Julie is a writer, speaker, and advocate for LGBT people in Christian communities. She has served as an advisor to religious leaders, college administrators, and LGBT students at Christian colleges. She has also survived the culture war. Read more about her here or watch a recent talk she gave here.

Recent Posts

  • How to Stand Strong with a Soft Heart

    Tomorrow Donald Trump will be the President of the United States of America. Even if he’s #notyourpresident, he will be the President of the United States, and we have to figure out how we’re going to order our lives during a Trump presidency. I know we’re all over the spectrum in terms of our politics....

  • Back to Blogging: Some Updates and Hopes

    After an extended break from blogging, I’m back in the game. I initially stepped away at my employer’s request, and then I continued to lay low because life happened. My views on how the church can best support LGBT people shifted, which was kind of a big deal since I’ve spent most of my life doing advocacy work in this space. It’s challenging to undergo an evolution in thinking when you’re in the public eye....

  • A Place For LGBTQ College Students Who Won’t Feel Safe With InterVarsity

    In May of this year, I was invited by the InterVarsity chapter at UCLA to speak about what it’s like to be a gay Christian. The crowd was packed with LGBTQ students who came because they heard a lesbian Christian was going to talk about Jesus. Some came for the first time and some returned after spending some time away. They thought maybe this would be the night to come hear about Jesus....

  • Forgiveness

    Shortly after I graduated from college, I sat down with an old mentor and told her about the years that had passed since we’d last been together. I told her about the highs (like running a marathon) and the lows (like failing fitness class). We talked about my steady hope that I would win the war against my sexuality. We talked about trauma....

  • How The Church Can Show Up After The Pulse Shooting

    Just when LGBT people started to feel safe to be out and open in public, our community was targeted for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. And within hours of learning about the massacre at Pulse, we heard a man from Indiana was arrested on his way to LA pride with three assault rifles and chemicals that could create an explosion....

  • A Response to Russell Moore’s article “The Real Meaning of Transgender Bathrooms”

    Russell Moore wrote an article today about the Obama administration’s move to protect trans students in public schools across the country. While I disagree with Moore on many topics, I respect him as a compassionate leader and I’ve appreciated the ways he’s challenged the Southern Baptist Convention to seek justice for many who have been marginalized. This article was uncharacteristically culture warry and fear-based, though....

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Speaking

Julie connects with those seeking a fresh vision for community as we become more diverse (and often more divided). She speaks with humor and candor in a variety of settings, including universities, LGBT events, women’s events, and leadership conferences. Sometimes conversations about sensitive topics are more fruitful in smaller settings, so Julie also consults regularly with Christian leaders and college administrators to discuss practical ways organizations can nurture the kinds of communities where everyone feels wanted.

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