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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Timothy Kurek

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex marriage does not obstruct your religious liberty

Sunday, October 14, 2012
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... [ Read more → ]
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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... [ Read more → ]
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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? [ Read more → ]
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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... [ Read more → ]
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Edith Windsor vs. the United States: Edie 4, U.S. 0

Saturday, June 9, 2012
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!” [ Read more → ]
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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... [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Vines

The Bible and homosexuality, a Biblical presentation with Matthew Vines

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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... [ Read more → ]
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‘I no longer identify as a Christian . . .’ — they often write

Friday, December 9, 2011
If part of a person’s expression of faith means treating people unequally, denying rights of others and making them a target of their fear, that faith is not aligned with the God of the Bible. They may be aligned with a God of a party or a denomination, but they are missing the heart of the Father God, the One who created and loves His children. Every one of them. [ Read more → ]
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Student Non-Discrimination Act needed to protect LGBT students from bullying

Sunday, November 13, 2011
It’s essential that the Student Non Discrimination Act becomes part of Elementary and Secondary Education re-Authorization Act (ESEA) when it comes for vote in the Senate. It will expand the protection from bullying based on: religion, sex, national origin and disabilities to include protection for sexual orientation and gender identity for LGBT students. [ Read more → ]
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Brown, Lively cite Christian faith as source of passion against ‘radical gay agenda’

Saturday, October 22, 2011
I have given up on trying to influence either Brown or Lively, both with whom I have had extensive interaction. But, watching and listening, are well-intended, good Christian people trying to discern the truth in this dialogue. All one needs do is pay attention to the tone of the message. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey, the game of peek-a-boo is over — gay people exist. Grow up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Linda, the game of peek-a-boo is over. You are a grown Christian woman now. Not only is yours the attitude of a two-year old, it is wholly non-Christian to ignore and discount others. What Jesus would do if He encountered His gay neighbor? [ Read more → ]
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Trans-Stonewall: Chaz opens the door

Sunday, September 18, 2011
I imagine I serve a Wonderful Creator Who really is creative; in all this lovely complexity of humanity, He understands both gender and sex. Yet plenty of people are already plotting the next onslaught of bigotry directed at the transgender community. Some people will react with scorn and “how dare he/she” comments. Try not to be in that prison with them. [ Read more → ]
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‘Str8apology lady’ visits Charlotte Pride: ‘Jesus loves you just the way you are’

Monday, September 5, 2011
As in any group, there are extremists Christians who intensely dislike and even hate the LGBT community. At the other end of the spectrum, are affirming Christians and denominations who welcome equality in both ordinations and unions. Then, in that big middle majority space are the ones who are still trying to decide where they land on the issues of inclusion and reconciliation of faith and orientation. Those are the ones I am challenging. [ Read more → ]
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Bullies with Bibles, preachers and screechers descend upon Charlotte Pride

Saturday, September 3, 2011
One of the most severe forms of bullying is the misuse of the Word of God — with its intrinsic message of love — to try to coerce anyone to conform and worse, to do harm to people. [ Read more → ]
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God does have a ‘better way’ — Don’t stand in the path of it

Friday, September 2, 2011
Be advised, you do not dictate the rules for God’s House of Worship. God does have a much better way. If you can't figure it out or understand it, get out of the way, because a revival is hitting the LGBT Christian community and more are navigating their way around your “repent or burn” banners... [ Read more → ]
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‘God Has A Better Way’ protest aims to stifle Charlotte Gay Pride festivities

Monday, August 15, 2011
I don’t appreciate anyone telling me that God has a better way in a context that is only used to change or “fix” me into what they think God wants for me. What about what I have come to know God wants for me? They are not serving Jesus, they are serving their own ignorance... [ Read more → ]
Kathy Baldock

Trans-mockery in the House of God? Get educated…

Sunday, August 7, 2011
As the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities find more acceptance in churches and in society, still left in the shadows and in the back corners hidden from our kind considerations are the transgender people. I am witnessing them become the next target of religious leaders. [ Read more → ]
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Jesus left room for same-sex marriage and New York state moved in — Mazel Tov

Thursday, July 28, 2011
Look for the message of Jesus in the Bible. He is the Bringer of Equality. He is the Breaker of Tradition. He is the Bridge for All. He is the Door to Freedom. He has left room at the marriage altar for all the children He loves. [ Read more → ]
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