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Bridget Eileen Rivera is a writer, speaker, and educator completing her doctoral studies in sociology. She engages in public advocacy related to faith, gender, and sexuality, challenging the church to do better in its inclusion of LGBTQ people. Her first book, Heavy Burdens (Brazos Press, expected 2021), unpacks the legacy of LGBTQ discrimination in the church, helping Christians to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ people within Christianity and guiding readers to consider the tough questions necessary in charting a new path for the church.

As a Christian born and raised in the homeschool evangelical community, Bridget loves the church deeply and hopes to see it become a place where every member of the family of God can truly thrive. She runs a popular blog at www.meditationsofatravelingnun.com, where she engages issues touching faith, gender, and sexuality. You can learn more about Bridget’s personal journey navigating faith, gender, and sexuality on her blog or follow her on Twitter @TravelingNun.

Upcoming Book

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Religious faith reduces suicidality for virtually every American demographic except one: LGBTQ people. Tragically, the church’s long history of prioritizing heterosexuality above other expressions of human sexuality has left entire generations of LGBTQ people desolate, hopeless, and even dead. It’s past time the church confronted the ongoing and devastating impact of this legacy.

Heavy Burdens (Brazos Press, expected 2021) provides an honest account of the ways in which LGBTQ people experience discrimination in the church, helping Christians face the tragic reality of this legacy and empowering churches to navigate a better path forward. Debate over competing approaches to LGBTQ issues is at an all-time high, and it will only increase in the coming years. It’s past time that LGBTQ Christians and their allies had a resource to inform and educate fellow believers on the real-world impact of this debate.

Start reading the book’s introduction to learn more.  

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