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BE THE BRIDGE: Our mission is to help build a bridge between the LGBT community and people of faith. We strive to help people in the LGBT community reconnect with their faith and to be more tolerant and respectful of those in the faith community. We want to promote tolerance. We don’t have to agree, but can we at least agree not to be disagreeable? In this clash between culture and religion, does either side have to win? Could we call a truce?

BE THE BRIDGE: Our mission is to help build a bridge between the LGBT community and people of faith. We strive to help people in the LGBT community reconnect with their faith and to be more tolerant and respectful of those in the faith community. We want to promote tolerance. We don’t have to agree, but can we at least agree not to be disagreeable? In this clash between culture and religion, does either side have to win? Could we call a truce?
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BE THE BRIDGE: Our mission is to help build a bridge between the LGBT community and people of faith. We strive to help people in the LGBT community reconnect with their faith and to be more tolerant and respectful of those in the faith community. We want to promote tolerance. We don’t have to agree, but can we at least agree not to be disagreeable? In this clash between culture and religion, does either side have to win? Could we call a truce?

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BEST OF BE THE BRIDGE: Nick Manchester

5/23/2018
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My favorite episode and the one where I learned the most. GOD CREATED ADAM AND EVE BUT WHAT ABOUT INTERSEX? Nick Manchester is an intersex chimera who's transgender, non-binary, gay and asexual. Doctors forced his parents to decide his gender when he was three days old, and they made the choice to raise him as a girl. But he never felt comfortable in that assigned gender. After a couple of failed suicide attempts, he realized that he needed to live his life as a man. He's been kicked out...

Duration:01:03:16

Southern Baptist Preacher Scott McQueen Talks About His Son's First Date with a Boy

5/16/2018
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On Season 1, Episode 20, I spoke with Southern Baptist preacher, Scott McQueen. For thirty-one years he was a Southern Baptist preacher. And as the parent of three boys, he was a "parrot" of the orthodox message about homosexuality. But on April 8, 2014, when his youngest son came out to him as gay, Scott's life and his spiritual journey changed forever. One of the most difficult moments was when their son asked Scott and his wife Jackie to drive him to a town a couple hours away to go...

Duration:00:07:22

Daniel Helmeniak Explains the Biblical Terms Abomination and Unnatural

5/9/2018
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Homosexuality may be an "abomination" and "unnatural", but those terms don't mean what you think they do. On this episode, I talk with Professor Daniel Helmeniak talks about the Bible and Homosexuality. We talk about the Hebrew view of the word "abomination" and how it doesn't mean a sin. We look at why "unnatural" means atypical and can't mean sinful because God acted unnatural. If you've ever wanted to better understand the "clobber verses," then this podcast is for you. Daniel is the...

Duration:00:23:43

Susan Cottrell on Why You Can't Both Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

5/2/2018
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Susan Cottrell is a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQIA+ kids. We chat about our least favorite expression: Love the sinner. Hate the sin. That message is equivalent to an insincere apology, and the only message received is HATE. We talk about alternatives for parents and also deep down what that expression really means. "I love you, but I don't understand you." This is an episode for parents of LGBTQIA+ youth and also for anyone who wants to show true love to a gay family...

Duration:00:18:04

Why the Bible is NOT inerrant with Robert Cottrell

4/25/2018
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The Bible contains inconsistencies so why do some people claim the Bible is inerrant? I speak with Robert Cottrell about the flawed concept of "Biblical inerrancy." No one takes the Bible literally. Some people just cherry pick verses they want to believe, exclude the rest and call their individualized faith an "inerrant view of the Bible." We talk about the Bible is used as a sword to attack the LGBTQIA+ community and how the Bible can be used as a shield against such attacks.

Duration:00:20:56

Mikah Meyer on Breaking a World Record and Changing Lives

4/18/2018
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Mikah Meyer just finished visiting his 308th park on his world-record trip to be the youngest person to visit all 417 U.S. National Parks. We talk about his childhood as the kid of a campus pastor, how he knew that gay was wrong, and how he decided to attempt this extraordinary feat. As a kid, Mikah prayed to be ordinary (straight) but after he embraced his sexuality, he realized that he could become extraordinary. THE BIG SURPRISE - Christians around the country are supporting his...

Duration:00:55:51

Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti Questions Teachings about Biblical Women:

4/11/2018
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Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti is a passionate advocate for women's rights, inclusive language, and biblical literacy. She holds a B.A. in Religion from Chapman University, an M.A. in Religion from Liberty University and a Dr. of Ministry in International Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has taught Women in Religion and Women's History classes at Chapman University. Her book Prostitutes, Virgins and Mothers: Questioning Teachings about Biblical Women is an...

Duration:00:50:49

Ibrahim Kamara on Reconciling His Queer and Muslim Identities

4/4/2018
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Ibrahim Kumara was born in Kuwait but moved to Tennessee as a kid. He was raised Muslim, and he cherishes his faith community. At the age of 13, he realized that his attractions were different from other boys. He tried to pray away the gay, bargaining with Allah because Ibrahim wanted to spend Paradise in his own Versailles-like palace. Eventually, he realized that he had to live an authentic life. He has a passion for helping others understand that we are all intersectional beings, and...

Duration:00:39:07

Mais Al-Nima on Queer Muslim identity

3/21/2018
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Mais Al-Nima was born in Baghdad, Iraq and spent her childhood there. Then she lived in Syria and Kuwait before coming to the United States for school. She grew up as a practicing Muslim, but when she came out as queer, she put aside her faith. But she longed for that sense of community that religion provides and wanted to reconnect with her Arab culture. She co-founded a group for queer Muslims and queer people from the North Africa and the Middle East. Her goal is to help people of all...

Duration:00:36:48

The Kevin Garcia Talks Survival and Freedom and Faith and Queerness

3/14/2018
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The Kevin Garcia talks about coming out and experiencing the fullness of God. We are at a time in history where the LGBTQIA+ people are more accepted than ever in our country, but there's still a whole community and a whole lot of Christians out there who don't feel the same way. God loves every single person in those non-affirming places, and God wants all of those folks to experience the same freedom that many of us experience when coming out. People don't know how free they are to...

Duration:00:48:16

Robert Cottrell on the Secret Weapon of the LGBTQIA+ Community in Evangelical Churches

3/7/2018
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Robert Cottrell and his wife Susan are the co-founders of FREEDHEARTS.ORG, one of the best online resources for parents, children, and pastors connecting the LGBTQIA+ and faith communities. He is the father of five kids, two of whom identify as queer. In 2010, his oldest daughter came out as bisexual, and in 2012, his youngest daughter came out as lesbian. On this episode, Robert shares advice for parents of LGBTQIA+ kids and spills the secret on the "secret weapon" God has placed in...

Duration:00:36:24

Pastor William Stell Found His True Calling and First Boyfriend at Seminary

2/28/2018
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William Stell is a gay pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Bordentown, NJ. He's a writer for HuffPost and Patheos and has presented on "sexual ethics" at the recent Q Christian Fellowship conference. When William entered Princeton Theological Seminary, he'd just come out as gay and had no specific intention to become a pastor. But at orientation, he met his first boyfriend, and by the time he graduated, he felt the calling to be a minister. Before studying at Princeton, William lived...

Duration:01:02:44

Jazz Fitzgerald On Being Fired for Her Sexuality

2/21/2018
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"I'm attracted to women," Jazz Fitzgerald told a friend at their conservative Christian college. Jazz was forced into weekly therapy where her counselors probed to find the root cause of Jazz's sexuality. She was told that she was broken and needed to be fixed. She could never know the fullness of God unless she had a husband. She pushed her feelings down deep and became the poster child of ex-gay therapy on campus. But the repudiation of her sexuality wasn't enough. Based on fears that...

Duration:00:43:04

Jason Galvez on the Value of Doing Things God's Way by Just Living

2/14/2018
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Jason Galvez is a Christian, father, spouse, entertainer, and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. He was raised in a charismatic church, and two of his uncles who were pastors tried to exorcise the "demons" that made him homosexual. For years, Jason tried to persuade his relatives to change their minds about the Bible by sending them books, sermons and articles, but one day, God spoke to him and told him to change his tactics. By living his authentic life, Jason realized he could change...

Duration:00:43:17

Scott McQueen Finds Reasonable Doubt in the Bible About Homosexuality

2/7/2018
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For thirty-one years Scott McQueen was a Southern Baptist preacher. And as the parent of three boys, he was a "parrot" of the orthodox message about homosexuality. But on April 8, 2014, when his youngest son came out to him as gay, Scott's life and his spiritual journey changed forever. He was no longer on the smooth highway he'd been traveling most of his career, and he had to go "off-roading" for a while. Following a year of trials and tribulations in his church and wisdom and...

Duration:00:47:48

Nick Manchester and the Challenges of Being Intersex in an Adam and Eve World

1/31/2018
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GOD CREATED ADAM AND EVE BUT WHAT ABOUT INTERSEX? Nick Manchester is an intersex chimera who's transgender, non-binary, gay and asexual. Doctors forced his parents to decide his gender when he was three days old, and they made the choice to raise him as a girl. But he never felt comfortable in that assigned gender. After a couple failed suicide attempts, he realized that he needed to live his life as a man. He's been kicked out of church and told that he's a child of demons, but Nick has...

Duration:01:01:50

Brian Peyton Joyner Talks Sexual Ethics for the Gay Christian

1/24/2018
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CAN A GAY MAN BASE HIS SEXUAL ETHICS ON THE BIBLE? Brian Peyton Joyner shares new insight from the Q Christian Fellowship conference about how we can use the Golden Rule to establish a new sexual ethics for the 21st century. It's about shifting from a model based on boundaries to one based on values. Want to weigh in on sex and religion? Leave your comments at www.facebook.com/brianpeytonjoyner.

Duration:00:11:05

Jeff Ford Finds His True Self After 14 Years of Ex-Gay Therapy

1/17/2018
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For twenty-four years, Jeff Ford was married to a woman, and they have three beautiful daughters. But along the way, Jeff had a secret. He was attracted to guys. Jeff's conservative faith and love for his family motivated him to find a cure for his same-sex attractions. He spent fourteen years in church counseling and countless gay conversion therapy programs, but nothing changed his attractions. He could not pray away the gay. Jeff's marriage and his family suffered because he could not...

Duration:01:05:43

Suzanne Dewitt Hall and the Transformational Power of Listening to God

1/10/2018
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IS YOUR FAITH STRONG ENOUGH TO ALLOW GOD TO SELECT THE PERSON YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE? Suzanne Dewitt Hall was a straight conservative Christian who once blogged about the evils of homosexuality. But then she met Diane. "It felt like the angel was at the door of the prison saying, 'Come out. Here's your earthquake. Get out of there.'" Suzanne left her husband and followed the path that God laid out for her. "When you allow God to be the person to select the person you're supposed to be...

Duration:00:30:47

Jackie McQueen and the Conflict Between Love and Her Southern Baptist Faith

1/3/2018
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Jackie McQueen had been the wife of a Southern Baptist pastor for 30 years. And she firmly believed that being gay was a choice. But her world turned upside down on April 8, 2014, when she found out that her son was gay. For the past three and a half years, she has struggled with her conscience, her faith and being a mother. She is an ordinary person whom God has called to do extraordinary things, and her courage, compassion, and conviction make her a shining example of the best of...

Duration:00:44:23