A few months after BGBC was published in 2012, I went to Melbourne to do some media work around the book. One of the interesting gigs I got to do was appearing on Bent tv which did a special episode on LGBT people and religion. Bent tv is Melbourne's queer television station. With me were fellow guests, good friend Rev Joy Etwell, Julie Leder and Michael Barnett. Hosting the show was Remy Scholten. It was lots of fun and even though we didn't get time to discuss issues in depth, we did get to touch on some important issues like the one so many gay people ask: 'why on earth do you stay in religion after so much hurt has been done to LGBT people by the religious community'? You can watch the episode here or click on the YouTube icon and watch full-screen. I hope you enjoy it. And do share it around if you think it will help others you know.
My hope and prayer for you all this year is that 2013 will be a year of love, laughter, learning, connection and emancipation. Let's make it happen for ourselves and for others too. Below you can watch the trailer for the discussion that I had on elephant tv in October 2012 in Auckland New Zealand about Same-Sex Marriage. There were two of us in support and two against. The discussion was respectful, engaging, passionate and fun. The full documentary can be seen on the link immediately below.
Four passionate and experienced professionals from very different perspectives discuss same-sex marriage from a Christian perspective. Expected to be one of the most controversial episodes of our first series, with the most clearly opposing "sides" of any of the topics, this instead turned out to be one of our most emotional episodes, including an unscripted apology and more than one round of spontaneous hugging. A must-see for anyone interested in marriage, the church's role in marriage, and what an evolving marriage tradition could look like in Christian communities in the future.