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

  • Saints For The Rest Of Us

    No one prepares you for the lows in life. We’re well-versed in stories of triumph over struggles, but no one taught us how to go on living when we’re lost. We become drifters in different seasons for different reasons, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a community, a career, or sense of purpose....

  • You Don’t Need Permission To Take Your Seat At The Table

    My favorite part of speaking around the country is getting to listen to stories from other cities. I like to sit in circles with small groups of new friends, hear stories about their communities, and encourage them in whatever ways I can. A common theme that comes up in conversations with LGBT Christians is their struggle to feel like true equals in their faith communities. ...

  • 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....

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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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