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I Believed Him

I Believed Him

I believed him. Because when victims of targeted violence come forward, we should believe them.I believed him. Because the number of anti-LGBT criminal offenses reported to the FBI—and the number of reported hate crimes overall—continues to rise. And because most...

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Creating a Common Memory: An Evening with Mark Charles

Creating a Common Memory: An Evening with Mark Charles

I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into tonight. To be honest, I didn’t know much about Mark Charles or his work. I knew I wanted to support the Journey Center and my friend Mindy Braun, who organized this event. But as I sit in my car in the...

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You’re So Beautiful: Praying for Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett's "You're So Beautiful (White Party Version)" from the TV show Empire was one of the songs I listened to over and over and over in the months before I came out as gay in the summer of 2016. For me, the words were such a joyful burst of...

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You Gotta Give ‘Em Hope

You Gotta Give ‘Em Hope

I watched Milk last night, and I can't stop thinking about the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement. I'm a "new arrival" to this struggle, and for at least part of my life I was actively AGAINST everything this beautiful community stands for. But the more I...

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Fear Not

Fear Not

Luke 2:10-11 - "But the angel reassured them. 'Don’t be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'" (NLT)I realized last night that I've...

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Favorite Music of 2018

Favorite Music of 2018

Favorite music of 2018. Hard to pick a favorite, but the four in the center are equally important to me. I listened to each of the singles as they became available, and the full albums just knocked me out. Yes, I know “thank u, next,” is a single, but it was exactly...

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Still Standing

Still Standing

Throwback to 2005 and my photoshoot for “Still Standing.” Yes, I recorded a full-length album project back in the day. It’s actually still out there, available wherever you stream your music. Some of it is a little bit embarrassing, I suppose. I’m certainly not the...

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God Is

I discovered this beautiful song a few days ago. Countless listens later, I am still getting emotional when I hear it. I think for Christians like me who are in the process of deconstructing our faith and discovering what we actually believe, worship music can be a...

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An Advent Invitation for Bay Area Folks

An Advent Invitation for Bay Area Folks

If you need a little breathing space before Christmas gets too intense... Sometimes it feels like hope is in short supply. The world seems to be enveloped in darkness, and everywhere you look, people are frustrated, disappointed, angry and hopeless. But throughout the...

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Jackie Hill-Perry and “Gay Girl, Good God”

Jackie Hill-Perry and “Gay Girl, Good God”

This afternoon a friend asked me a question about Jackie Hill Perry. She said someone at her church had recommended Hill-Perry's book "Gay Girl, Good God" as proof that God "can cure homosexuality." I had some thoughts. Might as well share them with everyone, right?...

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#UnchangedLGBTQ

I'm delighted to be featured as part of Q Christian Fellowship's #UnchangedLGBTQ series this week. And I'm grateful for the...

Meeting Cleve Jones

What a beautiful man. Cleve Jones co-founded The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and came up with the idea for the...

When We’re Closest To God

Throwback to little Matt enjoying the swimming pool. I wasn’t thinking about whether I was too fat or whether it looked gay...

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