I was at a comedy show in Soho recently, when my slightly too loud cackle attracted attention from the comedian. One thing led to another, and I ended up being teased affably about my love life as the audience laughed on. Mae Martin is a queer performer, after all. But any gay person who has experienced that niggle of anxiety before announcing their queerness will understand. My family and friends adore my girlfriend, and I no longer have personal qualms about my sexual identity. Growing up in the church has played quite a big part in these insecurities.
The Christian Post
‘I used to be a lesbian’
Given the profound shift in opinion among younger generations of Americans about same-sex relationships, she underscored the need to explain the case for why the Christian faith is life-giving for those who experience same-sex attraction or in any way identify themselves as LGBT. And that is because their default understanding is that Christianity isn't only not good, but harmful to sexual minorities, she said, which constitutes approximately 4. Her same-sex desires began around the time she was 5 or 6, before she knew how to spell her first name. She had no language with which to communicate and express her feelings, particularly because during the early s, homosexuality was considerably less visible in popular culture. She also had no space to process her experiences and desires, but soon became aware of the apparent special condemnation in the Church that was reserved for homosexuals.
She’s a lesbian. I’m a Christian. What she helped me realize about God and the church.
The ones where they start telling you why you need to turn from your ways, lest you go to hell? Yeah, not much of a warm welcome, eh? Several years ago I developed a friendship with a girl that was a lesbian. I was able to look through her lens when it came to Christianity.
Jackie is unwavering in her beliefs. Although Christianity played a role in her upbringing, by the age of 17 Jackie had left her church behind, knowing exactly what they thought of her relationships with other women. What came next would only take a moment, and it would happen in the quietness of her bedroom, but it would change her life forever. Jackie loved her girlfriend, and the break-up was hard.