By Kathy Baldock

Kathy Baldock

Kathy Baldock is a straight, Evangelical Christian, living in Reno, Nev. She is the mother of two straight adult children and has no close LGBT family members, yet works to repair the breach between the the church and the LGBT Christian community.

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Uninformed religious leaders are guilty of causing Leelah Alcorn’s pain, desperation, rejection, and death

| Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Leelah Alcorn
I place culpability and thus, guilt, on Christian and conservative leaders who, over the past four decades, have constructed an extreme intensity of cultural and religious discrimination against the LGBT community.

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‘The Cross in the Closet’ reinforces transphobia while dealing with homophobia

| Saturday, October 20, 2012
Timothy Kurek
Many people that read "The Cross in the Closet" will have had little or no experience with the "T" part of LGBT. I did not start entering intimate relationships with transgender people until years into my own advocacy work. Most people outside, and some people inside the LGBT community, do not have a grasp of the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Same-sex marriage does not obstruct your religious liberty

| Sunday, October 14, 2012
Ren and Josh, married -- Love is love.
What is up for vote in four states this November is civil marriage. A civil marriage is a legal contract within a state; it is not a religious marriage. Pastors will still be able to perform, or not, ceremonies at their will. No pastor will be forced to marry anyone. Period. It is true today and, no matter what the vote is on Nov. 6, it will be true then as well...

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Matthew Vines: Reforming the Gay Christian Debate

| Sunday, September 23, 2012
“What does the Bible say about loving, same-sex relationships?” Nothing. Not a thing. And in that absence of Biblical direction of support for or condemnation of these relationships, Christians need to follow the general principles of the Bible: love, justice and kindness...

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‘Traditional Family Values’ — Which Traditions? Whose Families? What Values?

| Tuesday, August 21, 2012
For the past thirty years, the Bible has been so tightly intertwined into politics that we’ve been confused as to what makes up the Bible and what makes up a political platform. “Traditional family values” — what does this even mean?

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Family Research Council — The destruction continues…

| Saturday, August 18, 2012
There is absolutely no doubt that FRC, along with more than a dozen other “Christian” based organizations lie about LGBT people. And this is the root of the escalating tension: the propagation of lies. This does damage. This oppresses fellow humans. Those who continue to do this all use the Bible to validate their oppression, making it extremely vile to many Christians. You can only push on and denigrate people for so long before it boils over...

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Edith Windsor vs. the United States: Edie 4, U.S. 0

| Saturday, June 9, 2012
Thea Spyer and Edith Windsor
It seemed an intimate a moment as Edie drifted off to her memories. It was so sweet and it touched the depth of me. I was listening to a woman who fell in love at first sight and never stopped loving her partner of 44 years. “Did getting married after 42 years make a difference, Edie?”, I wondered. “Oh, Y E S ! It felt like we were finally recognized by friends and family and people around us. It felt wonderful!”

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Mel White exposes ‘lies the Christian Right tell us to deny gay equality’

| Sunday, May 27, 2012
How and why do otherwise kind and Jesus-esque people become machines motivated by fear and unleashed in ignorance when the topic switches to the gay community? And how, on this one topic, do some Christians neglect the clear Biblical mandates to care for the poor and the outcast and turn all their negative energy onto the LGBT community? Who can we “thank” for this diversion and inoculation of deception and ignorance? "Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Right Tells to Deny Gay Equality," by Mel White, is a treasure map to the answer...

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‘Day of Dialogue’ from Focus on the Family is ‘sacred discrimination’

| Sunday, April 8, 2012
I have a hair-trigger sensitivity for the protection of LGBT youth. Even if an action is wrapped in heart-themed paper and tied with a Jesus-loves-you ribbon, when there is something rotten inside, I can smell it. There is something very rotten at the core of the Day of Dialogue event sponsored by the conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family.

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The Bible and homosexuality, a Biblical presentation with Matthew Vines

| Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Matthew Vines
Matthew Vines attended a conservative Presbyterian church growing up. He excelled in school and went to Harvard in 2008, and in that less restrictive social and academic environment, Matthew came to understand and accept that he was gay. In conservative denominations, there are only a few options for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members: leave it all behind to possibly find a welcoming denomination, stay and hide out or submit to a reparative therapy program, or leave the church altogether. None of those seemed acceptable to Matthew...

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