The Goal of LGBT Ministry

My goal for this blog or LGBT Ministry is to simply and humbly reach out as a transgender girl to my fellow LGBT brothers and sisters and their allies and let them know that they have a right to be spiritual, they have a right to have fellowship and faith in whichever religion or denomination of religion or spirituality they choose.  They have a right to believe in a higher power (God or otherwise) and should not ever be intimidated or excluded or harassed for being the spiritual or religious persons that they are.

I am trying my hardest to send a message out there that the LGBT community does not have to compromise or fundamentally change who they sincerely are in order to be a person of faith or religion.  My background is Christian and Taoist but I hope my messages of inspiration and support and advocacy can reach out to all LGBT persons and be an inviting, welcoming presence.  I want people to know that you can be LGBT and Christian or Muslim or Jewish, or Buddhist or Hindu…. etc.  You do not have to sacrifice your integrity or separate your own heart for the sake of some religious hierarchy that claims they cannot accept you unless you stop being you.

God created all of us the way we are for a reason and purpose– and He wouldn’t create us for the sole purpose of condemning and hating us and threatening us with death and damnation– otherwise, what would be the point or incentive to follow God?  What sort of God creates just to torment and want to see die?  Makes no sense.  God is love.  God is benevolent.  We may struggle sometimes to see that or understand that– and from reading Old Testament stories, we may find it harder and harder to find a truly all-loving God… but the love is there.  It is definitely there in spades in the New Testament and in the presence of Jesus, for sure.

I want people who visit my blog to feel welcome and feel inspired and encouraged and proud of their beliefs as well as proud of themselves.  There is no shame in being LGBT and Christian or a person of faith.  It is time LGBT people of faith rise up and let their voices be heard.  It is time for a revival of faith and a time for LGBT folks and their allies to be a part of that revival!



About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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