LGBTQ Religious Trauma, Resolution Options and PTSD
Having worked with 1,000s of LGBTQ people from Christian backgrounds, I’ve had lots of experience with LGBTQ Religious Trauma. I was invited to join a lineup of 15 speakers at the Shameless Sexuality: Life After Purity Culture conference in the US.
In my presentation ‘A Life of Unlearning – from Gay Shame to Gay Pride’, I cover four themes.
- Scripture resolution process – for LGBTQ people from strongly biblically-based churches, one of the major sources of conflict are the six passages that speak of same-sex activity. It is important to not only understand the historical and cultural contexts of these isolated passages but also the cognitive process that enables us to find resolution.
- Belief resolution options – when your Christian belief system is challenged, many people feel there are only two options; accept or reject. I present 10 different options.
- Sexuality resolution process – why is coming out for many LGBTQ people from Christian backgrounds so difficult? Does acceptance of your sexuality solve the problems? How do you know when you have arrived?
- PTSD and strategies of management – it is not uncommon for LGBTQ from Christian backgrounds to have experienced some level of trauma. This trauma can simply trigger a variety of subconscious and conscious responses whilst others develop complex PTSD. In this section, I share 14 strategies I’ve used to manage my PTSD.
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