Reporter Ky Sisson
The Biola Queer Underground along with Soulforce and LGBTQ Biola alumni held their first public event to discuss the Bible and homosexuality as well as experiences as a homosexual-Christian. 120 people filled the room and heard stories of challenge, suffering, and hope from Biola alumni as well as Soulforce representatives. The evening began with Soulforce employees J. Mason and Crystal Cheatham informing the audience of different terminologies such as the difference between gender and sex. They also went into different interpretations of the Bible on the subject on homosexuality and continued to defended their beliefs that it is permissible in the faith.
After Mason and Cheatham spoke, Biola film graduate, Kate Logan, showed a trailer of her documentary about a gay student who was sent by his parents to a juvenile delinquent camp in the Dominican Republic because he was gay. She said that telling the story of this student changed her views on homosexuality. You can read more about her documentary at www.kidnappedforchrist.com.
After a two minute break, Sarah Train, the moderator of the evening and a 2007 Biola grad, transitioned into the panel consisting of three Biola grads and one Fuller Seminary grad who works at Soulforce. They shared their stories of coming out and life as a homosexual-Christian. The panel also brushed on their time as a LGBTQ Biola student.
Every one in attendance was asked to fill out a question card for the panel. The questions that were asked include their views on anti-gay conversion therapy, their time as a Biola student, the difference between transgender identity and sexual orientation, and to end the evening, how straight supporters can help the Biola Queer Underground.
Ellie Ash-Balá reads the BQU's welcome letter to the audience at their first-ever public event.