The language we use to define the queer experience matters, and “same-sex attraction” does not cut it. Bridget Eileen Rivera goes into the history of the words “homosexual” and “same sex attraction” and explains why we need the LGBTQ+ community to use its words to define their experience. This is an expansive conversation about language and also about Bridget’s experience as a lesbian Christian.
Bridget Eileen Rivera is a writer, speaker, and educator completing her doctoral studies in sociology. She engages in public advocacy related to faith, gender, and sexuality, challenging the church to do better in its inclusion of LGBTQ people. Her first book, Heavy Burdens (Brazos Press, expected 2021), unpacks the legacy of LGBTQ discrimination in the church, helping Christians to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ people within Christianity and guiding readers to consider the tough questions necessary in charting a new path for the church. You can learn more about Bridget at bridgeteileenrivera.com or by following her on Twitter @TravelingNun.
This is a list of books for you to consider
These resources are by people who identify as part of the queer community or as same-sex attracted. We highly recommend that in your search to understand the LGBTQ community better, you choose resources by people who are part of the community or by people who are able to personally identify with it rather than resources by people who are straight.
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