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Coming So Close…But Missing By A Mile?

A therapist’s professional critique of Mark Yarhouse’s “Understanding The Transgender Phenomenon”  By Lisa Maurel, LMFT Published on Sep. 28, 2015 @ 18:00 ET Most of us enjoy the privilege of feeling fairly “comfortable” with our assigned sex and the associated gender roles expected of us.  Even if we feel that our personal experience of gender,… Read more »

Overcoming With Good

by Darren McDonald Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good  (Romans 12:21) How do we respond when we encounter discrimination and violence?  How can we confront dehumanizing systems of oppression with our humanity and dignity intact?  Where can we find the endurance to continue the struggle for justice?   LGBTQQI and Allied… Read more »

Trans* Housing At GFU

As first reported by PQ Monthly, George Fox University has refused to allow Jayce, a transgender, African-American student, to live on campus in housing appropriate for his gender. They are also developing a policy that restricts housing to being based exclusively on the biological sex that was assigned to their students at birth (not inclusive… Read more »

A Way Forward

A Way Forward By Darren McDonald [As with all blog entries, the views expressed below are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Safety Net as a whole or its affiliated groups. ] Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the… Read more »

Futile Treatment

  An Ethical Analysis of Conversion Therapy by Darren McDonald To attempt futile treatment is to display ignorance that is allied to madness  – Plato Anne Paulk, of the Restored Hope Network (a network advocating for ex-gay conversion therapists and ministries), is proposing that the systematic shaming and spiritual abuse of clients that conversion therapy… Read more »

Claiming Identity

By Darren McDonald As with all blog entries, the views expressed below are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Safety Net as a whole or its affiliated groups. Chapel talks and evangelical publications have repeatedly claimed that God calls us to find our identity in Christ alone and… Read more »

You Are Not Alone

When I was closeted at Westmont College and Fuller Theological Seminary, I remember feeling profoundly isolated.  I was unable to share my secret for fear of the consequences in my family, church, school, and professional life, even though I deeply longed for someone who could understand what I was going through, who could help me… Read more »

Why I Went There

Rev. Darren McDonald is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Board for Safety Net (along with KT Latimer), a national network of LGBTQ&A student and alumni groups related to religious institutes of higher learning where the school’s religious beliefs around sexuality and gender identity play a key role in the challenges faced by LGBTQ&A students,… Read more »

Safety Net’s History

Students, alumni, faculty, and administrators are working for change at Christian colleges and universities where beliefs about sexuality and gender identity have played a significant role in the challenges faced by LGBTQ&A (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied) individuals. This movement is marked by at least three waves of organized work for the… Read more »

Coming So Close…But Missing By A Mile?

A therapist’s professional critique of Mark Yarhouse’s “Understanding The Transgender Phenomenon”  By Lisa Maurel, LMFT Published on Sep. 28, 2015 @ 18:00 ET Most of us enjoy the privilege of feeling fairly “comfortable” with our assigned sex and the associated gender roles expected of us.  Even if we feel that our personal experience of gender,… Read more »

Overcoming With Good

by Darren McDonald Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good  (Romans 12:21) How do we respond when we encounter discrimination and violence?  How can we confront dehumanizing systems of oppression with our humanity and dignity intact?  Where can we find the endurance to continue the struggle for justice?   LGBTQQI and Allied… Read more »

Trans* Housing At GFU

As first reported by PQ Monthly, George Fox University has refused to allow Jayce, a transgender, African-American student, to live on campus in housing appropriate for his gender. They are also developing a policy that restricts housing to being based exclusively on the biological sex that was assigned to their students at birth (not inclusive… Read more »

As LGBTQQI&A people who have studied and worked at these institutions, we know the challenges and isolation that LGBTQQI&A students face at schools that question their identity. Our mission is to insure that students at these institutions know that they are not alone.