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Log In Sign Up. We Are God's Children, Y'all: Krista B McQueeney. Data are taken from hours of participant observation Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship 25 in-depth interviews in two Protestant churches: Second, most lesbian and gay members—both black and white—normalized their sexuality by enacting Christian morals of monogamy, manhood, and motherhood.

Findings shed empirical light on two issues in the social problems literature: For most conservative i.

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Biblical interpretation Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship homosexual sex as a sin further consolidates the belief in heterosexual marriage as the only proper context for sexual activity Roof and McKinney ; Thumma Although evangelicals may redefine male headship in everyday life Gallagher and Smith ; Parrtythe gendered, heterosexual family remains at the heart of conservative Christianity Williams relationshi Wolkomir In the twentieth century, Christians developed a liberation theology to challenge class injustice Smith Inspired by these Christian beliefs, some Protestant churches have welcomed people who The author wishes to thank Sherryl Kleinman for her invaluable feedback and mentoring.

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This article uses participant observa- tion and in-depth interviews in two mainline Protestant, lesbian- relqtionship gay-affirming1 congre- gations in the South to analyze how lesbian, gay, and straight-but-affirming church members reinterpreted Christian beliefs to include people traditionally stigmatized by their sexuality.

One church was predominantly black2, lesbian, working class3, and evangelical Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship, and the other was mostly white, heterosexual, upper middle class, and liberal Protestant. The lesbian women Lesbjan gay men I studied—black and white—found themselves caught between dominant Christian culture and gay subcultures.

Homosexuality carries Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship heavy stigma within Christianity, placing lesbians, gays, and bisexuals on lesser ground than their straight counterparts.

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Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship black and white lesbian and gay believers sought recognition as Christians and members of the church family, but they were greeted by traditions that privi- leged heterosexuality and the twentieth-century evangelical gendered family. Even pary, their participation in Christian institutions relaationship the heterosexual Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship Foucault ; Gramsci Together with their straight-but-affirming allies, lesbian and gay church members engaged in oppositional identity work to challenge homosexual stigma and fashion good Christian identities.

I Sex dating in Kentwood argue that their oppositional identity work emerged as lesbian and gay Christians stood with one foot set to enter a heterosexist institution, and the other poised to kick over the heterosexist beliefs and traditions that deemed them unworthy.

How did lesbian, gay, and straight-but-affirming church Cute 24121 boy looking for a good time construct and perform good Christian identities in the face of this stigma? From a social constructionist perspective, relationdhip are shaped by macro discourses and structures Omi and Winant ; Nagel and everyday interactions West and Fenstermaker ; West and Zimmerman These church members drew on Christian discourses surrounding sexuality e.

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But sexuality is never separate from other systems of domination, such as racism and 1. For some members, the term African American leaves out black first-generation immigrants and those who do not, for whatever reason, identify as African American. Though class is always defined in historical, relational, and race- and gender-specific terms BettieI typify the class status of church members based on socioeconomic status income, occupation, and educational Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship.

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While this is useful for descriptive purposes, many black Faith Church members some of whom I categorize as working class viewed themselves as middle class and upwardly mobile. Conservative Christians often cite Genesis The Bible refers to homosexual acts as sinful or unnatural in at least six passages. I will argue that the strategies congregants used to construct and perform lesbian, gay, and Saelm Christian identities were shaped not only by the institutional and cultural contexts they occupied, but also by their differential Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship in systems of race and gender inequality.

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Yet these studies have placed sexual-Christian identity negotiation at the analytical center, relationshkp race and gender as secondary. As intersectional feminists Collins ; Zinn and Dill have argued, a unitary analysis of gender or Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship can imply a false universalism rooted in white, middle class experience. The church members I studied—black, white, lesbian, gay, and straight—all faced a conflict between Christianity and homosexuality.

Yet they crafted different strategies to deal with this conflict. These Sqlem strategies were rooted in their differential access to resources, power, and meanings.

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I contend that without examin- ing how sexuality interacts with other social identities—in this case, race and gender—we cannot fully understand the forms and consequences of sexual identity in the contemporary United States.

Recently, scholars and activists have marshaled faith as a resource to advocate for mar- riage equality and other LGBT rights. Andrew Yip points to religion as a framework for practicing sexual inclusion, and Gary ComstockDavid ShallenbergerTimothy Buzzelland Melissa Wilcox argue that lesbians and gay men are creating more inclusive Christian churches. I observed and participated in worship Provo Utah sex chat, Bible studies, holy unions5, social events, and regional conferences I spent over hours in the field.

I recorded detailed field notes from memory after fieldwork, and wrote notes-on-notes Kleinman Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship Copp Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship develop emerging themes.

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These unions Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship contentious in the local community; several ministers and congregations had recently been expelled from mainline Protestant denomina- tions for violating church authority on this issue. I conducted 25 semi-structured, open-ended interviews with 21 parishioners and the 4 pastors relationhip, which I tape-recorded and transcribed in full.

I coded my field notes and Lesblan transcripts for thematic content Lofland and Lofland I also analyzed newsletters, local newspaper articles, listserve messages, and publications disseminated by the churches and their denominations.

I approached 33rd study Slaem a Hello any ladies want to chat Kleinmansymbolic interactionist Blumer ; Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship perspective. Aware of my own perspective and privilege as a white, lesbian graduate student field-worker, I routinely reflected and wrote analytical memos about how my expectations, biases, and interactions with participants shaped my analysis.

Settings Faith Church I did participant observation and 11 in-depth interviews6 with the Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship and lay mem- bers of Faith Church from August to August Part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches MCCFaith Church was a member evangelical con- gregation in a midsize Southern city attended primarily by working class black lesbians.

Pastor Paula7, a black lesbian in her mids, founded Faith Church in November of The MCC is an ecumenical network that encourages a diversity of beliefs and practices within a Christian-Trinitarian theology.

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We embody and proclaim Christian salvation and liberation, Christian inclusivity and community, and Christian social action and justice. We serve among those seeking and celebrating the integration of their spirituality and sexuality UFMCC I interviewed 5 black lesbians, Housewives looking casual sex Newbern Tennessee black gay man, 5 white lesbians, and the pastor Pastor Paula at Faith Church.

As a white woman entering a predominantly black church, I hoped to gain enough rapport for participants to share their experiences with me. Therefore, I spent two years in the field before conducting interviews. All names have been changed to protect the Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship of study participants.

At Faith Church, most members identified Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship lesbian, and a few as gay, bisexual, or transgender.

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There parfy also children who attended with their parents; I exclude them from the demographic profile of the congregation. All congregations follow bylaws, directives, and policies dictated by the denomination, but local congregations have considerable autonomy to create their own style and identity.

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In the broader denomination, congregations range from evangelical to charismatic to liturgical to New Age. We focus on Jesus Christ. Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship Paarty members adapted liberationist language common in black churches to 3rf gay and lesbian experience. The leadership at Faith Church viewed the Bible as the inspired Word of God, to be inter- preted within its historical context.

A black lesbian church leader explained: We live by the Word of God. As a people, we have a history of reading the Bible [in a way] that nourishes our journey.

Unity Church I also did participant observation and 14 in-depth Kilburn fuck mature with the pastors and gay and lesbian members of Unity Church between July and August Unity Church, part of the United Church of Christ UCCwas a member, predominantly white, middle class, liberal Protestant church in a southeastern university town.

Founded in reltionship, Unity Church had Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship history of outreach for peace and justice and legitimacy as a mainline denomi- nation that Faith Church lacked.

Unity was a mostly heterosexual, family-oriented congregation. There were three pas- tors: In contrast, most lesbian and gay members—about 10 percent11 Raised as conservative Christians, most of the lesbian and gay members Lesbiaan their sense of them- selves as good people on a set of beliefs Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship now condemned them as abominations before God Melton Some had been cast out of their home churches and birth families.

Even those Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship were not still experienced feelings of guilt and shame. Emily, a year-old white lesbian raised Southern Baptist, recalled: Feeling like I was gay was against everything I knew about homosexuality in the Bible growing up, that gays and 3rs were not good people, and I had always considered myself a good person. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior [at] Most of these lesbians and gay men had relied on their Christian identity since childhood as evidence that they were good people; few could simply reject relationsbip Chris- tian identity.

But nor did they feel they could suppress Sale same-sex desires. In doing so, many lesbian and gay parishioners aligned their moral identity with their sexual identity and re- claimed a sense of dignity and worth. Meanwhile, straight-but-affirming Christians did Wives want nsa Loco Hills face a sexual stigma directly. But they, too, had a reason to do oppositional identity work.

Additionally, all members— regardless of sexual identity—risked their Christian legitimacy by being part of a church that Several gay and lesbian Unity members said in interviews that they would prefer to attend a church more like the conservative Christian churches of their upbringing, Lwsbian that did not relatiknship homosexuals. Unity Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship often noted that lesbian and Horny women Washington Indiana members knew more about the Bible, and embraced a more literal biblical interpretation, than their heterosexual counterparts.

The quotes I provide from heterosexual members come from their public avowals or informal conversation. Thus, all members did oppositional Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship work to disassociate Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship the heretic religious and radical political categories. While I treat these strategies as analyti- cally distinct, members often drew on more than one in practice.

Relationsihp, some black lesbians minimized homosexuality by treating it as secondary to the Christian identity. Second, most lesbians and gay men—black and white—normalized their sexuality by enacting monogamy, manhood, or motherhood this was the most common strategy.

Third, some lesbian, gay, and straight-but-affirming members moralized the sexual-Christian identity: For a small number of black lesbians and gay men at Faith Church, this 3rr using their stigmatized sexuality as a basis for challenging Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship in the church.

Meanwhile, some white straight-but-affirming Unity members gleaned a Lesbian 3rd party Salem relationship moral identity from their mis- sion to include the excluded. Minimizing Members of mostly black, working class Rrlationship Church were keenly aware of the image of homosexuality as abnormal and sinful. As Pastor Paula noted, to foreground sexuality was particularly discrediting in the black church, where talking about sex was taboo: