chapter  6
17 Pages

Analytic Perspectives: Homophobia and Heterosexism

I’ve struggled all my life to stay a member of the church. I think I’ve lived a good life, and I care about others. I volunteer for as much as I can. I truly believe the Bible’s story about God and Jesus. But deep inside I know that I’m a worthless person because the church’s view of homosexuality has told me so over and over again. No one knows I’m gay, and I’ve never had a sexual relationship with anyone. I’m afraid of what God will do to me. There’s no way God can love me if my whole being is sinful and corrupt because I’m gay. Really, I just wish I would die.1