By Chris Glaser
Homosexual Christian writer and activist Chris Glaser proposes that coming out--as homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered--has biblical priority and sacramental dimensions.
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In other words, we are not as biased as our heterosexual brothers and sisters in how we regard our sexuality. Heterosexuals are more likely to accept the first midrash, in which God prefers heterosexuality, than we are to accept the second midrash, in which God prefers homosexuality. A third midrash is needed: Two brothers expressed their love in different ways. Abel was gay and Cain was straight. Both decide to make an offering to God, apparently as a thanksgiving for the sexuality that God has given them.
Simply being "out" is a form of ministry, a ministry of presence that may witness to God's inclusive love, God's creative diversity, spiritual-sexual integrity, and harmony among sexual orientations. Further, many of us, in coming Page 15 out, have heard the call to render service or seek justice as volunteers or professionals. Many lesbian and gay clergy, social workers, therapists, doctors, and teachers have told me that acknowledging their own marginalization led them to want to help and empower people.
One rival must kill the other, or both must visit their tension and violence on a third party, a scapegoat. Thus ritualized violence perpetrated on a sacrificial victim reduces the likelihood and volume of other forms of violence. The sacrificial victim, devoted to God for this purpose, is thus regarded as sacred and, ambivalently, as necessarily destroyed. In our story, Abel represents those who visit their violence on a scapegoat (in his case, firstlings of his flock) rather than a fellow human being, and God approves of this.
Coming Out As Sacrament by Chris Glaser