In the spring of 2009, I was ordained as an interfaith minister. Shortly, after I was ordained, I received a telephone call from the President of GAAMC, a gay organization in New Jersey. Some years before, I had served on the Board of Directors of GAAMC. When I had served on the board, I had repeatedly raised the issue of homeless gay and lesbian youth.
The reason the President called me was because the day before he had received a frantic telephone call concerning a teenage boy, a minor, who was being kicked out of his house by his parents with just the clothes on his back, solely because he was gay.
The President called me to ask for my help. During that conversation, I proposed leading some discussions and writing some articles for GAAMC on the issue of sexual orientation and religion. The purpose of the discussions and articles would be so that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersexed (LGBTI) or queer community and their allies would have a resource with which to educate others and to put an end to the religious based hate the LGBTI community experiences.
The proposed articles for GAAMC have grown in a series of articles that are being published on a website devoted to just this series.