Mark A. C. Jennings
Religions 2018;9:53

Religions. Mythology. Rationalism

This paper is the product of in-depth interviews with 20 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) people who identify, or formerly identified, as members of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christian (PCC) churches. Interviewees typically found themselves confronted with a number of choices (not necessarily mutually exclusive): remain closeted, come out but commit to remaining celibate, undergo “SOCE” (Sexual Orientation Conversion Efforts) therapy, or leave. Most left their churches, often after agonising attempts to reconcile their faith and their sexuality. Several of the practices adopted by Australian PCC churches exclude LGBTIQ people from full participation in their own congregations, rendering them “impossible subjects.” Australian Pentecostalism’s surprisingly egalitarian history, wherein the spiritually authorised ministry of women was both recognised and celebrated, suggests another, more inclusive way forward in regard to this vexed issue.

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Undergraduate and Graduate Students’ Descriptions of the Complete Acceptance of Homosexuality
SAGE Open 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244016636432)
Based on the idea that researchers may better understand attitudes regarding homosexuality by focusing on acceptance rather than heterosexism, we utilized an online survey to ask 437 undergraduate and graduate students at a me...

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“It's Just More Acceptable To Be White or Mixed Race and Gay Than Black and Gay”: The Perceptions and Experiences of Homophobia in St. Lucia
Frontiers in Psychology 2017 (https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00947)
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals come from diverse cultural groups with differing ethnic and racial identities. However, most research on LGB people uses white western samples and studies of Afro-Caribbean diaspora often use Jamaican samp...

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When faith does violence: Reimagining engagement between churches and LGBTI groups on homophobia in Africa
HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 2016 (https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3511)
‘Homophobia’ is shorthand for stigmatising attitudes and practices towards people who demonstrate sexual diversity. In this article, we reflect on how African Christian faith may become redemptive rather than violent in the context of lesbian, gay, b...

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Queer in STEM Organizations: Workplace Disadvantages for LGBT Employees in STEM Related Federal Agencies
Social Sciences 2017 (https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci6010012)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in U.S. workplaces often face disadvantages in pay, promotion, and inclusion and emergent research suggests that these disadvantages may be particularly pernicious within science and engineer...

Permissive Attitude toward LGBT in Jakarta: Study of Differences in the Level of Permissiveness among individuals born in 1950-1970’s and 1980-2000’s
SHS Web of Conferences 2017 (https://doi.org/10.1051/shsconf/20173300057)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement is strongly resisted in Indonesia. This is not only that Indonesian people are still religious, but also the traditional norms and values are still very strong in daily life. Based on the Pew Res...

Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, Conservative Christianity and Resistance to Sexual Justice
Social Sciences 2017 (https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci6020054)
In this article, I situate the practice of sexual orientation conversion efforts (SOCE), sometimes known as conversion or reparative therapy, within historical, cultural, religious and political attitudes to non-heterosexuality. Using documentary ana...

Trans*+ing Classrooms: The Pedagogy of Refusal as Mediator for Learning
Social Sciences 2016 (https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci5030034)
Gender and sexuality norms, conscribed under cis/heteropatriarchy, have established violent and unstable social and educational climates for the millennial generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, agender/asexual, gender creative,...

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Navigating Online Selves: Social, Cultural, and Material Contexts of Social Media Use by Diasporic Gay Men
Social Media + Society 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305116672485)
Social media not only create new opportunities but also pose new challenges for the ways people navigate their online selves. As noted by boyd, social media are characterized by unique dynamics such as collapsed contexts, implying that one’s distinct...

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"Something Unspeakable": James Baldwin and the "Closeted-ness" of American Power
James Baldwin Review 2017 (https://doi.org/10.7227/JBR3.4)
This article reads the work of James Baldwin in dialogue with that of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Taking its cue from Baldwin’s claim that Americans “live […] with something in [their] closet” that they “pretend […] is not there,” it explores his depictio...

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IVF global histories, USA: between Rock and a marketplace
Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2016.09.003)
The USA has played, and continues to play, a distinctive and significant part in the history of IVF and assisted reproductive technology worldwide. American IVF emerged in the scientific context of contraceptive and fertility research, in the social ...

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“I am yet to encounter any survey that actually reflects my life”: a qualitative study of inclusivity in sexual health research
BMC Medical Research Methodology 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-016-0193-4)
Abstract Background Heteronormativity describes a set of norms and assumptions pertaining to heterosexual identities and binary gender. In 2015, we conducted our annual Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll study, an online health survey of over 1000 Victorians...

Dimensions of sexual orientation and sleep disturbance among young adults
Preventive medicine reports 2017 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.07.008)
We examined associations among 3 dimensions of sexual orientation (identity, attraction, and behavior) and sleep disturbance among young adults in the United States. Using Wave IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (respondents a...

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Face-ism and Objectification in Mainstream and LGBT Magazines.
PLoS ONE 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0153592)
In visual media, men are often shown with more facial prominence than women, a manifestation of sexism that has been labeled face-ism. The present research extended the study of facial prominence and gender representation in media to include magazine...

Outness, Stigma, and Primary Health Care Utilization among Rural LGBT Populations.
PLoS ONE 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0146139)
Prior studies have noted significant health disadvantages experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) populations in the US. While several studies have identified that fears or experiences of stigma and disclosure of sexual orientat...

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“I feel like I am surviving the health care system”: understanding LGBTQ health in Nova Scotia, Canada
BMC Public Health 2016 (https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3675-8)
Abstract Background Currently, there is a dearth of baseline data on the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) populations in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Historically, LGBTQ health research has tended to focus on i...

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