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Note: Liberated Christians is a primarily about heterosexual relationships.
While we are supportive of all sexual orientations, the leaders do not have the
resources to assist them in their special issues. Thus, our Fellowship groups are
not appropriate for gays/lesbians. However, individually Dave (an extreme heterosexual
- Kinsey Scale= 0) has done extensive biblical research and has been active supporting
biblical homosexuality for many years. However, there is no "official"
stand as an organization on homosexuality other than general support.
Article in Arizona Republic 5/2/96
"My heroes: Gays face a hostile world
I have a new hero. I have a whole bunch of new heroes, in fact.
They aren't famous, or part of history. And, as far as I know, none of them can
leap tall buildings in a single bound.
They're all about my age, and relatively unknown, but they have strength of character
and maturity that makes me envious.
They're also all gay or lesbian.
They spoke at a conference I attended to hear Joycelyn Elders speak. I expected
the former surgeon general to awe and amaze me, but it was the youths who really
They spoke to people attending the conference "Affirming Sexual Diversity:
Meeting the Needs of Minority Youth" at Arizona State University.
One told the audience it was the one year anniversary of the day his parents kicked
him out of the house, two days after his birthday. This followed months of conversion
therapy and other efforts to make him straight.
Others talked about battles with parents, friends, schools, religion and themselves.
One had to align his Catholic faith and his sexual orientation.
The youth shared stories of turmoil, fear, pain and hate; of courage, hope, strength
Some faced harassment at school including one who said he was physically attacked
about once a week.
For some, their worst nightmares came true. They lost friends, family and loved
ones when they came out. Some had friends who abandoned them, then told others at
Others were met with love and open arms, and their coming out strengthened friendships
with people they never thought would be there for them
One girl said she was in tears when she told her parents. They completely accepted
her, and said they had thought something was really wrong.
It didn't matter how everyone's individual stories ended. They survived.
They survived with their humor intact and enough faith in the human race to think
they can be educated.
That was what impressed me most. So often people emerge from such emotional events
bitter and disillusioned. These people haven't given up. They are strong, courageous
and willing to help people learn. They are my heroes.
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