Here’s a little roundup of things that have captured my attention this past week.
- Jacob Wilson, an ex-gay survivor who had attended Love in Action, blogs about the recent Ex-Gay Exposé in Denver. He has photos and personal reflections you can read here.
- I just finished reading a funny, edgy, riveting book written by a woman I met on my recent trip to Denver. Nadia Bolz-Weder, who occasionally blogs at Sarcastic Lutheran and pastors House for Sinners and Saints, spent 24 consecutive hours with some of her snarkiest and most interesting friends as they watched Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN). TBN provides happy clappy, name it claim it, otherworldly Christian TV programming that fascinates and frightens me. Nadia employs her full powers of wit and wisdom to share and deconstruct the experience in her book Salvation on the Small Screen.
- I read a disturbing news story about the Dutch government apparently funding a Christian-based ex-gay program. According to Nick Mackenzie over at the UK-based Religious Intelligence. “A Dutch government minister has said that his office will provide subsidies to Christian ‘ex-gay’ movement come from the Dutch Emancipation Minister Ronald Plasterk, who said that two such organizations are already receiving state subsidies. The ‘ex-gay’ groups are controversial because critics say there is little evidence that the methods they use turn gay people into heterosexuals.”
- I recently discovered new music that I am enjoying as I write this post. The Real Tuesday Weld provides a smooth mix of alternative songs sometimes blended older pop songs (like from the 40’s). They have a smart sound without being pretentious. So far my favorites are La bête et la belle, Bringing the Body Back Home, and Blood Sugar Love.
- Please visit Yuki Choe’s website and consider giving a donation small or large. Yuki went through financial hell in the past six months and thanks to her efforts and the generosity of a handful of people, she appears headed for a solid stable financial place by the New Year. We just commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Here is an opportunity for folks to do something proactive to support a trans woman. She lives in Malaysia, so your dollars and euros and pound sterling so much farther there than at home.
Getting ready to leave for the week to celebrate Thanksgiving with my manfriend, Glen (wow that sounds worse than boy friend. We need to be together a little bit longer so I can comfortably say “partner”). We will visit my dad and my sister and her family for the holiday and then spend the rest of the time reading, writing, hiking and cooking. Bliss