1. After noticing an absence of organizations highlighting LGBT voices of faith, writer Eliel Cruz started the #FaithfullyLGBT project to help spotlight religious LGBT experiences.
2. Cruz, a bisexual Seventh-day Adventist, travels the country attending various conferences and discussing the intersections of faith, sexuality, and gender.
“Meeting so many LGBT people of faith made me want to share their stories to begin to put a face to those of us who live in the intersection of faith and sexuality,” Cruz told BuzzFeed News.
Over the course of his travels, Cruz noticed a constant divide in what he refers to as the “God vs. Gay” debate. “Despite ample evidence that there is a significant portion of LGBT individuals who are themselves religious, both LGBT organizations and faith traditions perpetuate the false divide,” Cruz explained.
The writer hopes to break down the misconception that you can’t be both a member of the LGBT community and a person of faith.