Church.LGBT+ Timeline
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The rift between the evangelical church and the gay community is wide- this timeline gives some historical background for why it is so wide.
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1950's
Church/country has fear of communists as well as gay people
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Often reffered to as "The Lavender Scare"
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender_scare
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1969
The Stonewall uprisings made gay people more visible nationwide
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https://www.history.com/topics/gay-rights/the-stonewall-riots
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During this era, gay bars and clubs sprouted up as a place for the gay community to openly exress themselves
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Though during this time "gay behavor" (holding harnds, kissing or dancing with someone of the same sex) was illegal in many places
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1970's
Battle lines are drawn between gays & Christians
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Anita Bryant writes a book and organizes evangelicals to fight against a gay rights ordinance in Dade County, FL
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Anita_Bryant_Story
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1973
The court decision in Roe v. Wade starts the church on a path of politcal action to control moral slide
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https://www.britannica.com/event/Roe-v-Wade
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1976
Exodus International is founded: an 'ex-gay' organization that offered to help individual change their sexual orientation
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exodus_International
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1977
James Dobson founds Focus on the Family
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focus_on_the_Family
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1979
Moral Majority founded by Jerry Falwell / political "christian right" is on the rise. MM was dissolved in the late 80's.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_Majority
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1980'sAids Crisis
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Church’s response - aids as punishment from God, and considered a “gay disease”.
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Several Christian organizations aimed at supporting conservative christian values in public policy are founded in the 1970s and 80s
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_right
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1981
Joseph Nicolosi begins the work known as Reparative Therapy
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https://www.josephnicolosi.com/
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This work continues today (I found an article from 2017), despite solid research that denies the effectiveness of this method.
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1990's
Exodus & Reparative Therapy continue to be the "go to" solution for the church related to those with unwanted same gender attraction.
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Also a rise in Mixed Orientation Marriages: where one or more spouse experiences same gender attraction. This was, at one time, believed to be a "solution" or a step towards "change".
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2001-2017
Justin Lee leads the organization called the "Gay Christian Network"
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GCN worked to allow dialogue between Side A Christians (Affirming that God approves of same gender marriage) and Side B Christians (non affirming)
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Lee_(activist)
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2000's
Rise of Side B Christians
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This is an article that is helpful: http://mudbloodcatholic.blogspot.com/2016/03/gay-and-catholic-part-i-gaystation-two.html
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Also the rise of many churched becoming more affirming in their doctrine
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2013
Exodus closes it's doors and apologizes
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Some overarching themes in the church to work through:
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Idolization of the nuclear family & marriage
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Gayness is a threat to marriage and must be fought against
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In the evangelical church there is no often no real place for people who stay single, no story to tell them, no example to follow except marriage.
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With the pressure towards marriage and the idea that 'change' means heterosexuality, people are pressured into opposite sex marriages.
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