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Origin Story

In spring 2013, I was waiting: for the Vatican to announce a new Pope, and for the U.S. Supreme Court to announce its landmark rulings regarding same-sex relationships. The news media showed a bitter divide between the religious right and LGBTQ people. But in my heart, I tried to reconcile both: hope for legal recognition for queer relationships, and hope for a new pope who would give spiritual approval. 

We read about religions condemning homosexuality, and homosexuals condemning religion, but what about those in between? What about the LGBTQ people in our churches, mosques and synagogues — and those who have been rejected by them? How are they living in this intersection?

In the middle of a sleepless night, I realized that I needed to hear how others were negotiating this apparent chasm. As a writer, a spiritual seeker, and a queer person, I knew that this was the next project in my life. Early on I stopped asking "Why?" and instead have asked, "Why not?" That question took me into 16 cities and nearly 90 life-changing conversations. 

It is now 2019, and I am working on a book-length manuscript based on what I learned in these conversations. I look forward to sharing more about that in the months ahead.  

 

Goals

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Document the stories of LGBTQ people of faith

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Unf*ck your religious life

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Write stories for “mainstream” outlets about the nexus of spirituality and religion

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