Sodom and Gomorrah, 2019

In OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, I stick to gender and don’t rehearse arguments about “homosexuality in the Bible.” Instead, I list a few trusted resources in Appendix A for folk who want to explore those aspects. Queer Theology is one of those trusted resources.

The idea that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is about the “sin of homosexuality” is another great example of how we have been bamboozled by an anti-OtherWise empire.  If you’ve heard people use “sodomite” or “Sodom and Gomorrah” as a weapon, it can be quite liberating to go back to the biblical text to see what it actually says.

This morning, Father Shay Kearns and Mr Brian Murphy released a Sunday morning podcast at Queer Theology, talking about this story. Genesis 18:20-32 is one of the lectionary passages for this week. In just 11 minutes, Shay and Brian read the text and explore connections to justice and injustice, the death penalty and incarceration, and how God changes God’s mind to be more just and merciful. The provide a downloadable audio podcast as well as a transcript for accessibility.

If you are eager for more affirming resources on “homosexuality in the Bible,” Queer Theology also has a 7-day email series that you can sign-up for:

We put together a 7-Day series offering you the very best support and guidance so that you can know and believe that God loves and affirm LGBTQ people (our bodies and sexualities most definitely included).


Shay and Brian have been releasing lectionary based podcast episodes at Queer Theology since 2013! You can review them sequentially or by Biblical passage or by theme. They have a great index of their work. To be honest, I still have a lot to catch up on!

Queer Theology has a paid membership model, where you can get access to even more content, but they give a lot of content away for free (including the weekly lectionary-based podcast and the 7-day email series).

Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige on July 28, 2019.

Note: This blog is intended to be an on-going work in progress. Please contact us if you have corrections or are able to contribute further context or reflections.

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