Who I am
My name is Colin Smith. I live in Sydney, Australia,
and attend the Uniting Church. I have a Theological
Certificate from Moore Theological College, Sydney
Over the years I had noticed that a number of gay
people experienced conflicts between their religion
(mainly Christianity) and their sexuality, with some even
taking their own lives as a result. This led to decades
of research about religion and sexuality, undertaken on
the internet and in religious books and journals.
The research was carried out with an open mind, not
with the aim of proving a pro-gay view. In fact, many
pro-gay and anti-gay views put forward by scholars and
“experts” were rejected because the views were
illogical or based on false assumptions. The aim here
is for this site to be as accurate, complete, logical and
unbiased as possible.
By the way, I like time-travel movies, romantic gay
movies and romantic classical music.
You are free to copy, adapt, distribute and
transmit the information on this site provided that
you credit the author (Colin Smith) and that the
information is not used for commercial purposes. This
site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-
Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Feel free to link to this site.
Useful sites for Gay and Lesbian Christians
Links to the following sites are provided for your
information. However read them skeptically.
What the Bible says about homosexuality
Many views on this topic – prepared by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
Metropolitan Community Churches
An inclusive Christian denomination with a special
outreach to LGBT people. Branches in many countries.
Hundreds of Christian, gay Christian, and gay community
web links. Also has many devotions and sermons.
Gay Christian Network
Resources and support to GLBT Christians.
Affirms homosexual lifestyle as valid. Online community
of GLBTIQ Christians. 6,000 pages of resources,
education, free dating service, chat room, etc.
Gay Christian Online
Advice, articles, encouragement, positive lifestyle, books,
poetry, music, etc. for gay and lesbian Christians.
Network of Evangelical Christians accepting faithful,
loving same-sex people and partnerships.
Gay Christian Europe
Multi-lingual support and resources for GLBT Christians
Multicultural ministries with sexual minorities. Sites in
English and Spanish.
An online space and magazine for GLBT Christians.
A web magazine for GLBT Christians.
Christian news reports – very LGBT positive.
Box Turtle Bulletin
LGBT news plus some history and religious news.
Online faith community for lesbian, bisexual, questioning
and transgender women.
Advocates freedom for LGBT people from oppression.
Gay Wedding Values
Information to plan gay weddings and commitment
Lists of GLBT friendly churches world wide
Lists of GLBT friendly churches in UK &
Lists of GLBT groups in US denominations
here and here
Books about Christianity and Homosexuality
Robert A. J. Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual
Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics, 2001.
Positive: Thorough examination of the Biblical references
to same-sex activity.
Negative: Has a strong “no gay sex” point of view, largely
based on the concept that the only valid God-approved
sex is between males and females. This concept can be
shown to be false.
Bernadette J. Brooten, Love Between Women: Early
Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism, 1996.
Comprehensive and informative, especially about the
same-sex references in Romans 1.
Martti Nissinen, Homoeroticism in the Biblical World: A
Historical Perspective, 1998.
Comprehensive and informative.
Daniel Helminiak, What the Bible Really Says about
Homosexuality, 1994, 2000.
You can see lists of books about Christianity and
homosexuality compiled by:
National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education
Each list contains brief comments on the books in it.
Online articles on Christianity and
The following articles are worth reading, or at least
skimming. But read them skeptically and ask whether
they really prove their points. I disagree with the
assumptions or conclusions of some of these articles.
Background Essay On Biblical Texts (Arland Hultgren
and Walter Taylor) (pdf)
Excellent summary of different views on crucial Bible texts.
Male Homosexuality in the Bible (Norman Anderson)
Lesbian and Gay Catholic Handbook (Paul Halsall)
Includes an article on Pro-Gay Texts in the Bible
"Born Eunuchs": Homosexual Identity in the Ancient
World (Faris Malik)
A Letter to Louise (Bruce Lowe)
Biblical affirmation of gays, lesbians and their lives.
Homosexuality and Christianity (Jeramy Townsley)
Arsenokoités and Malakos: Meanings and Consequences
(Dale B. Martin)
Would Jesus Discriminate? (Jeff Miner and John
Homosexuality and the Bible (Walter Wink)
The Bible and Homosexual Practice (Robert Gagnon)
What We Wish We Had Known (Presbyterian Church,
Mt. Kisco, New York)
Science, psychology, sociology, and theology of
Is Homosexuality a Sin? (Emily Timbol)
Excellent sites for reading the Bible online are:
Contains many translations in English and other
languages, search, etc.
Contains extensive footnotes on word meanings, search,
Online Parallel Bible
Contains 11 versions, search, etc
Other helpful sites:
The Internet Sacred Text Archive
Resource Pages for Biblical Studies
Today's Bible Verse has easy-to -read thoughts on
positive Bible verses
When you see an internet site or read a book or article
about homosexuality and the Bible, be very critical and
skeptical about what you see. Many pro-gay and anti-gay
authors make lots of assumptions and spin the facts to
“prove” what they want to prove, not what is the truth.
Their distortions are then passed on by others who think
that the distortions are the truth.
Therefore read the Bible verses about same-sex activity
in various versions for yourself (especially the New
American Standard Bible and Young’s Literal
Translation) and try to work out what they really mean.
The other pages on this site should help you do this.
This site provides general information on what the
Bible says about homosexuality and how this affects
If you wish to get help with a personal problem, I would
suggest that you contact a minister, priest, pastor or other
expert in a nearby church. You could also phone a Gay
and Lesbian Counseling Service or Switchboard.
For suicide-prevention and crisis counseling, phone a
Gay and Lesbian Counseling Service or Switchboard
(may have limited hours), or Lifeline at 13 11 14
(Australia 24 hours, 7 days) or the Trevor Helpline at 866-
4-U-TREVOR (866 488 7386) (US 24 hours, 7 days, free).
If you are Jewish, you could try the contacts here.
If you are Muslim, you could try the contacts here.
You can comment on anything on this site
or point out where its information is wrong,
by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.