Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Christian Closet: Yours Truly, Emily Rachelle

Between finals week, moving out of the dorm, and my summer internship, I haven't kept up with the blog. I hope to get a few more posts up this summer.

I've been working on this last Christian Closet post for a month now. It would be wrong of me to continue my blogging on the queer community without stopping to acknowledge the abhorrent event that recently rocked that community.

Since the murder of 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, my friends and I have been reminded just how fragile our hard-won freedom is. We're reminded to count every day a blessing and never let go of each other. In a world where men and women even younger than me are shot and hung and beaten for an intrinsic part of their identity, the freedom to be ourselves is rare and worth clinging to. Eventually I hope to say more about Orlando and the victims of this bloody, preventable hate crime, but right now I still need time to process the loss and collect my thoughts.

I've started a lot of series on this blog before. I don't think any of them have ever had as much feedback as this latest series, The Christian Closet.

When I started this series, it was with the simple intent to share people's stories. My audience here is largely made up of conservative Christians, the group supposedly most at odds with the LGBTQ community. My post "A Coming Out" made waves. As a result of that post, I started hosting LGBTQ Christian friends to show how these two "enemy" groups actually overlap.

I hope you've listened to these stories, my lovely readers. I know some of you have commented, and I and my guests appreciate that. It's good to know your story is heard. Now, to wrap up the series, it's my turn. Today, my lovely readers, I'll be telling my own story as a nondenominational bisexual Christian.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Christian Closet: Rebecca Bauman

Sorry for the skipped week, readers -- the end of the semester is getting tight here at university. But we have two more weeks left in this series!

Rebecca Bauman

Name: Rebecca Bauman

Age: 20

Gender: Genderqueer/ Genderfluid/ Non-Binary (I use she/her and they/them pronouns)

Sexual orientation: Queer

Religious denomination: Mennonite

Education/career: Bachelor of Arts and Science (completed 2 years)

Favorite food: I like to mix it up with various vegetarian creations. Taco salad never fails to please.

Favorite book: I’m eclectically indecisive and love to read. Good LGBTQ+ fiction is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting

Favorite color: Rainbow ;) (I am especially fond of the reddish hues)

Hobbies/sports/interests: Reading, writing, learning (this seems to be a common homeschooler affliction) hiking and camping, singing (sometimes with my guitar or cello), spoken-word poetry, inventing recipes, ultimate Frisbee

Dreams/goals in life: People fascinate me. I would love to work in a capacity that lets me help people tell their stories, because in telling their stories, people receive healing, and in hearing others’ stories, people gain understanding. This could look like working with a NGO, pastoral ministry, or counselling. Whatever I do, I will be writing!

Myers-Briggs type: INFJ

"...the most crucial thing to understand is something that is often forgotten by LGBTQ+ Christians as well. We, LGBTQ+ people, are the church. Sometimes we are allowed into the broader Church; sometimes we are forced to only be church to each other. But when LGBTQ+ Christians are cut out of the greater Church, the church misses out on so many gifts and perspectives."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Christian Closet: Zack


Name: Zack

Age: 22
Gender: Male

Sexual orientation: Gay

Religious denomination: I was raised in a Nondenominational Evangelical Church and joined the Episcopal Church in college.

Education/career: I’m currently finishing a bachelor’s degree in biology and public health, and going back to school to get a nursing degree. My dream is to be a public health nurse and work for a government agency or NGO in an underserved area.

Favorite food: Chicken tikka masala

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite movie: The Prestige

Favorite color: Green

Hobbies/sports/interests: I love reading, spending time with friends and family, and I’ve recently started watercoloring.

Myers-Briggs type: ENFJ

It’s really hard for me to pinpoint the first time that I realized I was gay. I do remember being told at a very young age that people choose to be gay, so I didn’t have the framework to understand why I was so different from the other boys. Being gay was simply not an option. I thought that Christians were never gay, because it was as easy as choosing not to be that way.