Former Lesbian Jackie Hill-Perry Says Christianity ‘Isn’t Harmful’ to Sexual Minorities But ‘Simply an Invitation to True Love’

The call to follow Jesus is an invitation to true love, and it’s good news to those who identify as LGBT, says a former lesbian.

Before hundreds of attendees at Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel for the annual Wilberforce Weekend sponsored by the Colson Center, Jackie Hill-Perry, author of Gay Girl, Good God spoke of her own journey out of same-sex desires and into the knowledge of God.

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 4.5 percent of the American populace.

“If Christianity is harmful for sexual minorities, there is either a problem with Christianity or there is a problem with Christians,” she said.

“I understand what it feels like to be a minority and it’s not just because I’m black, but also because I used to be gay.”

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 1990s, 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.

Hill-Perry loved church and growing up in it felt safe, mostly.

“But safe for saints. So as long as I was willing to take on the task of hiding the parts of me that would make saints clutch their pearls or lift up their nose a bit then I could preserve peace. Naturally, the older I got and the gayer I behaved I wanted nothing to do with church,” she said.

As she changed her clothing style and started acting in gender-nonconforming ways, her interactions with Christians became more awkward. It seemed that the only thing they could talk about with her were the passages in Scripture about sexual ethics related to homosexuality, such as Romans 1 and Leviticus 18.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter