Sure, they make great claims like, “All are welcome here!” and “God loves everyone!” yet I felt ashamed and afraid in these spaces. The message was clear to me: my attraction to my own gender was not quite ready to be received by all in the church.

via SYSI (Lance Hurst) — shvrds


5 Things I Learned in 2015

2015 was not the easiest year of my life. I had to make the hardest decisions and ask the hardest questions in my journey thus far. Questions like, “Who am I? What are my values? Who do I want to become? Where am I heading? How will my decisions impact those around me now and those who will come after me?”

This year brought the greatest depths of pain that I have ever experienced. There were moments of seismic sorrow and deathly darkness. Read More

Beauty and the [Queer]

Beauty and the Beast had a special draw for me as a child (let’s be real, it still does along with the rest of Disney). It was the first movie that I saw in theaters (unless you count my mom going to see Steel Magnolias when she was pregnant with me). But this story of love was so powerful to me. Ask any of my family members and they can tell you about the Beauty and the Beast poster that is still hanging in my bedroom at my grandparents’ house.

Surely liking Beauty and the Beast does not mean much, though. But it became fairly evident to me that most of the things that I were drawn to were not what the prevailing culture had deemed appropriate for little boys. I knew—let’s be clear that I certainly did not have the language for this as a 3 year old—that I was queer. Read More

Our Story

Friends, here is a vulnerable story that I would like to share with you.

Hannah Hurst

To our dear friends and family, Lance and I have taken a huge turn in our lives. Many of you we have not seen or talked to in a while, and we wanted to give you an update because you mean a lot to us. We would like to invite you into our story over the past several months. It is a story of immense pain, gracious love, and desperate hope. Please be gracious and patient with us as we tell our story. It is a different kind of story and an important one.

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What to do with those LGBTQ people out there?!

What if we took a moment to realize that LGBTQ people are just that…people? What if we took a moment to realize that these people are not just out there—wherever there is—but also in our schools, in our businesses, in our neighborhoods, in our families, and in our churches? What if we stopped demonizing those who are different from us and asked questions and got to know people? What if we stopped and listened to the cries of their heart? What if we learned their names, welcomed them into our homes, ate meals with them, and discovered the richness of personality that God created within them? What if we viewed them as fully human instead of doomed sinners?

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