50 Very Insightful Blog Posts on GLBTQ Spirituality

At first glance, one would assume that religion and spirituality gels little with the GLBTQ community and their associated quest for Civil Rights. Considering the very vocal opposition by many prominent religious figures and marginalization of any members who do not conform to very regimented expectations, that mindset is certainly understandable. However, polls have shown a growing acceptance of GLBTQ individuals in different houses of worship – and the numbers only continue to climb. The more one researches the subject of the relationship between homosexuality, bisexuality, trans-sexuality, transgender and religion, the more one unearths a diverse number of opinions, meditations, hardships and practices…no difference from heterosexuals, really. The following blog posts provide some excellent insight on how these men and women have approached their religious beliefs in order to find solace, peace of mind and acceptance. Contrary to popular belief, it can be done.

  1. “Black lesbian prayers and art offered” at Jesus in Love Blog Almost the entirety of the Jesus in Love Blog could fill up this list, but one blog post offering up poetic prayers and art by Joy A’Che at Sexy Black Rainbows Entertainment stands out as a beautiful tribute to lesbian spirituality.
  2. “Come Out, Stand Proud. (The Catechism Commands It!)” at Queering the Church Proudly Catholic and openly gay, Terence Weldon points out some very interesting finds in the Catechism that can inspire his contemporaries to embrace both their spirituality and their sexuality simultaneously.
  3. “Judgementalism Should not replace Welcome” at Rainbow Sash Movement The Rainbow Sash Movement hopes to eradicate Catholic discrimination against the GLBTQ community through nonviolent means, and this blog post reflects upon its core values.
  4. “GLBTQ People and the Battle for the Bible” at A Christian Voice for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker provides a dissection of key biblical passages that many use to justify discrimination against GLBTQ individuals and groups. He offers up viable scriptural interpretations that preach love and acceptance rather than twisted messages of hate.
  5. “Choose Love” at MyOutSpirit.com At the core of spirituality – most especially that of those who feel marginalized by many religious institutions – lay the earnest desire to spread love and acceptance. MyOutSpirit.com founder Clayton Gibson shares what inspires him to press on and bridge gaps between different faiths and the oft-persecuted GLBTQ community.
  6. “Words of Comfort and Hope” at Gay Mystic As GLBTQ individuals can still resign their faiths with their sexualities, so too can different religious traditions find common ground and promote tolerance and understanding.
  7. “A Personal Story about GLBTQ Suicide” at Straight Not Narrow Religious persecution and a lack of resources and role models to help GLBTQ teenagers resign their faith with their sexuality unfortunately heightens their risk of suicide. Read one heart-wrenching story that makes a case for better outreach towards a frequently overlooked demographic.
  8. “James Alison on Growing Up Gay” at Queer Spirituality & Theology Former Dominican priest James Alison looks at religion through a gay male lens, and he considers his religious beliefs a gift from God and his sexuality nothing shameful.
  9. “Madpriest’s ‘Farewell is a Lonely Sound’ Sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent” at Of Course, I Could Be Wrong… This beautiful, eloquent and heartbreaking sermon by a hopeful vicar dismissed from 10 years of devoted clerical service preaches the necessity of strength, love and tenacity during times that try one’s faith.
  10. “More on that bigger picture” at LGBT Vocation From an Anglican-Zen perspective comes an inspiring plea to use one’s faith in order to promote love and acceptance of the GLBTQ community. Use its words to formulate interdenominational prayers for Civil Rights and grow in love and God.
  11. “A Burning Fire and a River of Tears” at Frum Gay Jew Justin Spiro reacts to an article written by a gay frum student whose sexuality remains cloaked. Rather than seeing his gay leanings as sinful, shameful and something that needs hiding, he argues that it is a part of him that needs to be embraced and loved as a part of his whole self.
  12. “Commentary on Matot-Masei 5766 (2006)” at GayGevalt! Blog Pluralistic lessons found in Liberty Bell Garden – an oasis of peace in Israel where Arabs and Jews coexist harmoniously – can also be applied to the ultimate goals of the GLBTQ communities as they fight for love and acceptance from religious institutions.
  13. “The Queer and the Qur’an” at Willamette Week Online This controversial article by a Portland alternative weekly discusses how 1 gay Muslim man struggles to live in line with the tenets of a religion that actively preaches against his sexuality.
  14. “Jamaica’s gay underground Christians” at Bay Windows’ Guest Opinions Blog Fearing persecution, GLBTQ Christians in Jamaica have taken to practicing their faith on the margins of society. They remain wholly devoted to keeping holy the Sabbath day, but must travel from location to location in order to remain outside the watchful eyes of those who mean to do them harm.
  15. “The Struggle” at A gay Orthodox Jew The gay son of a rabbi expresses frustration at the judgment and labels his fellow Orthodox Jews – most especially those in heterosexual marriages – tend to heap upon him. In the end, he feels as if his heart, actions and faith transcend the speculation of outsiders looking into his world.
  16. “My Live Chat on NDTV” at Love Jihadi, Parvez Sharma Blogs Here Controversial A Jihad for Love director Parvez Sharma provides the transcript of his chat with NDTV on the critically-lauded documentary about dedicated gay and lesbian Muslims.
  17. “Vaisakhi – The Festival of Identity” at sarbat.net Reaching out to GLBTQ members of the Sikh faith, this interesting blog entry discusses how one should celebrate and take pride in their religion and sexuality alike.
  18. “A Family Changed Forever – One Year Later” at Kirtzono Saul David began blogging about his son’s coming out and how it came to impact the family’s Orthodox Jewish faith. One year later, he discusses the progress that everyone has made to reach out and promote love, tolerance and acceptance for GLBTQ individuals in their community.
  19. “An Easter Vigil Reception” at TransEpiscopal Penny Larson shares an extremely touching sermon she delivered at Boston’s Cathedral Church of St. Paul discussing the way Jesus guided her to finally become the woman she always wanted inside. She feels as if God transcends human perceptions of sex and does not discriminate against the transgendered.
  20. “Coming Out and Buddhism” at My Buddha is Pink Richard Harrold blogs about how the core components of Buddhism dovetail nicely with recently outed members of the GLBTQ community and offer them strength, solace and inner peace.
  21. “On the DL: The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan response to homosexual love.” at Another Queer Jewish Buddhist This incredibly intriguing blog post peers into the intersections between Buddhism, politics, history and homosexuality with plenty of interesting points to consider.
  22. “Does Being a Lesbian Make Me Less Spiritual?” at Lez Get Real Kaylee Larson reassures lesbians who struggle between their adherence to a religious faith and their sexuality that sometimes ends up condemned or ignored. In spite of what many institutions say, Larson believes that lesbianism does not compromise one’s spirituality at all.
  23. “A Letter from a Hindu Gay Man – Hinduism and Gay Relationship” at Hindu Blog This amazing letter by Sreekishen Nair opens up to Hindus around the world in order to preach love and tolerance for the contributions of their GLBTQ adherents.
  24. “Madness Radio: Transgender Spirituality Machete Mendias” at Madness Radio Artist and activist Machete Mendias reflects upon the spiritual element of the transgender process, discussing the role that such individuals have played in different mystical and/or religious rituals.
  25. “Covering my Head or my Pride?” at The Rants of an Angry Gay Jew Blogger Michel often struggles to come to grips with his religion and his spirituality, but ultimately remains “confident that the beauty that is Judaism will always be in favor of the oppressed.” Here, he reflects upon whether or not to wear his kippah to a rally favoring gay marriage.
  26. “You Gotta Have Faith” at I’m Christian. I’m Gay. Deal With It! ELCA pastor David Eck uses his status as an openly gay cleric to reach out to the GLBTQ community and teach them that not all Christians mean to persecute them. He hopes to reassure those who want to believe in God but grapple against marginalization that they have a home to worship without fear.
  27. “Carried to the Table” at Crossing the T Rev. Allyson Robinson finds the ritual of taking communion incredibly moving, finding love and peace in Christ. As a transwoman, she feels as if that component of her faith helps her experience a closeness with God and an overall sense of acceptance.
  28. “The Four Transitions of a Transsexual” at Trans Universe Monica F. Helms shares the 3 intangible facets of transsexuality that oftentimes go overlooked, with the spiritual playing an integral role of providing comfort and calm in a frequently stressful time.
  29. “Psalm 73 (interpreted through a gay man’s eyes)” at Tikkun Daily Blog This beautiful prayer by Derrick Kikuchi was inspired by Psalm 73, and he shares it with the world and hopes it will reinforce the faith of those who incorporate it into their talks with God.
  30. “Why Ritual Works” at Anchorhold Anchorhold provides an amazing resource for gay and bisexual men seeking spiritual guidance from every tradition imaginable. Here, David Townsend discusses how rituals help everyone express their emotions and get in touch with themselves and the universe around them.
  31. “Lights of Radical Faeriedom” at Faeries Wear Boots Spirituality needs no adherence to a religious dogma to be effective, as this wonderful ode to the healing power of love and oneness attests.
  32. “Former Integrity President Bruce Garner Reflects On GC 1991” at Walking With Integrity The Episcopal Church made waves in 1991 when it named the openly gay Bruce Garner appointed to serve on any governing body within the faith – a first for the institution. In July of 2010, he looked back on the events that led to the decision as well as what still needs to be done to promote better acceptance of the GLBTQ spiritual community.
  33. “All Saints Day Reflections – hospitality, queer folks, the kingdom of heaven and the communion of saints” at Jottings All Saints Day provides a great opportunity for GLBTQ Catholics to consider the meaning of hospitality and its role in daily life – a virtue necessary for the promotion of Civil Rights in the Church.
  34. “The Mysticism of Queermale Sexmagick” at Thoughts of a Tribal Elder Mainstream society is only vaguely aware of mystical heterosexual magickal practices, but they probably do not know much – if anything – about homosexuality as a form of spiritual ritual. This informative blog post sheds some light on the experience, including an eloquent prayer.
  35. “To be gay and Muslim is to chart a difficult path” at DallasNews.com’s Religion blog Religion blog editor Bruce Tomaso links to a disheartening story about a young lesbian woman who faces numerous painful challenges as she tries to maintain a hold on her Muslim faith and family.
  36. “Who’s authorised to use ‘Allah’? Does God even care?” at Leona’s Blog Artist, blogger, consultant and activist Leona Lo shares a wonderful parable by Anthony de Mello that drives home how Jesus does not support the condemnation of “sexual and gender minorities.” Instead of holding bias, he cares more about loving and supporting everyone.
  37. “Assimilation, Queer Identity, or You” at Grace Unfolding: Sisterfriends Together Sisterfriends Together founder Anita Cadonau-Huseby assures the GLBTQ community (particularly lesbian, bisexual and transgendered women) that their first priority should be in remaining true to their own inclinations rather than let anyone else dictate beliefs and behaviors. Because of this, it is entirely possible to stick with religious practices and remain out and proud.
  38. “Twenty Years Of Struggle And Twenty Years Of Faith” at FSG: Faith, Sexuality and Gender Although Catholicism notoriously denounces homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender issues, John still sticks with its core tenets and believes that Jesus loves and accepts him no matter what. His blog posting encourages those who feel as if the institution marginalizes them to remain strong and change discrimination from the inside.
  39. “A Queer Bird Rising” at Brotherhood of the Phoenix’s Chicago Temple Brotherhood of the Phoenix caters to gay, bisexual and transgendered male pagans, uniting under reverence for a bird who – like them – transcends expected social and biological norms.
  40. “Redefining Love by Mark Anthony” at Mark Anthony Lord Although Christian, the overall theme of Mark Anthony Lord’s blog post on the importance of love applies to anyone’s spiritual pursuits – even those who do not require formalized religion in their lives.
  41. “Coming out liberal: an open letter to my Christian friends” at Rattigan Writes Gay, liberal and Christian, David Rattigan has spent a goodly portion of his life coming out of many closets, many times. Here, he discusses the myriad emotions that come with living as what many consider a paradox and asks for the same understanding and love that he tries to show others.
  42. “Black, Gay, and Jewish: Part One” at Velvet Park’s Dyke Culture in Bloom Black, Jewish lesbians are something of a rarity, but Erika Davis possesses the inspiring intelligence to accept who she is and press on with courage, faith and spunk.
  43. “The Complexity of Gender” at Beliefnet’s The New Christians Blog In spite of the blog’s title, this post by Tony Jones drives home the importance of all religious institutions accepting that gender is not exclusively a “male and female” concept.
  44. “Two gay Jews walk into a bookstore…” at Jewschool David Levy shares a couple of his favorite humorous books by gay Jewish authors. While they touch lightly on such themes, he still thinks of them as wholly entertaining reads all the same.
  45. “Marital Blues” at The Lilith Blog Politics, sociology, philosophy and – of course – religion collide in this charged blog posting about why the feminists and Jews must bind together with the GLBTQ community and fight for Civil Rights whenever possible.
  46. “Results” at Paradoxy Doubt is a common element of all faiths, and believers of the GLBTQ persuasion in particular have plenty to struggle over. Whenever periods of questioning begin settling, look over this effective series of questions for analysis, meditation and hopefully peace of mind.
  47. “People Shouldn’t Have to Wait for a Religion…” at Some Guys Are Normal One of the biggest obstacles that GLBTQ individuals face is discrimination from family, friends and peers – even those of the exact same faith background! Brady from Texas calls out hypocrisy amongst those who claim love but perpetuate hate, citing that religion and kindness are not always one in the same.
  48. “On Remaining Catholic” at The Atlantic’s The Daily Dish Many of Andrew Sullivan’s postings revolve around how he resigns his Catholic faith with his gay orientation, provoking some very revealing discussions along the way.
  49. “Feminist Activists Find Peace in Thailand” at Ms Magazine Blog Diane Harriford and her daughter Becky Thompson head out to a Buddhist retreat in Thailand that specializes in helping activists find their inner peace and true calling. There, they meet with center co-founder Ouyporn Khuankaew, a crusader for women’s rights and an open lesbian who finds happiness, companionship and comfort in the tenets of her faith.
  50. “Motherly Troubles” at Gay Mormon This heartbreaking exchange between mother and son parallels some of the emotional hardships that GLBTQ individuals must face when outing themselves to loved ones. Although the author remains true to his religious upbringing and conservative politics, he still wrestles with how the external circumstances try to squelch his internal qualities.

In spite of the stereotype, not all religious communities are out to squelch GLBTQ individuals’ right to live and worship as they please. Many have opened their arms and minds towards accepting them as brothers and sisters in their respective traditions, though struggles do of course crop up along the way. But doubts and trials crop up for all people of faith – they just differ from person to person. For these individuals, neither their sexuality nor the rhetoric of hatred spewed forth by many faithful prevented them from practicing their constitutional right to adhere to any religious belief they choose.