Encyclopedia Gender & Sexuality Words and Concepts • L, G, B, T, Q, Q, I, A… what do all the letters mean? • A short history of homosexuality • Why queer? Isn’t it a slur? Sexual Orientation • What does it mean to be gay and Christian? • What does it mean to be bisexual and Christian? • What is bi-phobia, bi-erasure, and bi visibility? • Are romantic attraction and sexual attraction different? • What does it mean to be asexual and Christian? • Aren’t the sexes meant to complement each other? Gender Identity • What does it mean to be transgender and Christian? • Is being transgender a mental disorder? • What challenges and prejudices do transgender people face? Scripture and Theology Scripture • Why do some Christians believe it’s OK to be gay, when the Bible says it isn’t? • What does the story of creation in Genesis 1 tell us about gender? (Genesis 1:26-27) • The Bible says Adam and Eve. Does that mean only straight marriage is OK? (Genesis 2:18-25) • Is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah about homosexuality? (Genesis 19:1-29) • Doesn’t Leviticus say homosexuality is an abomination? (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13) • What does the Bible say about gendered clothing? (Deuteronomy 22:5) • Were David and Jonathan lovers? (1 Samuel 18 – 2 Samuel 1) • Does Peter’s dream in Acts 10-15 relate to LGBTQ+ Christians? • What does Paul mean in Romans 1? • What does 1 Corinthians 6:9 say — and mean? Reading and Interpretation • What is historical criticism? • What is biblical literalism? Theology • I’m really interested in theology and the Bible! How can I learn more? • How do we talk about God’s gender? • What is feminist theology? Life and Family • What do I do when my friend is LGBTQ? • My child just came out. What do I do? • Is it okay to “hate the sin but love the sinner”? • I think I might be gay or bi or trans or queer. What do I do? • How do I come out if my family/church/therapist isn’t welcoming? • What do I do during holidays with unaffirming family? Church and Denominations Church • How do I find a welcoming community? • How do we talk about the people of God? • How do we talk about God in worship? Denominations • What is the Catholic Church, and what do they believe? • Who are Evangelicals, and what do they believe? • What are mainline Protestants? • Who are Lutherans, and what do they believe? • Who are Episcopalians, and what do they believe? • Who are Quakers, and what do they believe? • Who are Mormons, and what do they believe?