[Just posted to the Huffington Post]
June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and dance tents. And this year it is not only about gearing up for Pride; it is about counting down to the Supreme Court rulings on the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, due any day. It is about recognizing the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality over the last year. And it is about recommitting ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means "all." Everywhere.
So here's the 2013 version of my annual update to "Frequently Asked Questions About God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People." It is the brochure we give out at Southern California Pride Events here in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, offered in hopes that together we truly can be the change we want to see in the world, and in rebuttal to the rabid rhetoric of the anti-gay religious right. They do not speak for me. And they do not speak for my church.
1. Is being gay a sin?
No. Sins are acts that separate us from God and keep us from loving our neighbors as ourselves. Being gay is not a sin. Bullying is a sin. Being hateful to other people is a sin. Putting yourself in the place of God to judge others is a sin. Being gay is not.
Read the rest here ... and HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!