Bridget Eileen Rivera graduated summa cum laude with a degree in journalism from Patrick Henry College in 2012, having won an award for her writing from the New York Press Association. She joined Teach for America, completed a master’s degree in education, and taught for 5 years before getting hired to work at a prison diversion program for women, where she led classes on human development and provided coaching to parents on how to navigate the child welfare system. She regularly partners with faith-based organizations such as Christians for Social Action, Revoice, and the Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in sociology. Her first book, Heavy Burdens: Seven Ways LGBTQ Christians Experience Harm in the Church (Brazos Press, fall 2021), unpacks the legacy of discrimination against LGBTQ people in Christianity. You can learn more about Bridget’s personal journey—and get a sneak peak at her book—by subscribing to this blog or by following her on social media below.

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