This proposed book is an anthology of both original and reprinted articles on sexuality from a sociological perspective. The readings in this collection focus on the diverse and multi-layered meanings of sexuality, sexual behaviors and sexual identities. The essays in this book will explore sexuality as a social process. As a whole, the book takes the perspective that what each of us understands to be sexual is constructed through everyday social processes and interaction, situated in particular spaces and moments, identified through our social-sexual presentations, and symbolized through language, objects and practices. The book is organized around these four distinct but interrelated processes, and augmented by personal narratives around relevant issues. The purpose of this book is to broaden students' perspectives on sexuality by providing them with a consistent framework to help them understand sexualities as social phenomena. The authors' goals for the book are: to engage students in the sociological enterprise by providing interesting and insightful entries that emphasize the importance of meaning-making in human sexuality, and to provide them with conceptual tools to understand human sexuality in a complex and quickly-changing sexual landscape.
Chapter 9: “Somewhere between Evangelical and Queer”: Sexual-Religious Identity Work in a LGBT Christian Church
“Somewhere between Evangelical and Queer”: Sexual-Religious Identity Work in a LGBT Christian Church
Sitting at a table with a group of lesbian and gay Christians one night before Bible Study, a lesbian Christian woman1 named Andie (all names contained herein are pseudonyms) walked in visibly disturbed. When a couple of people at the table asked her if she was okay, Andie responded, “I just get so tired of explaining to people that it is possible for me to be a lesbian and a Christian,” before taking her seat and grabbing a piece of candy from the jar in the middle of the table. Chuckling in ...