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Bishop Gene Robinson Helps Assure Gay Teens That ‘It Gets Better’

posted by Nicole Neroulias

New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, has contributed a video to the “It Gets Better” project, aimed at assuring gay teenagers who are considering suicide that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel of high school hell.

 

The gist:

“I know a lot of you are feeling in that dark place because religion and religious people are telling you that you are an abomination before God. Maybe you are growing up in a Roman Catholic household and you hear from your church that you are intrinsically disordered. Or maybe you are growing up in a Mormon household or a Southern Baptist household, and you’re told that that somehow your life is not acceptable to God. I want to tell you, as a religious person, that they are flat out wrong.”

“God loves you the way you are and God doesn’t want you to change. And God doesn’t want you to be cured or healed, because there’s nothing to be healed from. You’re the way you are, the way God made you, the way God loves you.”

“So, if you’re considering hurting yourself, please don’t. Please, don’t. God wants you to live in the light of God’s love, and that light will take away all of this darkness. So, hang in there, be strong, and know that despite the messages that you get from religious people, God loves you beyond your wildest imagining, and only wants the best for you. It gets better, I promise. It gets so much better.”

Faith in Public Life has more on the project, launched by columnist Dan Savage a few weeks ago, which has gotten submissions from celebrities like Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn, Glee‘s Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt) and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet (who play Mitchell and Cameron). The hundreds of videos so far include all sorts of religious perspectives, including Muslim, Catholic, Baptist and Mormon. Two more samples:

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JohnQ

posted October 15, 2010 at 1:20 am


What a great project!



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Jesus

posted October 15, 2010 at 7:16 am


Luke 17:1-2



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Rob the Rev

posted October 15, 2010 at 11:38 am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax96cghOnY4
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns reaches out to GLBT teens with a personal story and a message of hope. For more coverage, visit the following links:
http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/10/
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/FW-Cou
http://facebook.com/joelburns1



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Henrietta22

posted October 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm


Great messages for anyone who is being hurt by doctrinal religious beliefs concerning how they were born into this world. They should be reported, as these are, on CNN web site and on Anderson Coopers night show.



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kenneth

posted October 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm


You CAN survive Christianity. You just have to be strong and not let it crush your spirit as it is wont to do.



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Susan LaDu

posted October 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm


I can’t believe this man is giving this kind of advice. It is an abomination to God, read the bible. God says it’s wrong and his laws never change. People want to change them to fit their own choices, including homosexuality. Also, if it is an abomination to God then of course he did not create you that way. Being a homosexual will not keep you out of Heaven, but you will have some explaining to do. Think about it. I might be right and you might be wrong. We will all know the truth soon.



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NPR PRN

posted October 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm


Dear Susan- So sorry that you are unaware of god’s endless, unconditional love. The bible has wisdom, but written thousands of years ago with many ,at best, inconsistent to today’s life. The main reason I believe in god is the sweet, joyous feeling of being loved when I pray; it seems that you would like to deny that to others who your book tells you are abominations. Really sad.



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nnmns

posted October 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm


Yes, Susan, you are a pimple on the behind of religion. It’s unfortunate that behind is so pimpled, but happily getting somewhat less so.



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Elbridge

posted October 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm


I still suffer the memories of being sexually abused by a Protestant minister 1950-1954.
It is by the love and grace of God that I was delivered from awful control. God loves the homosexual but hates the sin. There will be delivered homosexuals in heaven.
But the Bible makes it very clear that homosexuals will not be included.



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nnmns

posted October 15, 2010 at 11:43 pm


Maybe it’s Protestant ministers who won’t be included. I expect your odds of being molested by the one or the other are about the same.



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nnmns

posted October 16, 2010 at 1:45 am


Oh, and I’m pretty sure the Bible doesn’t mention Protestant ministers. To some that would mean they need to be changed.



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Goodguyex

posted October 16, 2010 at 6:03 am


Calling it a “disordered” does not necessarily mean it is evil; it only means it is a challange. If I were “disordered” this way, (I am not but I have other “challanges”) I would say to myself “Yes, this is a disorder, but what am I going to do short term and long term”?



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pagansister

posted October 16, 2010 at 11:29 am


Am so glad this project has been started. I can’t imagine what it must be like for those children, realizing their sexual orientation, being treated so horribly by those who think their homosexuality is wrong, evil and unnatural. I sincerely hope this project helps them.
Susan La DU:
It is the attitude you display that creates the atmosphere that contributes to some of the problems gay teenagers face. IMO no god will demand any explanation for his/her creation’s sexual orientation. After all, she/he is the creator, right? So there are no mistakes. Why would that god create defective creatures?



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Gwyddion9

posted October 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm


yes, there is hope for gay boys and girls. They can survive Christianity. It is also important to recognize that Christianity DOES NOT agree within itself on this subject. There are those who accept a person for who they are and then you have those sects that have decided that that you must think and believe as they do on every matter. These should simply be ignored.
It does get better as one grows up but as a gay man, I will also add that being gay, in this country, is not for the weak.
You are who you are and you were created to be who you are. Don’t let the lies of others tell you that you’re not!



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maya

posted October 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm


How is it that the suicides of gay teens are getting all of this attention, but the suicides of straight teens are not? Pheobe Prince? Hope Witsell these girls were 15 and 13 years old! They were bullied into suicide. Why are their deaths somehow not as important as the others. They’re ALL important. It’s making me mad, as a woman and a mother, that the press (and apparently the ministers) are falling all over themselves to mourn and activate over SOME suicides, but not others. And who died and made Robinson God, anyway? He has no right, anymore than any other preacher, to decide definitively that God loves or doesn’t love certain actions. Seems to me he’s looking for a way to cast a benediction on his own life. Fie on all of it.



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nnmns

posted October 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm


maya I think everyone regrets all suicides but there’s an obvious cause of several of them, a cause which we can hope to ameliorate. I think it’s telling that you resent that attempt.



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Mordred08

posted October 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm


Phoebe Prince’s story got plenty of air time. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t know about it, maya. Why is it that when LGBTs suffer, straights accuse us of attention seeking? We’d be more than happy if you people just left us alone, but you don’t seem capable of doing that.



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Rick

posted October 18, 2010 at 9:01 am


As the husband of a former lesbian, I can say not only what God teaches in the Bible, but that there is indeed hope for the homosexual. They can have peace in their lives. There is no peace when one is sinning and homosexuality is sin. One homosexual asks that we leave them alone. No, this is backwards. Too many homosexuals today want to convert our children to this perversion. While many have been silent, there is a battle beginning to put a stop to calling evil good and good evil.
That homosexuals would be made ministers in professing Christian churches is a sign that many churches have fallen. God loves the homosexual too much to leave them in their tortured state. Guilt is not removed by saying there is none. It can be removed when it is confessed and the life given in service to God, the God of the Bible, not the God of churches who misrepresent Him. Look past the churches to the Bible. Read for yourself what God is like and quit thinking that the Baptists or the Episcopalians are teaching the truth. Go to Jesus personally and find out through His Word what He has said. There you will find peace just as my wife has.



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nnmns

posted October 18, 2010 at 10:21 am


Rick I agree with you on one thing, maybe not more. Skip the churches! Don’t throw money at organizations that probably don’t reflect the truth anyway.
And for heaven’s sake skip the talking heads. They are worse than the churches.



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Alicia

posted October 18, 2010 at 11:26 am


This project has really taken off. It really is “an idea whose time has come.” This is wonderful.



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Henrietta22

posted October 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm


Heterosexuality is a given. Homosexuality is a given. Neither of these biological givens fall under “morals”, except for how you use them. The Medical world explains both conditions and the diseases that come from being either one. When the “Moral followers” of each and every word in the Bible get heart problems, cancer, etc. they get themselves fast to their physcians and they accept everything that is suggested to make them well again. But, when they see GLBT being who they are they wouldn’t think of studying into what the Medical World tells them about this subject. So pitiful, so ignorant, and so going against the truth that would help straighten out this world.



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pagansister

posted October 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm


FORMER lesbian? Interesting.



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Grumpy Old Person

posted October 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm


maya,
Those girls you mentioned weren’t bullied because they were str8.



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brooksjk

posted October 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm


The question we have to ask ourselves as a society is, “Where do we draw the line when it comes to sexual behavior?” A generation ago sex outside of marriage was taboo now it is as commonplace as fast food. A few years ago, homosexuality couldn’t even be mentioned in polite conversation now it provides the premise for sit-coms and it parades down Main Street. Each time we erase the line that separates acceptable from unacceptable behavior it becomes harder and harder to ever redraw it where it once had been. Some people in our community see this as a good thing. They believe that, in the name of freedom and their own definition of rights, that all lines should be erased and they should be able to act upon whatever whim or physical urge holds their interest at that moment. Values…that was our parents’ hang-up, a restriction on our desires and wants. Responsibilities…let the next generation deal with the ramifications of our actions, let them try to rebuild and deal with the mess that we are leaving in our wake.
Is this the legacy that we want to leave our children?



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Henrietta22

posted October 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm


When you take Homosexuals and Heterosexuals and lump them into something that needs to be hidden under a rug you make all suffer with how they are born. Certainly immoral acts by all of us are still recognized as wrong. My generation was left a mess of thinking that GLBT was immoral and it’s taken many years by our Medical Societies to straighten this out. If people can learn that homosexuality isn’t picked to drive some heterosexuals crazy in this century we’ll be leaving a very good legacy.



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JohnQ

posted October 20, 2010 at 12:40 am


Rick-
First, why are you attempting to objectify gays/lesbians by refering to them as “the homosexual”. Gays and lesbians are people just as heterosexuals are people. Do you refer to straight people as “the heterosexual”?
As the husband of a currently (and always will be) gay man, I can assure you that of course gays/lesbians can and do have peace in their lives. Of course with two younger children….things are not always peaceful…but, children are indeed a blessing and a joy.
Peace!



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JohnQ

posted October 20, 2010 at 12:54 am


brooksjk-
A generation ago sex outside of marriage may have been taboo…but, it certainly was popular and prevalent. Not opening accepting or talking about something does not mean it has not existed since the begining of humanity.
I understand your point about lines. Just think, a hundred years ago, females in the USA could not vote. And, in most states, if they were married…they could not own property…any real estate, bank accounts, stock certificates became the sole property of their husbands upon marriage. Men were free to beat and rape their wives….after all, wives were the husband’s property.
And to think, it has been less than 50years since we have had to permit marriage between a white person and a black person…share restroom facilities and drinking fountains….permit blacks to sit down on a bus…even if there are no seats left for white people.
I think the fact that for the most part males and females share equality, blacks and whites and Hispanics share equality…..and, that gays/lesbians can marry in 5states (soon to be 50)….gays/lesbians can serve openly in the military, etc are all indications of the great progress we as a nation have made over the last 100 or so years.
Yes, I think we leave our children a great legacy. My husband and I think it is great that our children will inherit this great nation.
Peace!



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pagansister

posted October 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm


Nicely said, JohnQ! (at 12:54AM “Oct. 20)



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JohnQ

posted October 21, 2010 at 11:04 pm


pagansister-
Thanks!



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Grumpy Old Person

posted October 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm


Susan LaDu,
“if it is an abomination to God “
Sorry, but that’s a pretty big “IF”. Several Christian faith denominations don’t believe that being gay (as we know it and discuss it today) is NOT “an abomination”.
Also, if you’re going to insist on Biblical literalism, you’d have to admit that eating shrimp is sinful because the Bible calls it the exact same word – “an abomination” – in the exact same book and chapter!
(We’d also have to put disobedient children to death, along with the victims of incest. And we’d have to refuse communion to the disabled.
Yours is an un-charitable assumption.
@ Elbridge,
“I still suffer the memories of being sexually abused by a Protestant minister 1950-1954. It is by the love and grace of God that I was delivered from awful control.”
Being the victim of sexual abuse has nothing to do with (whatever you meant by) being “delivered from awful control” unless you meant you were being ‘controlled’ by your abuser. Being gay does NOT equal being controlled’.
“But the Bible makes it very clear that homosexuals will not be included.”
If it were “clear”, this discussion would not be happening. Depending on which versioin/translation of the Bible that one reads, the “excluded” include “the effeminate” (as opposed to “the homosexual” – a word coined only about 100 years ago, btw). Leaving out the effeminate would preclude many (MANY) Christian preachers, Ted Haggart and Mike Huckabee not the least among them.
Thanks gawd I’m a butch gay – means I’ll ‘get in’ according to a simpler, meaner ‘faith’.
DO BETTER!



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