• Mischka

    This resonated with me so much. Working at an SDA camp the last 2 years, I was forced into the closet. Other staff members were aware of my sexuality and treated normally but we would often have to sit through presentations completely denouncing being LGBT. There was no policy on dealing with campers that came out as LGBT. Hilariously enough, campers who identified as LGBT or questioning seemed always find their way into my company. Because of camp policy, there was little I could say, but I asked questions and listened to their stories. I made myself available whenever they had an issue dealing with their sexuality.

  • Miles

    I was fired by a Christian camp once for not agreeing on the interpretation of Acts 2:38. As long as everyone passes a background check they should be allowed to serve as a counselor. But letting boys and girls undress in front of the other is wrong. They should have separate cabins and restrooms.

  • Jenn

    Sorry….most people don’t want a man sleeping in the same room as their teen daughters, even if they are “one to a bunk”. Part of the point is that you don’t want adults that are sexually attracted to your CHILDREN in their living quarters. But that’s the tiniest sliver of reasoning.

    More importantly, why should Christian organizations be forced to cater to 1% of the population? Go to the camps you want, create the camps you want, allow Christians to do what they want.

  • When I came out publicly as bisexual, I knew there was one Christian organisation I’d likely never work for again, even though I was associated with them for more than a decade.

    Another organisation, which I had always assumed welcomed diverse leaders, wanted me to remain closeted to avoid causing conflict. I’d been involved with them for about a decade before I discovered this policy – and only after I came out.

    And I’m far less likely to get a job in many religious institutions now that I’m out.

    So yeah, that’s how some people live out God’s love for everyone. It perplexes me. Even though I understand the logic, the cognitive dissonance still perplexes me.

  • LIz

    I have a son who is gay and I have a private Facebook group for open minded Christian moms of lgbt kids.

    The group presently has more than 475 members and continues to grow.

    Our group is focused on developing and maintaining healthy, loving, authentic relationships with our kids and making the world a kinder, safer, more loving place for them to live. The group is a place where we share information, tell our stories to one another, and encourage and support each other.

    Only members of the group can find the group or see what is posted there but if anyone reading this wants to join the private facebook group please email me at lizdyer55@gmail.com and put “Mom’s Facebook Group” as the subject.

    Here is a link that has a little more info about the group:

    http://serendipitydodah.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/serendipitydodah-for-moms/

  • Olivia

    Why would what gender a counselor is attracted to mean that they are attracted to the children? This is based on an underlying assumption of homophobic/transphobic stereotypes.

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