John Corvino provides some pushback to biblical literalists on the subject of homosexuality:
And Marc Ambinder recently wrote a moving reflection on how difficult it still is for young gay teens:
Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve met a lot of younger gay men who have been kicked out of abusive households. The most heartbreaking of the stories was told to me by a talented young clothing designer. Upon learning he was gay, he was severely beaten, given $500, driven to the airport, had a one-way plane ticket bought in his name, and was abandoned.
He was 16. […]
Parents who abuse children are abominable. But parents of gay children can get away with it more, because there’s a stigma, […]
Nothing will change until it becomes shameful not to treat your gay child with respect and decency.
This is the problem with biblical literalism directed at homosexuals. If homosexuality is sinful and shameful, it provides social and religious cover for heterosexuals to abuse gay, lesbian, and transgendered people (“I can act this way toward gay, lesbian, and transgendered people because the Bible tells me so”).