LGBTQ Nation » By Kathy Baldock The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:16:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Uninformed religious leaders are guilty of causing Leelah Alcorn’s pain, desperation, rejection, and death Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:30:08 +0000 [kbaldock] 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.]]> 0 ‘The Cross in the Closet’ reinforces transphobia while dealing with homophobia Sat, 20 Oct 2012 19:30:08 +0000 [kbaldock] 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.]]> 0 Same-sex marriage does not obstruct your religious liberty Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:00:39 +0000 [kbaldock] 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...]]> 0 Matthew Vines: Reforming the Gay Christian Debate Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:00:18 +0000 [kbaldock] “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...]]> 0 ‘Traditional Family Values’ — Which Traditions? Whose Families? What Values? Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:00:56 +0000 [kbaldock] 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?]]> 0 Family Research Council — The destruction continues… Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:00:45 +0000 [kbaldock] 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...]]> 0 Edith Windsor vs. the United States: Edie 4, U.S. 0 Sat, 09 Jun 2012 16:00:34 +0000 [kbaldock] 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!”]]> 0 Mel White exposes ‘lies the Christian Right tell us to deny gay equality’ Sun, 27 May 2012 18:00:51 +0000 [kbaldock] 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... ]]> 0 ‘Day of Dialogue’ from Focus on the Family is ‘sacred discrimination’ Sun, 08 Apr 2012 17:00:00 +0000 [kbaldock] 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. ]]> 0 The Bible and homosexuality, a Biblical presentation with Matthew Vines Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:46:48 +0000 [kbaldock] 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...]]> 0 ‘I no longer identify as a Christian . . .’ — they often write Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:30:40 +0000 [kbaldock] 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.]]> 0 Student Non-Discrimination Act needed to protect LGBT students from bullying Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:30:55 +0000 [kbaldock] 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.]]> 0 Brown, Lively cite Christian faith as source of passion against ‘radical gay agenda’ Sat, 22 Oct 2011 23:00:31 +0000 [kbaldock] 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. ]]> 0 Linda Harvey, the game of peek-a-boo is over — gay people exist. Grow up. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:00:55 +0000 [kbaldock] 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? ]]> 0 Trans-Stonewall: Chaz opens the door Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:30:01 +0000 [kbaldock] 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. ]]> 0 ‘Str8apology lady’ visits Charlotte Pride: ‘Jesus loves you just the way you are’ Mon, 05 Sep 2011 19:00:32 +0000 [kbaldock] 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.]]> 0 Bullies with Bibles, preachers and screechers descend upon Charlotte Pride - Second in a three-part series. Part 1 is here. Sat, 03 Sep 2011 17:30:02 +0000 [kbaldock] 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. ]]> 0 God does have a ‘better way’ — Don’t stand in the path of it - First of three parts. (Part 2 is here.) Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:00:59 +0000 [kbaldock] 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...]]> 0 ‘God Has A Better Way’ protest aims to stifle Charlotte Gay Pride festivities Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:00:43 +0000 By Kathy Baldock 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...]]> 0 Trans-mockery in the House of God? Get educated… Sun, 07 Aug 2011 18:00:59 +0000 [kbaldock] 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.]]> 0 Jesus left room for same-sex marriage and New York state moved in — Mazel Tov Thu, 28 Jul 2011 21:30:34 +0000 [kbaldock] 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.]]> 0