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My Coming Out Story – YouTube

I never imagined the day I’d come out. For a long time, I lived in the same fear that many others currently live in. With the help of my best-four-legged-friend, Thor, I decided to make this video and share my coming out story. A big thanks to all the brave people on here who have taken the time to More >

Don’t Hate Someone You Love « FreedHearts

A mom from a small, conservative town said to her son: “There aren’t any gays in this town.” Her son laughed and said, “Yes there are, Mom. They’re just deep in the closet… or they’ve moved away.”

I know it’s easier to imagine that those “gays” are some other people, some other place, not here, More >

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You Have Two Options: Love or Fear | FreedHearts

John Lennon said, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance… all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of More >

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Fortunate Families Catholic Parents Retreat on Nov 10th 2013

Kathy Farrell, is one of the leaders of Fortunate Families, a group of Catholic parents who have LGBT children. She gave the homily on Sunday Sep 29th during mass at The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta where she shared her story. 

 An afternoon retreat for Catholic parents of gay More >

A Guide to Coming Out to Christian Parents « FreedHearts

Coming out to your family can be overwhelming. You don’t know the response until you tell them… and then it’s too late. I hope this blog (written with a gay friend) will help. Jacob, this is for you.

Be honest This is the most fundamental piece of advice, and also the most important. It is so easy More >

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How to Come Out to Your Sister | Freedhearts

Coming out for anyone can be scary, because you can’t really say, “Just kidding!” if someone goes ballistic. Becca took a courageous step to come out to her sister away at college and was quite relieved at her loving response. Because they had been reading my blogs, they shared their conversation More >

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Never Make Your Kids Feel Ashamed of Who They Are | Freedhearts

Shame. It says, “There is something fundamentally wrong with me.” It is the lie at the very root of our identity. If I did something wrong, I can apologize and make amends. But if I am fundamentally wrong, what hope do I have?

Our greatest need is to be loved, to belong, to be accepted as we are. More >

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‘Straightening Up’ the Classroom

This summer, I did the scariest thing possible for someone working in education policy: I went back into the classroom to work as a teacher. In between lesson plans, data analysis, and parent-teacher conferences, the entire school took a group picture to commemorate the students’ hard work. More >

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Loss of Religion and Faith

I’m usually a happy Agnostic with Christian leanings. I celebrate Christmas, I celebrate Easter. I listen to Palestrina’s and Bach’s sacred masses on my iTunes and I am a sucker for Gregorian chant. I pray sometimes. I love old churches and cathedrals, especially getting to sit inside something so More >

A Mom, Some Gays, and the Bible | FreedHearts

I am a Mom of five (nearly) grown kids I homeschooled, married to Rob for 26 years, and a churchgoing Christ-follower for decades. I know the lingo, got the t-shirt. Certainly I’ve figured out that most Christians I’ve met avoid The Gay Debate. When friend or fam pop up as gay, many Christians More >

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Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son | Huffington Post

On the night of Nov. 20, 2001, a conversation held over Instant Messenger changed our lives forever. Our 12-year-old son messaged me in my office from the computer in his bedroom.

Ryan says: can i tell u something

Mom says: Yes I am listening

Ryan says: well i don’t know how to say this really but, More >

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Mother Of Young Gay Son Discusses Her Unexpected New Life In The Spotlight

Almost two years ago, a mother posted a blog on Tumblr about her then 6-year-old son telling her that he had a crush on Blaine, a gay character on the hit musical TV show “Glee.”

Within hours the blog went viral with thousands of people sharing the beautiful story of a mother’s love for her More >

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What Actually Happened At The Supreme Court | Buzzfeed

The Supreme Court issued two big decisions on Wednesday. So, what did the decisions do? What did the decisions not do? What remains up in the air?

What The Court Decisions Do:

In the first case, Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act — the portion of the 1996 law that defined “marriage” and More >

YouTube Celebrates Gay Pride With Proud To Love VIDEO

Like so many other companies and websites, YouTube has joined the celebration that has resulted from the Supreme Court verdicts and the video they have created is one of the most touching of all.

The clip is compiled from various YouTube videos of everything from coming out confessionals and gay

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Christians, Why Are You Afraid of Gay Marriage? | FreedHearts

A group of prominent evangelicals recently declared that if marriage equality becomes law, they will disobey it. These God-fearing meticulous Bible-followers feel so strongly about gay marriage that they are willing to flout this law they don’t agree with. I really, truly understand their More >

Gay Foster Kids’ Discrimination Battle Heats Up In States

Sixto Cancel says his ultra-religious foster family frequently talked about their disdain for his homosexuality at the dinner table, trashed his room and called him homophobic slurs. While he was still a teenager, he says, they kicked him out of their Connecticut home after he had lived there for More >

The Condemnation of DOMA | FreedHearts

From: The Condemnation of DOMA | FreedHearts

“Christians are becoming increasingly irrelevant. They are dragging Jesus down with them.”

The eyes of the nation are on the Supreme Court as we wait for a ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8. What is at stake for Christians in this battle? More >

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Embracing Transgender Equality, Inside and Outside Religious Communities

While I was marching in DC’s Capital Pride this year, a trans ally watching the parade tried handing me a sticker that said “God Made Me Trans.” As an atheist transgender woman, the gracious gesture simultaneously warmed my heart and stirred up a sense of outrage at the assumption that I needed a More >

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Being Gay at a Catholic University

When I was a student at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2005, a group of gay students organized with the aim of convincing the Benedictine monks who ran the school to recognize a club that would serve the needs of the college’s gay community. They met in secret, but if you More >

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Gay Grandparents: The Second Coming Out

Most GLBT folks came out once, usually to parents, brothers and sisters, and friends. That was stressful enough. Let’s explore the experiences of grandparents who have gone through or are thinking about The Second Coming Out – to their grandchildren.

Thalia Verros of Mashpee has three More >

A Love Letter to the LGBTQ from a Christian Mom | FreedHearts

A Love Letter to the LGBTQ from a Christian Mom | FreedHearts

“They kicked me out on my 18th birthday for being gay… I’ve tried to contact them… I don’t know if they still love me.” Jonathan Allen, America’s Got Talent

My husband and I sat stunned as this young man sang Pavarotti on “America’s Got Talent.” Tears filled our eyes as his story settled on us, More >

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Yes, You Can Be Gay And Christian

The Pew Research Center released a study last week that examined the lives of LGBT Americans. One portion of the study, which has garnered significant media attention is the relationship between LGBT people and religion. The study found that LGBT people tended to be more religiously affiliated than More >

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Ellen DeGeneres Is The Most Visible LGBT Public Figure In America

More than anyone else, Ellen DeGeneres is the face of LGBT America. Still.

That’s the verdict of two new Pew Research Center surveys, one of the general U.S. population and the other of LGBT Americans specifically.

Not only was the comedian and television host by far the most frequently cited More >

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Transgender ID Cards: Are The ‘M’ And ‘F’ Outdated?

Lauren Grey didn’t think much about the gender recorded on her Illinois driver’s license until she went to test-drive a new car. Although she had been living as a woman for months and easily obtained a license with her new name and a picture reflecting her feminine appearance, Grey’s ID still More >

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Two Blessings on Father’s Day

This will be a very special Father’s Day. It will be my first Father’s Day since my husband and I adopted our baby boy Lucas. It will also be the first Father’s Day in many years that I will get to celebrate in person with my own father, who’s been living in Ecuador for many years.

For the past More >

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Is Being Straight a ‘Lifestyle Choice’?

If you are straight and oppose equality for gay and lesbian people, I’d like you to reflect on two specific questions. Firstly, when did you “choose” to be straight? Secondly, do you think being straight is a “lifestyle choice”?

Based on knowledge of your own sexuality, you may think these More >

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LGBT Youth And Suicide Study

Each year, one out of every three gay, lesbian or bisexual students in the San Francisco Unified School District reportedly attempts suicide. For transgender students, that number jumps to nearly one in two.

These statistics were captured in a 2011 survey of nearly 5,000 SFUSD middle and high More >

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LGBT Americans Feel Growing Acceptance

The vast majority of LGBT Americans feel that society has become more accepting of them in the last decade, yet many still feel stigmatized, according to a survey released Thursday from the non-partisan Pew Research Center.

In the survey, conducted online among 1,197 self-identified gay, lesbian, More >

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The Dance

The wedding invitation came addressed to our entire family, a detail that made me cringe. A daughter of dear friends was getting married and the honor of our presence was requested, or so the invitation proclaimed. Deep down I knew the sentiment was sincere — that they truly did want our family of More >

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To Christian Parents of Gay Children

You want to shove those words back in and put the lid on. But you can’t. Your child is gay. This goes against everything you’ve been taught. It was not what you had in mind, and you instantly wonder where you went wrong.

When you become a parent, you know to expect the unexpected. But for most More >

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