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Eliel Cruz

Cruz is a contributor on religion, (bi)sexuality, media and culture at The Advocate, Mic and Religion News Service.

All Stories by Eliel Cruz

How evangelical Q conferences miss the mark on all matters LGBT

By Eliel Cruz — May 6, 2016
(RNS) Organizers say the conferences allow difficult conversations across ideological and theological lines. But that's not always the case.

Ben Carson oversteps his Adventist faith in proposing separate bathrooms for transgender people (COMMENTARY)

By Eliel Cruz — November 11, 2015
(RNS) The Seventh-day Adventist Church publicly acknowledged the need to do more research before making comments on the transgender community. Perhaps Carson should follow suit.

Goodbye for now, FaithfullyLGBT

By Eliel Cruz — October 5, 2015
This blog is closing but our conversations carry on and God continues to bless us.

Alan Chambers: ‘Same-sex relationships can be holy’

By Eliel Cruz — September 29, 2015
Once the leader of the nation’s most infamous ex-gay group, he now speaks out for love.

RELEVANT aims to be magazine for Christian Millennials — except LGBT ones

By Eliel Cruz — September 18, 2015
The popular Christian magazine has taken the cowardly way out of the LGBT conversation.

This Jewish summer camp welcomed a 12-year-old transgender camper

By Eliel Cruz — September 14, 2015
A community of a thousand people who knew Jonah welcomed her as Hannah.

What the Bible says (and doesn’t say) about trans people

By Eliel Cruz — September 3, 2015
Scripture doesn’t say much about transgender identities.

Are faith-based colleges ready for LGBT students?

By Eliel Cruz — August 24, 2015
Four policies every school should have and all students -- particularly LGBT students -- need to prosper on campus.

Russell Moore: “Equality Act is a threat to religious freedom”

By Eliel Cruz — August 12, 2015
The Southern Baptists are preparing to battle LGBT protections legislation. Should they?

How traditional biblical views can cut off love, enlightenment and even life

By Eliel Cruz — July 30, 2015
Relationships should be the lens to our theology. It’s not only biblical it’s also necessary for a life-sustaining interpretation of scripture.

Pastor faces backlash after equating bias against LGBT community with slavery

By Eliel Cruz — July 29, 2015
When he compared the dehumanization of slavery to the bias faced now by LGBT people, many were upset.

Catholic Priest, now out as gay, says Catholic leadership is failing LGBT faithful

By Eliel Cruz — July 28, 2015
"We are beautiful people and we deserve to be spoken to with respect," says former Catholic priest Bill Dickinson.

3 Christian Colleges recognize LGBT employees can be Christian, too

By Eliel Cruz — July 23, 2015
By opening their doors to same-sex couples and transgender people they signal all are valued because of their faith, not in spite of it.

Why I hate to go to church (COMMENTARY)

By Eliel Cruz — July 17, 2015
(RNS) Sermons are preached as if LGBT people don’t exist, as if we’re just theoretical ideas, as if we weren’t sitting in the pews.

I confess: I hate going to church

By Eliel Cruz — July 17, 2015
It's too painful to hear preachers offer a narrow vision of grace, one that excludes LGBT Christians.
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