I’m a big fan of Thought Catalog, so naturally I came across your post “7 Reasons Jesus Was Gay”. After reading this piece, I’d like to tell you that as a gay Christian myself, I am extremely disappointed that you would choose to make us a laughingstock by posting this kind of material.
Every day, LGBT Christians face seemingly insurmountable discrimination from our fellow believers, and so-called jokes like your post serve only to make a mockery of our struggle for equality.
Sure, it’s satire. I get it. But the thing about satire is, it always has a target. What you’re doing is making us, LGBT Christians, the target by denigrating our cause and our beliefs.
Traditionally-minded Christians see this kind of stuff and think it’s representative of the attitudes of LGBT believers. While the truth is, we most imperatively do not believe in making a joke of our savior. But that’s just what people need — more reason to justify religious homophobia.
And as if that weren’t enough already, you also managed to reinforce harmful stereotypes about straight men while you were at it. According to each of the seven items in your list, a straight man should be:
- Disinterested in brotherly friendship and eager to objectify women
- Devoid of any taste or class
- Incapable of artistic expression
- Sex-obsessed and unable to be content single
- In love with violence and willing to treat his wife like she’s worthless
- Captivated by destruction, power-obsessed, and uncompassionate
So thank you for contributing to the already massive problems of religious homophobia and gender stereotyping with your sorry attempt at humor. In the off chance that I haven’t already made myself unmistakably clear, I cannot remember ever reading anything so insulting or offensive as your blog post.
Here’s a follow-up I wrote upon receiving a WordPress.com Freshly Pressed editors’ pick for this post.