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Research on faith and internalized homonegativity

I am posting on behalf of William Skelton.

Your participation in a research project is requested. This study is seeking Gay men and Lesbian women, 18 years of age with either previous or current experience with Christian religion or spirituality. Although many of you are not Gay or Lesbian, you do have connections with individuals who are eligible for this study. Please, take a moment to forward this to your friends or if you are eligible take the survey. The title of the study is “The relationship Between Faith Maturity Development and Internalized Homonegativity”. The study is seeking information that will be useful in the fields of Psychology of Human Sexuality and the Psychology of Religion. The aims of the research are to examine internalized homonegativity and faith maturity. If you decide to participate in this research, you will be asked to do the following: Answer the questions on the following scales as appropriate: Reactions to Homosexuality Scale, the Lesbian Internalized Homonegativity Scale, the Faith Maturity Scale, and a Demographics Scale. The questionnaire is estimated to take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

http://www.psychsurveys.org/williamskelton/ihandfm
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the study or your participation in the study, you may contact me, William Skelton by email at william.skelton@mymail.barry.edu.

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Alan Chambers: 99.9% have not experienced a change in their orientation

President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, spoke Friday evening as a part of a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Gay Christian Network.  Audio of the panel is now up at GCN (Part 1part 2). During part 2, about 5:30 into the file, Alan Chambers is asked about the way Exodus and member ministries describe the work they do. He was specifically asked about the slogan, “change is possible.” Chambers responds by discussing his views of sexual orientation change, saying

The majority of people that I have met, and I would say the majority meaning 99.9% of them have not experienced a change in their orientation or have gotten to a place where they could say that they could  never be tempted or are not tempted in some way or experience some level of same-sex attraction. I think there is a gender issue there, there are some women who have challenged me and said that my orientation or my attractions have changed completely. Those have been few and far between. The vast majority of people that I know will experience some level of same-sex attraction.

(http://wthrockmorton.com/2012/01/09/alan-chambers-99-9-have-not-experienced-a-change-in-their-orientation/)

According to the above quoted url:

There was also some discussion of change meaning a change of viewpoint and behavior but the consensus was that Chambers was giving an honest appraisal of the aspect of sexuality that involves essential attractions. As one who once defended sexual reorientation change efforts, I have to agree with Chambers’ assessment. Credible reports of change are rare and do come more often from women than men.

This is very interesting, I wonder what will become of this statement. Will it be clarified and reworded, or will it just be hidden away like it never happened, or will the Christian groups use this statement as is (very unlikely).

Why a New Blog?

With the recent hullabaloo over a PSA by Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (view it here New J-FLAG PSA), that angered local clerics (view post here Clerics Angered) and it’s rejection from local television stations; there has been increased conversation on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issue.

Many of the articles that have reached our local newspapers call down fire and brimstone, and blast homosexuality on grounds of Christian morality. So far articles on the opposing side have not surfaced.

Recently an ex-lesbian pastor was on our local television station (Television Jamaica (TVJ)), there was also an article on her in the Jamaican Gleaner (read it here Rev Michelle Smith). I did a response article which has been submitted to the same newspaper and can be read here I am Happy for Rev Smith.

In thinking about all of these events, I realised that there is no specific Jamaican blog or website (that I know of) that deals with Christianity and homosexuality in a positive light; meaning that a person can be GLBT or Q and be a Christian. For this reason I developed this new blog. The postings on this blog will be on Christianity and how you can be a Christian and GLBT or Q. A lot of the posts will come from other sources and I’ll try and find sermons to post as well. I promise to try to not rant on this blog =) if you want to read my rantings and articles I submit to the newspapers you can visit here, read the posts and bookmark it (Rantings of a Lesbian Christian ).