The following resources track both sides of the LGBT debate for parents. Of particular note is that many of these are produced by students in their 20’s. I’ll try to give a brief summary next to each one.
Two resources that serve as bookends to the discussion are Washed and Waiting and Torn. What makes these books a compelling read is that they’re both written by younger guys who grew up in a solid Christian family and a healthy environment. They take two very different sides as they work through the excruciating effort of ‘coming out,’ and searching scripture. Wesley Hill decides to remain celibate while Justin Lee interprets scripture to allow him to move forward in a same sex relationship.
Need help loving someone who is gay or lesbian? Andrew Martin remains conservative in his interpretation of scripture but refuses to let truth get in the way of loving the LGBT community. He’s written a good book entitled, Love Is An Orientation. He’s living and working in a gay community, has started a foundation and pours his life out to help as many as possible.
Many of our college students are reading Matthew Vines (pictured below). He got big time attention when a YouTube went viral. Here’s one and even if you watch just 2 minutes, you’ll note how young he is and how soberly and seriously he approaches the subject. I believe he stretches scriptural interpretation way too far in order to fit his preference but it’s important to notice his work.
Finally, here’s a fantastic resource. Laurie Krieg is a happily married Christian young woman who struggles with same sex attraction. She’s a tremendous thinker and handles the scripture with great care. Her blog offers great insight and can be a pivotal discussion tool for you to use with high school and college students.