Everyone is loving the LGBTQ+ twist in Comic Relief’s Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel

Everyone is loving the LGBTQ+ twist in Comic Relief's Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel

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25 years on from the release of Richard Curtis’s Four Weddings and a Funeral , a sequel finally made it onto our screens last night for Comic Relief 2019. And One Red Nose Day and a Wedding came with an LGBTQ+ twist that no one was expecting, and everyone is loving.

We knew that many of the original stars would appear, and we knew that it would centre around the wedding day of Lily James, playing the daughter of the two original leads – Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie MacDowell). However, we were kept in the dark about who Lily’s character would marry.

It turned out to be Alicia Vikander, and fans everywhere are praising the beautiful scenes. Not to be dramatic but Lily James and Alicia Vikander getting married deserves an Oscar #comicrelief2019 — Abbie (@jollyhilly) March 15, 2019 SO MUCH GAY SO MUCH BEAUTY AAAAHHHHH #ComicRelief2019 pic.twitter.com/55QP4RzJ3H — Serena (@morganasluthor) March 15, 2019 Lily James and Alicia Vikander is the celebrity couple we all deserve. #ComicRelief2019 #RedNoseDay — Grace Louise West (@GraceLouise95_) March 15, 2019 Sooo…
Alicia Vikander and Lily James went and got married…
LARA CROFT AND CINDERELLA!!!

Letter to the editor: Island Methodist church welcomes LGBT people

Letter to the editor: Island Methodist church welcomes LGBT people

Re: “United Methodist delegates defeat bid to ease LGBT bans” ( Feb. 26 ):

The 2019 General Conference of the United Methodist Church has tried to redefine what it means to be a Christian. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” has come to be known as The Golden Rule: Treat others with the same concern and kindness that you want to be shown. Except now that doesn’t apply to the LGBTQIA community! Where is the justice in that? Where is the grace and the love of God in that?

Brackett Memorial United Methodist Church on Peaks Island is part of the New England Conference , along with about 600 other churches. This conference, including Brackett Memorial, will continue to be inclusive and welcoming of everyone, including LGBTQIA persons. The Reconciling Ministries Network, of which we’re a member, calls it “Standing Our Holy Ground.”

We’re not jumping ship. We will continue to practice our faith, sing in the choir, prepare to be Easter people, knit prayer shawls for others needing to be enveloped in love, collect treasures for the next rummage sale, support our neighbors through Greater Portland Family Promise and all the other ministries we enact as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.

As our pastor, Rev. Angela Rotherham, said in her recent letter to the Peaks Island community: “We will continue to offer safe space for all people who seek to be inclusive in their relationships and who seek to know a God who turns no one away. We celebrate your God-given gifts. We bless your covenantal relationships. We honor God’s call on your life to bring hope, joy and love to the world.” You are welcome here.

Jean Ashmore

chair, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Brackett Memorial United Methodist Church

Peaks Island

LGBTI groups and figures respond to the New Zealand mosque mass shooting

LGBTI groups and figures respond to the New Zealand mosque mass shooting

Christchurch police and authorities | Photo: Geof Wilson/Fliclr LGBTI groups, celebrities, and figures are responding to the mass shooting that happened in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday (14 March).

New Zealand police arrested and charged a 28-year-old man in connection to the shooting. They also have two other suspects in custody.

A gunman opened fire at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchuch, the largest city in the country’s South Island, and killed at least 41 people. About three miles away, there was a second shooting at Linwood Mosque. This shooting left seven dead.

A final victim died on the way to the hospital.

The man charged with the crimes is a self-identified white man from Australia. Prior to the shooting, he posted a 74-page manifesto filled with anti-immigrant and white nationalist ideas. He also live-streamed the shooting. New Zealand’s Prime Minister responds

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the shooting was one of the country’s ‘darkest days’.

‘We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism,’ she said during a news conference. ‘We were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it.’

Ardern continued: ‘Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand. They may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home.’

Her statement concluded: ‘They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.’ HRC, GLAAd, and more speak out

GLAAD wrote in a tweet their ‘hearts break for the Muslim community’. Our hearts break for the Muslim community in New Zealand after this horrific terror attack. We must stand together against the Islamophobia, anti-Muslim hate, and white supremacy that fuels attacks like this. — GLAAD (@glaad) March 15, 2019 ‘We mourn the loss of life of peaceful worshippers in last night’s unconscionable, hate-fueled violence in New Zealand,’ the ACLU wrote. We mourn the loss of life of peaceful worshippers in last night’s unconscionable, hate-fueled violence in New Zealand. A sad reality is anti-Muslim sentiment has long been on the rise right here in the US. We must reject religious bigotry in all forms. https://t.co/P3APygxA5X — ACLU (@ACLU) March 15, 2019 We will not rest until all people can live without fear. — ACLU (@ACLU) March 15, 2019 Planned Parenthood tweeted ‘we all deserve to live free from fear and violence’. Islamophobia is real.
White supremacy is real.
Hatred is real. From New Zealand to the U.S. or no matter where you live, we deserve better — we all deserve to live free from fear and violence. — Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) March 15, 2019 Stonewall UK wrote ‘it’s more important than ever to stand together in solidarity’. Everyone here at Stonewall is shocked and heartbroken by the terrorist attack in #Christchurch . In the face of such a hateful and violent act, it’s more important than ever to stand together in solidarity. — Stonewall (@stonewalluk) March 15, 2019 Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released a statement about the attack.

‘We are heartbroken and outraged by this terrorist attack on Muslims in places of worship, and we mourn for the victims and their families,’ he said.

‘Hate violence against Muslims is a global epidemic, fueled by the toxic combination of Islamaphobia and xenophobia that has led to tragedies here in the United States and in nations around the world. […] Now is a time to be united against hate — not engage in the “both sides” rhetoric that only serves to legitimize extremists.’

He continued: ‘On this day, and every day, we join in solidarity with the Muslim community, including LGBTQ Muslims, to honor the victims of hate-fueled violence with action and to combat hate and bigotry in all of its forms.’ ‘Woke up to the most heartbreaking news imaginable’

Other LGBTI individuals responded to the news.

Singer Troye Sivan wrote that he was ‘sick to his stomach’. Woke up to the most heartbreaking news imaginable. Sick to my stomach over the atrocities in Christchurch. Thinking of all the families, and the Islamic community of New Zealand — troye (@troyesivan) March 15, 2019 Sivan was born in South Africa, but moved to Australia when he was two and grew up in Perth.

Gay Senator Tammy Baldwin: My heart is with the victims of horrific hate and tragic gun violence at a house of worship in New Zealand. Wisconsin sends our deepest sympathies to the families and friends who lost a loved one in Christchurch. — Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) March 15, 2019 Gay journalist Kyle Buchanan was in the country when the shooting happened and said he was ‘heart broken, soul heavy’. I’m still in New Zealand, now well south of Christchurch. Heart broken, soul heavy. https://t.co/G0kXNHTA8F — Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) March 15, 2019 Several Democratic presidential candidates also tweeted about the attack. My heart is heavy with grief for New Zealand & Muslims worldwide affected by the tragic murders in Christchurch. The massacre of those in a house of worship, in prayer, is evil & cowardly. We stand with our friends around the world to condemn hate & speak out against intolerance. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 15, 2019 I’m sickened by the news coming out of New Zealand—the horrific terrorist attack targeting Muslims at prayer that killed at least 49 people. The rising tide of white supremacy and Islamophobia around the globe must be met with our determination to work against hate. — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) March 15, 2019 . @jacindaardern we mourn with you, the Muslim community, and all New Zealanders. We join you in standing up to hatred and extremism at home and around the world—today and every day. https://t.co/U3ha7jY5xK — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 15, 2019 Our thoughts are with the victims of the horrific attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. No one should have to fear for their life because of their religion. We must come together to condemn all forms of hate and violence to build a future of respect and understanding. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 15, 2019 Pete Buttigieg, the only openly gay candidate, wrote simply: ‘White nationalism kills.’ And yet again, the obvious bears repeating: white nationalism kills. — Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) March 15, 2019 See also

LGBT Purge survivors urge education, awareness

LGBT Purge survivors urge education, awareness

When Wayne Davis embarked on his RCMP career in 1965, he was fulfilling a childhood dream that would take him across the country, and eventually, into a dark part of Canada’s history that is often left in the shadows.

From the 1950s to mid-1990s, thousands of LGBT members of RCMP, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Federal Public Services were weeded out through an unspoken policy known as ‘The Purge’.

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For Davis, it brought a swift end to an 18-year career as a staff sergeant. In fact, homosexuality was illegal in Canada during his first two years with RCMP.

“I was promoted again and moved to Toronto, where my career came to a screeching halt in 1985,” Davis, who was closeted at work at the time, recalled. “I was called into administration one day, and they said ‘someone saw you in a gay bar. Why were you in a gay bar?’ I guess I could have said I was there with a gay friend- but I was tired and a little bit defiant. I simply said ‘I was in a gay bar because I’m gay’.”

The often abusive and degrading tactics are summarized in a documentary called The Fruit Machine; named for a failed device commissioned to detect homosexuality.

Michelle Douglas was enjoying early career success in the Armed Forces when she went through a disturbing investigation.

“One day my boss came to see me. He said we had an investigation to attend to. The next thing I know, I was dropped off at a hotel room where I was interrogated for days by military police officers about my sexual orientation,” Douglas said. “It was devastating. It was an incredibly hard period of time. I felt humiliated, embarrassed, ashamed, and scared.”

She would go on to successfully sue the military in a landmark 1992 case that ended Canada’s formalized ban on LGBT people in the armed forces.

In the decades since, the pair are proud to see 2SLGBTQIA+ rights progress.

Douglas was in the House of Commons for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology for historical mistreatment of LGBTQ2 Canadians.

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“It was a measure of justice I didn’t get long ago. It was a long journey, no question about it. Some of the reflections from the past are still very difficult for me to think about today. But I’m an optimist. I also know how lucky I am to live in Canada, where change is possible.”

While Davis describes himself as a ‘newborn activist’ that was skeptical of the apology, it quickly came to hold a special place in his heart.

“You apologize for the Head Tax, Japanese internment, aboriginal residential schools- what does that serve,” Davis mused. “It’s incredibly meaningful for the person or group or organization being apologized to. That shocked me, how meaningful it was to me.”

“Apologies mean something. Apologies are the start of righting a wrong.”

UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity Jacq Brasseur says education about topics like the purge is important to continue to tackle systemic issues.

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“Every day I talk to LGBT people who have not been invited for second interviews after being seen, I’ve heard stories of people whose workplaces have become hostile for them and there’s almost a feeling of having to resign.”

“I just hope what people take away from this is learning more about Canadian history and about how LGBT people have been persecuted by the Canadian government and have more conversations about how transphobia and homophobia, at a systemic level, still exists.

Douglas and Davis will speak at the University of Regina on Friday night before speaking at CFB Moose Jaw on Saturday.

They’re also urging other survivors of the purge to apply for compensations and other reparative measures before April 25th as part of a major settlement with the federal government.

In a 2016 national class-action lawsuit, the Government of Canada was sued for its role in the Purge. Over $100 million from the settlement is reserved for compensating LGBTQ+ people who were victimized, while another $15 million is for historical reconciliation, education, and memorialization projects.

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United Methodist Church probes voting irregularities over LGBT policy

United Methodist Church probes voting irregularities over LGBT policy

Queer Methodist clergy were saddened by the votes (United Methodist General Conference/facebook) The United Methodist Church says it will investigate irregularities over a vote to reject plans to become LGBT-inclusive.

In February, delegates at the worldwide United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, voted to reject a plan to adopt a more welcoming stance towards LGBT+ people.

However, the voting process itself has now been called into question over significant irregularities, after The New York Times alleged that ballots were cast by people associated with anti-LGBT churches who were not registered delegates at the event. United Methodist Church ‘looking into’ voting irregularities in LGBT+ probe

In a statement , the United Methodist Church said it was “looking into a question that ineligible persons may have received credentials to vote,” and that “it appears possible that a very limited number of ineligible persons” were able to vote.

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, the president of the Council of Bishops, told the New York Times that the irregularities were “distressing and of great concern.”

CNN reports that the irregularities are likely not significant enough to have impacted the result of votes on LGBT+ issues, but figures within the church suggested the entire process had been brought into disrepute. Bishop Kenneth H. Carter of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton told the New York Times that church leaders were discussing whether new votes should be called, adding: “The findings that have come out have caused a serious impact on issues of trust and integrity about the whole process.”

Conference secretary Rev. Gary W. Graves said: “We take the integrity of the legislative process very seriously, and the breakdown in the process is troubling.

“The matter is being referred to the Commission on the General Conference.” Methodists voted to reject pro-LGBT plan

Methodists voted by 449 to 374 to defeat an inclusive “One Church” proposal that would have allowed local congregations to decide on whether to allow same-sex weddings and LGBT+ clergy themselves.

In a second 438 to 384 vote, Methodists backed a “Traditional Plan,” which rigidly enforces the denomination’s teachings against homosexuality and defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

The vote was condemned by LGBT+ campaigners.

Jay Brown of the HRC Foundation said: “Countless LGBTQ Methodists, including young people and their families, are yearning for a welcoming church family.

“Unfortunately, today The United Methodist Church decided against taking meaningful steps that would include LGBTQ Methodists fully in the life of the church.

“However, despite this decision, it’s clear that LGBTQ Methodists and allies will continue to push for inclusion—not in spite of their faith, but because of it.

The Bachelor: Karamo Brown sparks outrage by asking if star is gay

The Bachelor: Karamo Brown sparks outrage by asking if star is gay

Karamo Brown has been criticised for questioning The Bachelor star Colton Underwood’s sexuality. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty and ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty and Twitter) Karamo Brown has sparked outrage on Twitter by questioning whether The Bachelor star Colton Underwood might be gay.

The Queer Eye star tweeted on Thursday (March 14): “I just watched the last couple of episodes of the bachelor… are we sure he isn’t gay? Karamo Brown tweeted about The Bachelor star on Thursday. (Karamo/twitter) “Lol. My gaydar is going crazy ” he added about Underwood, whose season of the show ended on Tuesday (March 12). Karamo Brown dragged for suggesting The Bachelor star Colton Underwood might be gay

People have been upset by the post, with tweeters commenting: “Worst Karamo take ever” and “This is gross. Do better.”

Some have criticised Brown for seemingly endorsing the idea that people have a gaydar.

One person wrote: “Are we sure we want to perpetuate the gaydar myth in the year 2019? Nobody except LGBT themselves gets to say they are gay. The gaydar means nothing.

“I really thought someone from @QueerEye would know this very basic principle. Guess I thought wrong.”

Another tweet told Brown: “Hey @Karamo, I have a lot of respect for you man, but this tweet really isn’t it. “How about we don’t risk potentially outing someone by causing online conversation on a topic that is 100 percent not anyone’s business.”

— @aquamarine2013 “The ‘ Gaydar ‘ myth reinforces harmful stereotypes about how gay and straight men are allowed to act in our society, and seeing you perpetuate and spread it is disappointing.

“ Queer Eye celebrates that there are many different ways for straight and gay men to conduct themselves.”

They also condemned Brown for opening a debate on Underwood’s sexual orientation on Twitter, pointing out that “publicly speculating on someone else’s sexuality can be damaging to them.

“It opens them up to scepticism and harassment, and if they are LGBTQ+ it can force them out of the closet when they are not ready or even potentially when it would be unsafe for them to come out.”

Other people voiced this view too, writing that Brown shouldn’t be questioning someone else’s sexuality in such a public forum.

“How about we don’t risk potentially outing someone by causing online conversation on a topic that is 100 percent not anyone’s business,” tweeted one person. “May want to rethink this tweet. This is how you throw gas on someone else’s fire and now he’s got to defend himself when he shouldn’t have to.”

Another user said: “Not cool to speculate on someone else’s sexuality Karamo. Remember how that felt when you weren’t ready yet? It’s not your story to tell.”

A different commenter wrote: “May want to rethink this tweet. This is how you throw gas on someone else’s fire and now he’s got to defend himself when he shouldn’t have to.

“Private talk maybe but using public format to discuss his orientation is unbecoming of what all you teach people on Queer Eye .” Tweeters tell Karamo Brown he is “perpetuating stereotypes” with tweet about The Bachelor

Some accused Brown of identifying Underwood as potentially gay because The Bachelor star was aware of his own emotions.

One of these people tweeted: “Colton sometimes acts in a way that might be deemed traditionally feminine as he is in touch with his feelings.

“By saying that he is gay because of this is wrong in a multitude of ways because it is perpetuating stereotypes of masculinity and being gay.” “We need to change how we treat our men and their feelings. This is part of why men are afraid to tune into themselves .”

Another asked: “But why? Because he is a man who is in tune with his feelings ? Waiting for the right person? Is emotional? And not afraid to show it?

“We need to change how we treat our men and their feelings. This is part of why men are afraid to tune into themselves .”

Melissa Etheridge is headlining San Diego Pride this year

Melissa Etheridge is headlining San Diego Pride this year

San Diego Pride announced on Thursday (14 March) that Melissa Etheridge is going to be the headliner for their event this year.

Founded in 1974, San Diego Pride held their first event the following year. It was held in honor and celebration of Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Fittingly, this year’s theme is Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation. They chose the theme because this year is the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. At San Diego Pride, they will ‘honor and reflect on the Stonewall generation, their activism and all that the LGBTQ community has gained through their efforts’.

Etheridge will be a part of that.

‘To my LGBTQ fans in San Diego and around the world, I have so much to thank you for,’ the rock singer said in a statement.

‘You are the proof that we can become the change we wish to see. This community makes me a better person every day and this year at San Diego Pride, we will raise our spirits to the heavens and rock ‘til we drop!’

Fernando Z. López, executive director of San Diego Pride, added he can ‘think of no one better to embody that spirit’ of celebrating the launch of the modern-day LGBTI civil rights movement than Etheridge.

‘Her decades of meaningful music and inspired advocacy continue to connect the LGBTQ community and carve a better path forward both here and around the world,’ he continued. Who gets to perform at Pride?

Etheridge first came out publicly in 1993. Her announcement of performing at Pride, along with the likes of Kesha at LOVELOUD , comes amidst a discussion of the artists asked to perform at Pride events.

Recently, Ariana Grande responded to criticism that she’s headlining Manchester Pride this year. The criticism stemmed from both increased ticket prices as well as Grande not being an LGBTI artist.

Years & Years singer Olly Alexander, who is also performing at Manchester Pride, defended Grande .

‘In the case of Manchester Pride – Ariana has shown more than most that she cares about us and loves Manchester,’ he said.

‘Does that mean we shouldn’t try harder to celebrate all the amazing queer talent? No! But – can’t stress this enough – if more people listened to and supported LGBT+ artists – they’d get more slots.’

San Diego Pride takes place 13-14 July. Etheridge will close out the event on Sunday. See also

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Gay USC official arrested in college admissions scandal

Gay USC official arrested in college admissions scandal

Out lesbian athletic director at USC Donna Heinel (Photo: Facebook) An out lesbian athletic director at the University of Southern California has been fired for her part in the US college admissions scandal.

USC fired Senior Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel after she was indicted in federal court in Massachusetts, according to the LA Times.

Heinel reportedly took more than US$1.3 million in bribes to help parents get their children into USC as ‘athletes’ if their grades were not high enough.

Federal prosecutors say more than 50 people took part in the multi-million dollar scheme.

It involved cheating on standardized tests and bribing college coaches and school officials to accept students as college athletes.

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the dozens of parents facing federal charges.

Staff at nine elite schools as well as exam administrators are also under investigation.

Parents paid tens of thousands of dollars to get their children into elite schools.

The FBI has said CEO of college admissions prep company called The Key, William Rick Singer, is behind the scheme. Donna Heinel

Heinel was USC athletics’ chief administrative officer and senior women’s administrator.

Heinel is married to a woman and has two young children. She is the only school administrator indicted in the nationwide probe.

But, Heinel was also a prominent member of L GBT Collegiate Athletics , according to Auto Straddle.

In 2017, Heinel spear-headed efforts at USC that led it receiving a perfect score from Athlete Ally for LGBTQ inclusive sport spaces.

She was also credited with revitalizing the LGBT athletic committee at USC.

In 2016, the committee distributed rainbow ‘We are SC’ rainbow t-shirts for Coming Out Day.

Calling same-sex attraction sinful makes lgbt individuals ‘more like the rest of us,’ says evangelical leader

Calling same-sex attraction sinful makes lgbt individuals 'more like the rest of us,' says evangelical leader

Supporters of same-sex couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig waving flags and holding from The Human Rights Campaign as attorneys exit the Supreme Court from the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on December 5, 2017. Saying that same-sex sexual attraction is sinful means that LGBT individuals are “more like the rest of us” not less so, according to a conservative evangelical leader.

Denny Burk, professor at Boyce College and president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, gave a lecture last week on the debate over whether having same-sex attraction was itself sinful.

Speaking before an audience on Mar. 7 at the Chapel Banquet Hall at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary of Kansas City, Missouri, Burk analyzed how the Bible approached defining sin when it came to desires and temptation.

“Insofar as same-sex orientation designates the experience of sexual desire for a person of the same sex, yes, it is sinful. Insofar as same-sex orientation indicates emotional attractions that brim with erotic possibility, yes, those attractions too are sinful,” concluded Burk. Denny Burk, professor at Boyce College and president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, giving remarks at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday, March 7, 2019. “Insofar as sexual orientation designates an identity, yes that identity too is a sinful fiction that contradicts God’s design for His creation. All of it is sinful.”

When examining how this applied to the debate over LGBT acceptance in the church, Burk stated that “to call same-sex attraction sinful does not make gay people less like the rest of us. On the contrary, it makes them more like the rest of us.”

“We are not singling out gay people as if their experience is somehow more repugnant than everybody else’s,” said Burk. “All of us bear the marks of our connection to Adam.”

“All of us are crooked deep down. All of us have thoughts and inclinations and attitudes that are deeply antithetical to God’s intentions for us. All of us need renewal from the inside out and that can only come from the grace of Christ.”

Burk added that he was not arguing that “all sin has the same consequence,” but he was stating that “all sins have the same source and that source is in every single one of us.”

“The odd thing about what you see in debates among the Christians about this is that we’re seeing some people wanting to treat same-sex sin as different from all other kinds of sins,” continued Burk.

“People are usually okay saying ‘if you desire something sinful that’s a bad desire, you should repent of it,’ except when it comes for this. What I am saying is that we are in this predicament together.” Wesley Hill, associate professor of New Testament at the Trinity School for Ministry based in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, giving keynote speech at the first-ever Revoice Conference, held July 26-28, 2018 at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Burk drew upon Matthew 5:27-28 , which Jesus spoke of adultery including thoughts, and Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness to argue that while temptation is not always inherently sinful, it can be.

Burk also took issue with the claim of some, including Matthew Vines in his book God and the Gay Christian , that the Bible does not address sexual orientation.

“These concepts of attraction and desire and orientation are altogether in the literature,” argued Burk, noting that the Bible has much to say about desire and attraction. “In fact, orientation is defined by those terms.”

“So this is the common way that the terms are used. Sexual orientation is defined by the direction of one’s sexual desire over time. Sexual attraction and sexual desire are essentially the same thing.”

Last year, Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri hosted the Revoice conference, a gathering of a few hundred LGBT individuals in churches who adhere to biblical standards of sexual ethics.

Revoice garnered controversy over claims that the conference was pushing pro-LGBT ideology into conservative churches. Critics included Michael Brown, host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program.

In a column published last year by The Christian Post , Brown noted that at certain times "the terminology used by Revoice speakers and presenters affirms LGBTQ+ talking points in unhelpful and even dangerous ways."

Brown cited one of the workshops being titled "Redeeming Queer Culture: An Adventure," arguing that a Christian should never self-identify as "queer."

"Even the concept of LGBTQ+ individuals as being part of a ‘sexual minority’ raises all kinds of red flags, as if sinful temptations and disordered desires grant someone a ‘minority’ status," he added.

Greg Johnson, lead pastor of Memorial Presbyterian, defended Revoice in an interview with CP last year, noting that “gays are part of our mission field.”

“They are broken people just like us who need Jesus just like us. Jesus didn’t come to call the righteous but sinners,” said Johnson.

“The reality is that the Gospel has power, and Jesus saves sinners. Straight sinners and gay sinners and rich sinners and poor sinners. He saves them and calls them to a life of self-sacrificial discipleship.”

For his part, Burk has been critical of Revoice, arguing that the 2018 conference failed to add any tangibly new content to the debate on celibate gay Christianity.

“I don’t think anything new has been added to our knowledge about the celibate gay identity movement that we didn’t already know,” wrote Burk in a column last year.

“In short, the conference was of a piece with what has come before in books and articles and other conferences. Perhaps the only new wrinkle is the involvement of a PCA church and the questions that raises for that denomination.”

Last month, around 300 people attended “God’s Voice,” a conference organized in response to Revoice that was held at Fairview Baptist Church of Edmond, Oklahoma.

“Our desire is to bring the clarity of the Word of God,” explained Stephen Black, executive director with First Stone Ministries and part of the God’s Voice Committee in an earlier interview with CP.

“God’s Word promises God’s grace which has the power to bring souls to a sincere, born again experience and to God’s transforming power.”

Right-wing Alliance Defending Freedom launch another anti-trans campaign

Right-wing Alliance Defending Freedom launch another anti-trans campaign

Rainbow flag and American flags | Photo: Flickr/IIP Photo Archive American right-wing anti-LGBTQ group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is rolling out their strategy to fight back against the Equality Act .

But to no one’s surprise, their strategy is pointedly anti-trans women.

Congress re-introduced the Equality’s Act yesterday (15 March) for the third time. Seeking to enshrine LGBTI projections to America’s civil rights.

If passed, the bill would extend the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 to cover discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In a Tweet , a screenshot of an ADF statement sent LGBTI Twitter into overdrive. What did the ADF say?

In the screenshot, ADF senior vice president of US legal divisions Kristen Waggoner outlined the group’s opposition to the act.

He said: ‘It would undermine women’s equality and force women and girls to share private, obstinate spaces with men who identity as female, in addition to denying women fair competition in sports.’

Transphobic comments over bathrooms and sports ? Original. ‘Threatening fundamental freedoms’

Furthermore, Waggoner added the bill would ‘force’ Americans into ‘messages that violate their core beliefs.’

However, this is despite how two in three Americans support LGBTI rights, such as marriage equality, according to a study.

Moreover, it would ‘undermine’ ‘human dignity.’ in addition to ‘threatening’ fundamental freedoms.’ Who are the ADF?

From historically supporting laws that would make being LGBTI illegal to bluntly opposing marriage equality, the ADF have a negative track record.

Some ADF members supported the ‘gay propaganda law’ in Russia and have touted myths about trans people for years.

Furthermore, the group paid a homophobic US Supreme Court candidate thousands to speak at their events. See also

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