LGBTQ+ Resourcs

Resources for LGBTQ+ People and Allies

The following list of resources makes the case for affirmation and full inclusion in all aspects of the society and Church. I am a United Methodist, so in section three, I have organized resources according to the categories found in the Wesleyan quadrilateral.

Places to Begin

Kathy Baldock, ‘Walking the Bridgeless Canyon’
Jim Dant, ‘This I Know: A Simple Biblical Defense for LGBTQ Christians
Steve Harper, ‘Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality’
Justin Lee, ‘Torn’
Matthew Vines, ‘God and the Gay Christian’

Next-Step Reads

David Gushee, ‘Changing Our Minds,’ 3rd Edition
Karen Keen, ‘Scripture. Ethics, and the Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships’
Dan Via’s section in ‘Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views’

Resources Linked to the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

–Scripture
Mark Achtemeier, ‘The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage’
Robert Brawley, ed., ‘Biblical Ethics and Homosexuality: Listening to Scripture
James Brownson, ‘God, Gender, and Sexuality’
Richard Freeman & Shawna Dolansky. ‘The Bible Now’
Luke Timothy Johnson, ‘The Living Gospel’ (chapter 8)
Jennifer Knust, ‘Unprotected Texts’
William Loader, ‘Sexuality and the New Testament’
Dale Martin, ‘Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation’
Linda Patterson, ‘Hate Thy Neighbor: How the Bible is Misused to Condemn Homosexuality’
Walter Wink, ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’

–Tradition
Cheryl Anderson, ‘Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies’
Roland Betancourt, Byzantine Intersectionality: Sexuality, Race, and Gender
In the Middle Ages
James Boswell, ‘Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality’
Leah DeVun, ‘ The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance
K.J. Dover, ‘Greek Sexuality’
David Garrison, ‘Sexual Culture in Ancient Greece’
Judith Hallett, ‘Roman Sexualities’
Frank Mondimore, ‘A Natural History of Homosexuality’
Marilyn B. Skinner, ‘Sexuality in Greek and Roman Cultures,’ 2nd Edition
Craig Williams, ‘Roman Sexuality’

–Reason (Theology)
Megan Shanon DeFranza, ‘Sex Differences in Christian Theology’
Jack David Rogers, ‘Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality’
Robert Song, ‘Covenant and Calling’
Walter Wink, ed., ‘Homosexuality and Christian Faith’

–Reason (Science)
Jacques Balthazart, ‘The Biology of Homosexuality’
Iris Gottlieb, ‘Seeing Gender’
Jerold Greenberg, ‘’Exploring Dimensions of Human Sexuality’
Evelyn Killen, ‘Reflections on Gender and Science’
Justin Lehmiller, ‘The Psychology of Human Sexuality’
Simon.LeVay, ‘Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why,’ 2nd Edition
Michael Regele, ‘Science, Scripture, and Same-Sex Love’
Elizabeth Reis, ‘Bodies in Doubt’
Anne Sterling, ‘Myths of Gender’

–Experience
Amber Contorna: ‘Unashamed: A Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians
Susan Cottrell, ‘Radically Included’ and ‘Mom, I’m Gay’
Chris Glaser, ‘Coming Out as Sacrament’)
Steve Harper, ‘For the Sake of the Bride’
Michelle Johns, ‘God, a Lesbian, and tbe Space in Between’
James Martin, ‘Building a Bridge’
Tim Otto, ‘Oriented to Love’
E.T. Sundby, ‘Calling the Rainbow Nation Home’
Mel White, ‘Stranger at the Gate’

Video Resources

Rob Fuquay, ‘Faithful and Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality. The United Methodist Church’ (available from Cokesbury)
Steve Harper, “Draw the Circle Wider: How I Changed My Mind” (available on YouTube @ “Steve Harper Methodist”)
Steve Harper, “A Hermeneutic of Love,” FUMC Orlando (available on YouTube @ “Steve Harper Methodist”)

Blog Sites

Steve Harper, series entitled “Holy Love’—posts follow and expand on the book by the same title: http://www.oboedire.wordpress.com.

Ministries

Canyonwalker Connections (Kathy Baldock)–multi-faceted ministry
FreedHearts (Susan Cottrell)–ministry to parents of LGBTQ+ parents
Human Rights Campaign –a broad-based LGBTQ advocacy group
Reconciling Ministries Network (United Methodist)–their website has links to many other ministries-
Redwood Spiritual Care (Karen Keen)
The Reformation Project (Matthew Vines)

Other Topics

–Marriage
Phillip Cramer & William Harbison, ‘The Fight for Marriage’
Chris Glaser, ‘As My Own Soul: The Blessing of Same-Gender Marriage’
Clare Hubert, ‘Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Marriage’
Karen Keen’s book, noted above
Scott McQueen, ‘Reasonable Doubt: A Case for LGBTQ Inclusion in the Institutions of Marriage and Church’

–Transgender People
Austin Hartke, ‘Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians’
–Resources for Parents of LGBTQ+ Children
Telaina Ericksen, ‘Unconditional—A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child,’
Greg and Lynn McDonald, ‘Embracing the Journey: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Loving Your LGBTQ Child’

PFLAG resources
–Resources for Youth Ministry by Leigh Finke…
(1) ‘Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide fkr LGBTQ+ Christian Teens’
(2) ‘Welcoming and Affirming: A Guide to Suplorting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth’

In addition to these resources, there is a need to familiarize ourselves with the vocabulary for understanding sexuality and conversing about it. Here are some good links to help you do that…

(1) PFLAG “National Glossary of Terms” https://pflag.org/glossary
(2) American Psychological Association, “Key Terms and Concepts in Understanding Gender Diversity and Sexual Orientation Among Students” apa.org

This is an in-process list of resources. Books resources come out faster than I can keep up with them. If you know of others which should be included, contact me at oboediresite@gmail.com

Revised: March 2021