? Could we call a truce? Each week, host Brian Peyton Joyner connects with people of faith ...
 
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My favorite episode and the one where I learned the most. GOD CREATED ADAM AND EVE BUT WHAT ABOUT INTERSEX? Nick Manchester is an intersex chimera who's transgender, non-binary, gay and asexual. Doctors forced his parents to decide his gender when he was three days old, and they made the choice to raise him as a girl. But he never felt comfortable …
 
On Season 1, Episode 20, I spoke with Southern Baptist preacher, Scott McQueen. For thirty-one years he was a Southern Baptist preacher. And as the parent of three boys, he was a "parrot" of the orthodox message about homosexuality. But on April 8, 2014, when his youngest son came out to him as gay, Scott's life and his spiritual journey changed fo…
 
Homosexuality may be an "abomination" and "unnatural", but those terms don't mean what you think they do. On this episode, I talk with Professor Daniel Helmeniak talks about the Bible and Homosexuality. We talk about the Hebrew view of the word "abomination" and how it doesn't mean a sin. We look at why "unnatural" means atypical and can't mean sin…
 
Susan Cottrell is a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQIA+ kids. We chat about our least favorite expression: Love the sinner. Hate the sin. That message is equivalent to an insincere apology, and the only message received is HATE. We talk about alternatives for parents and also deep down what that expression really means. "I love you, but I…
 
The Bible contains inconsistencies so why do some people claim the Bible is inerrant? I speak with Robert Cottrell about the flawed concept of "Biblical inerrancy." No one takes the Bible literally. Some people just cherry pick verses they want to believe, exclude the rest and call their individualized faith an "inerrant view of the Bible." We talk…
 
Mikah Meyer just finished visiting his 308th park on his world-record trip to be the youngest person to visit all 417 U.S. National Parks. We talk about his childhood as the kid of a campus pastor, how he knew that gay was wrong, and how he decided to attempt this extraordinary feat. As a kid, Mikah prayed to be ordinary (straight) but after he emb…
 
Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti is a passionate advocate for women's rights, inclusive language, and biblical literacy. She holds a B.A. in Religion from Chapman University, an M.A. in Religion from Liberty University and a Dr. of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has taught Women in Religion and W…
 
Ibrahim Kamara was born in Kuwait but moved to Tennessee as a kid. He was raised Muslim, and he cherishes his faith community. At the age of 13, he realized that his attractions were different from other boys. He tried to pray away the gay, bargaining with Allah because Ibrahim wanted to spend Paradise in his own Versailles-like palace. Eventually,…
 
Chelsey Glassco is a teacher and therapeutic foster parent. As a kid, she attended "Jesus Camp" and was taught that homosexuality was the worst sin. When she came out to her parents at 16, she was forced into conversion therapy. But armed with her Xena journal, Chelsey was able to survive. Her tale of the mental and emotional abuse she suffered at …
 
Mais Al-Nima was born in Baghdad, Iraq and spent her childhood there. Then she lived in Syria and Kuwait before coming to the United States for school. She grew up as a practicing Muslim, but when she came out as queer, she put aside her faith. But she longed for that sense of community that religion provides and wanted to reconnect with her Arab c…
 
The Kevin Garcia talks about coming out and experiencing the fullness of God. We are at a time in history where the LGBTQIA+ people are more accepted than ever in our country, but there's still a whole community and a whole lot of Christians out there who don't feel the same way. God loves every single person in those non-affirming places, and God …
 
Robert Cottrell and his wife Susan are the co-founders of FREEDHEARTS.ORG, one of the best online resources for parents, children, and pastors connecting the LGBTQIA+ and faith communities. He is the father of five kids, two of whom identify as queer. In 2010, his oldest daughter came out as bisexual, and in 2012, his youngest daughter came out as …
 
William Stell is a gay pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Bordentown, NJ. He's a writer for HuffPost and Patheos and has presented on "sexual ethics" at the recent Q Christian Fellowship conference. When William entered Princeton Theological Seminary, he'd just come out as gay and had no specific intention to become a pastor. But at orientation…
 
"I'm attracted to women," Jazz Fitzgerald told a friend at their conservative Christian college. Jazz was forced into weekly therapy where her counselors probed to find the root cause of Jazz's sexuality. She was told that she was broken and needed to be fixed. She could never know the fullness of God unless she had a husband. She pushed her feelin…
 
Jason Galvez is a Christian, father, spouse, entertainer, and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. He was raised in a charismatic church, and two of his uncles who were pastors tried to exorcise the "demons" that made him homosexual. For years, Jason tried to persuade his relatives to change their minds about the Bible by sending them books, sermon…
 
For thirty-one years Scott McQueen was a Southern Baptist preacher. And as the parent of three boys, he was a "parrot" of the orthodox message about homosexuality. But on April 8, 2014, when his youngest son came out to him as gay, Scott's life and his spiritual journey changed forever. He was no longer on the smooth highway he'd been traveling mos…
 
GOD CREATED ADAM AND EVE BUT WHAT ABOUT INTERSEX? Nick Manchester is an intersex chimera who's transgender, non-binary, gay and asexual. Doctors forced his parents to decide his gender when he was three days old, and they made the choice to raise him as a girl. But he never felt comfortable in that assigned gender. After a couple failed suicide att…
 
CAN A GAY MAN BASE HIS SEXUAL ETHICS ON THE BIBLE? Brian Peyton Joyner shares new insight from the Q Christian Fellowship conference about how we can use the Golden Rule to establish a new sexual ethics for the 21st century. It's about shifting from a model based on boundaries to one based on values. Want to weigh in on sex and religion? Leave your…
 
For twenty-four years, Jeff Ford was married to a woman, and they have three beautiful daughters. But along the way, Jeff had a secret. He was attracted to guys. Jeff's conservative faith and love for his family motivated him to find a cure for his same-sex attractions. He spent fourteen years in church counseling and countless gay conversion thera…
 
IS YOUR FAITH STRONG ENOUGH TO ALLOW GOD TO SELECT THE PERSON YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE? Suzanne Dewitt Hall was a straight conservative Christian who once blogged about the evils of homosexuality. But then she met Diane. "It felt like the angel was at the door of the prison saying, 'Come out. Here's your earthquake. Get out of there.'" Suzanne left he…
 
Jackie McQueen had been the wife of a Southern Baptist pastor for 30 years. And she firmly believed that being gay was a choice. But her world turned upside down on April 8, 2014, when she found out that her son was gay. For the past three and a half years, she has struggled with her conscience, her faith and being a mother. She is an ordinary pers…
 
On this 14th episode, I talk with Thomas Mark Zuniga. Tom is a Christian who has same-sex attractions, and his core belief is that the only kind of sex God blesses is marital sex between a man and a woman. But Tom has never tried to "pray away the gay." Instead, he struggles to balance faith, sexuality and masculinity. And each week, he checks in w…
 
On this 13th episode, I speak with Susan Cottrell, the mother of two kids in the LGBTQ community. She became a devout Christian at the age of 14 and was a women's ministry leader at her church. But after her kids came out, she realized that her family would never have a place in their church again. She is a proud Mama Bear and the founder of a mini…
 
My guest on this 12th episode is a woman who believes that if she can change her mind about faith and sexuality, then anyone can. Liz Dyer is a mama bear who is changing the world, by not only helping educate and support mothers like herself but by inspiring others to make the world a safer and kinder place for LGBT folks to live. She was raised So…
 
On this 11th episode, I speak with Jill McCrory, the first Baptist female preacher I’ve ever met. And I love her for that and for the wisdom and insight of our chat. Jill McCrory is a straight woman whom God has called to be a Baptist voice to the LGBTQ community. I talk with her about her theological questioning as a teenager and why she left the …
 
Justin Lee is a firm believer that Christians should be known for showing love, not for being jerks. Twenty years ago, he started building bridges between the gay and Christian group on his campus. in 2001, he founded the Gay Christian Network, which has grown to 30,000 members. He is the author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays v. Christi…
 
Daniel Helminiak is the author of What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality. Since its publication in 1994, the book has sold 120,000 copies and been translated into seven languages. Daniel was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome on Christmas Day in 1967. But by 1976, he realized he was gay and could not reconcile his integrity with Vatican exp…
 
Greg Coles is a single Gay Christian whose love and enthusiasm for Jesus shine through in this week's episode. We talk about his childhood on the Indonesian island of Java and his spiritual odyssey of faith and sexual identity. Greg's warmth and humility shatter any preconceived notions I had about someone who has decided God has called him to gay …
 
As a kid, Michael Parise was bullied by his entire class, and for many years considered himself asexual. His senior year in college, Michael Parise decided to abandon his plans for dental school and become a Catholic priest. When he was 48, he had his first kiss with another man. For thirty-two years, he served parishes in the Boston area, but toda…
 
Jaron Terry is one of the most dynamic and fabulous people I’ve ever met. I fell in love with her after getting a free Mama Bear hug at the Gay Christian Network conference this past January. Few people in this world reflect the light and love of Christ like she does. We talk about her about getting shunned by her Methodist church after her son cam…
 
I talk with Tim Rymel, author, educator, and rethinker, about his experience as a leader in the gay conversion therapy movement. Tim grew up Pentecostal in a small town in California, and from a young age, he knew he had same-sex attractions. He also knew that he needed to pray away the gay. His journey from an unshakable conservative Christian to …
 
On this 4th episode, I speak with Amber Cantorna. As the daughter of a Focus on the Family executive, she grew up in the idyllic Christian home. But at the age of nine, Amber learned that appearances were more important than her feelings. She did not have a safe place, even in her own family. She went through a dark period until she was able to acc…
 
I speak with Nathan Tyler Sliwa about his spiritual journey as a gay man and follower of Christ. Nathan is 24 years old and the Minister of Contemporary Music at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, North Carolina, which is just outside of Raleigh. Like so many people who have tried to stay in the church after coming out, Nathan met some resist…
 
I chat with gay romance writer and conservative Christian Jack Schaeffer about how the LGBT communities and the Christian church can work to reconcile the huge divide between the two. We discuss the gay conspiracy to destroy Christianity and explore why the church considers gay sex a "super sin". Jack talks about a pivotal moment in his life when t…
 
On this week's episode, I talk with Washington DC radio personality Michael Sharp. Michael grew up in Shacktown just outside Detroit. His parents were Pentecostal and Catholic, but he and his brother were raised Lutheran and sent to Christian day school. From the age of 10, Michael knew he was gay, but he never told anyone until many years later. B…
 
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