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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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Boy Erased

Boy Erased

Last night I went to see the new movie Boy Erased, based on the memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley. Many of you know that I share a similar story of attempted “conversion therapy” and have asked for my thoughts. I highly recommend the movie, and I...

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National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day

It's #NationalComingOutDay. Now, it's no secret that I'm gay, but it was. For a very long time. And for me, coming out was one of the most important moments of my life. It has not been easy... In fact, the last couple of years have been more difficult than I...

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Advocating for Church Clarity

Advocating for Church Clarity

I'm honored to be featured as an advocate on the Church Clarity website. It's so important for LGBTQ+ people to know where churches stand on the issue of inclusion. Many of us have paid a high price to finally be honest. We think that churches should be...

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