With New Pope, a More Open Catholic Church?

Alison Donohue teaches college writing in Hawaii, but her preference is to be back in a Catholic school, an environment where she spent more than …

By Michael O’Loughlin


What Marriage Equality Isn’t

The Supreme Court’s recent decisions concerning same-sex marriage have been heavily touted as victories for the LGBT community. The material benefits that accompany marriage and …

By Kent L. Brintnall


The End of DOMA and the Dismantling of the “Straight State”

Advocates for marriage equality came away from yesterday’s Supreme Court pronouncements on same-sex marriage more jubilant than battered. But there was plenty of hurt to …

By Sarah Barringer Gordon


Being Gay at a Catholic University

When I was a student at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2005, a group of gay students organized with the aim of …

By Michael O’Loughlin


Surveying a Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage

Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in AmericaBy Jeff ChuHarperCollins, 2013 Of all the songs in the “dog-eared …

By Win Bassett


Same-Sex Marriage Comes to the Supreme Court

On March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases—one challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the other California’s Proposition …

By Calvin Massey


Idol Worship: The Beatitudes of Lady Gaga

One evening in the spring of 2011, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, more popularly known as Lad­­­y Gaga, rolled ­down the window of her car to …

By Xarissa Holdaway

The Table

Why My Church Avoids Taking Political Positions

It’s surprisingly tempting for pastors like me to devalue, of all things, Jesus. I was in a conversation just the other day with an awesome, …

By Dave Schmelzer


2012: The Moment of Mormon Diversity

While he officially secured the Republican nomination last March, Mitt Romney’s primary victories in January 2012 all but guaranteed that, for the first time in …

By Max Perry Mueller


To Be Straight, Thin, and “Healthy”

Seeking the Straight and Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical AmericaBy Lynne GerberUniversity of Chicago Press, 2011 Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed …

By Amy Frykholm

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