Some exciting news! The past few months I’ve been hard at work on the beginning stages of a book project with Brazos Press. It’s still very much in its infancy and I’m still drafting most of the chapters (which is why you haven’t seen me posting as much here), but I wanted to share a little bit about it! Here’s a brief summary:
Religious faith reduces suicidality for virtually every American demographic except one: LGBTQ people. Tragically, the church’s long history of prioritizing heterosexuality above other expressions of human sexuality has left entire generations of LGBTQ people desolate, hopeless, and even dead. It’s past time the church confronted the ongoing and devastating impact of this legacy.
To that end, Heavy Burdens (Brazos Press, expected 2021) provides an honest account of the ways in which LGBTQ people experience discrimination in the church, helping Christians face the tragic reality of this legacy and empowering churches to navigate a better path forward. Debate over competing approaches to LGBTQ issues is at an all-time high, and it will only increase in the coming years. It’s past time that LGBTQ Christians and their allies had a resource to inform and educate fellow believers on the real-world impact of this debate.
If you’d like to take a sneak-peek, start reading a portion or download a copy of the introduction. I also plan to share occasional quotes on Instagram as well as assorted reflections on Twitter, so stay in touch via social media to keep updated (or join my mailing list). Excited to see this project take shape!