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Healing Through Learning

A few weeks ago, Renato was my guest where we talked about his book. This interview is about his personal life and how a sentence said by a professor haunted him through his life. Through learning and a few meaningful experiences he found his way towards healing.

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LINKS TO THE BOOKS RENATO WROTE:
(we didn’t want to give big companies the benefit of putting their link here, so we are giving a general link and encourage you to find alternative bookstores to rather support them)  
Holy Censorship or Mistranslation? Love, Gender and Sexuality in the Bible  
Love Lost in Translation – Homosexuality and the Bible

LGBT+, Disability, and Me (Being Lesbian and Having a Disability)

Fighting discrimination against LGBT+ people, we often forget that there is discrimination even within the LGBT+ spaces. There are people living on the intersectionality of different identities that are out of our vision. Sometimes it is important to stop and look around and identify is some being left out. There are topics we need to discuss and one of those is being LGBT+ and living with a disability. Adding to that, we are often oblivious to the challenges they are facing and how the Bible is often used to dehumanise them and treat them as not being whole. Their LGBT+ identity is adding to their impression that wholeness is even more out of their reach. What was it like to grow up with a disability in a faith community? What can faith communities and groups do to make a better job in including people with disability? How do we approach the topic of disability? How can we do better? These and other questions I  discussed with Sian Jones.  

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BOOKS AND OTHER LINKS:
The God I Love by Joni Eareckson Tada
The Disabled God by Nancy Eiseland
LGBT + disabled organisation

Being a Refugee, Black, Trans and Muslim (and Still Aware of My Privileges)

How is it to live on the intersection of so many identities? Farah tells us her story of leaving her homeland to find a life without discrimination. Still, with all her identities it is hard to avoid it. Still, even with all the discrimination and challenges she tells us about her blessings and awareness of having privilege in some aspects. It is an encouraging story of finding a new life, new hope and using past experiences to help others around the world.

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Being Orthodox – The Challenges and Possibilities for LGBT+ Inclusion

It has been long due to talk on the Priceless Podcast from the Orthodox perspective. Natallia Vasillevich is an Orthodox theologian and considers herself to be part of the LGBT+ identity. With her words, if you cant find a letter for her, she is the +. Through her personal story, she tells us about her journey of discovering herself in a very gender defined world and what she discovered in Orthodoxy for herself. She also talks about what it means to be a LGBT+ person in the Orthodox church, what the challenges are, but also the possibilities.

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Polyamory – Courage to Embrace What God has Joined Together

Polyamory is still an obscure topic. When meeting someone polyamorous we might be scared to ask questions because they can sound weird and clumsy. I’m happy to have had two guests who were willing to answer all those weird and clumsy questions. Being polyamorous, they were open to share their own stories, as well as challenges, joys, hopes…

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LINKS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR BOOKS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH:
An online resource (and a book) about non-monogamy and polyamory by Franklin Veaux & Eve Rickert.  

‘Attached’ by Rachel Heller & Amir Levine, a book about attachment styles, how they work, how they originate and how they can be handled with sensitivity and compassion.  

Polyamory Weekly, a podcast by Cunning Minx.  

The Ethical Slut, A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love. A book by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy.  

Multiamory podcast teaching communication and providing good and novel advice to better understand and handle relationships 

Book “Polysecure” that helps to navigate consensual non-monogamy with the help of attachment theory   

Free webinars of Jessica Fern, author of “Polysecure” that address emotions, triggers, transition from monogamy to polyamory   

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Being Asexual – Strangers in a World of Eroticism Short (The Invisible Letter A)

Many letters of the LGBT+ acronym are still invisible. One of them is the letter A for Asexuality or As*. It is time to make people who identify with this letter more visible. Here is the beginning of including them and hearing one story but also information that helps us to better understand what this letter stands for and what it means. But this isn’t just about Asexuality as we learn also more about what it means to be Aromantic. As with many letters A is not just invisible, but there are also misconceptions that my guest is trying to dismantle. Enjoy.

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LINKS TO THE TOPIC:
AVEN – Asexual Visibility and Education Network
Arocalypse
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Podcasts:
“A OK” and “Sounds fake but ok”

BOOKS:
Angela Chen: Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex
Julie Sondra Decker: The Invisible Orientation  

HAPPENINGS:
Ace Week – Last week of october
Aro Week – End of Feburary
International Asexuality Conference

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AZE JOURNAL

Coming Out of a Mixed-Orientation Marriage Part 1 (Getting in, Through and Out)

Being in a mixed-orientation marriage is hard. It comes with many consequences. It affects your psychological, but also physical health. Arno, Carol and Mihael share their experience of why they got married, their process of divorce and life after. Even today, people are in marriages with a person they are not physically and/or romantically attracted to. So, is there life after being in a mixed-orientation marriage and divorce?

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Priceless Host – Who Is The Host?

Once upon a time, there was a guest (Carol Shepherd) who wanted to interview the Host of The Priceless Podcast. It finally happened and you can listen to the result. Mihael was asking so many questions, listening to so many personal stories, it was time for him to spill the T. He is talking about his personal journey as well as the motivation for this podcast and how it all came to be.

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Gay Pastor – Losing My Religion (A Journey Rarely Talked About)

We heard many journeys of people who were my guests about how they reconciled their sexuality and gender identity with faith. This is a different journey, one that took my guest from being a pastor to a life where faith doesn’t play a big role anymore. Though it is a topic often feard by people of faith, deconstruction of faith, becoming agnostic or even atheist is not uncommon. What better place to tackle it than the Priceless Podcast!

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Living with HIV – It Doesn’t Make Me a Lesser Human Being

HIV has been around for a while. Though we came a long way in fighting this virus and having it is not a “death sentence” anymore, we still live with the images of suffering and people dying of AIDS. The stigma and judgement of people who are HIV positive remains. My guest dealt with the topic of HIV for 15 years. When he contracted HIV, he knew he wanted to live what he preached.

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I was diagnosed with HIV 5 years ago, which has been an interesting journey.
I teach at the university here in Leeds. I teach issues in relation to gender and sexuality.
The part of the Netherlands where I grew up was basically defined by conservative forms of Dutch Protestantism, Calvinism, the Dutch Reformed church. That defined my youth, my upbringing.

Being diagnosed with HIV was an interesting combination of different parts of my biography. I had been working on issues of HIV in my academic work in the past 15 years. While I studied, I was a visiting student in South Africa. I was a visiting student as part of a master program for Theology and HIV/AIDS. At that time the HIV epidemic was in South Africa at its top level. I did a lot of voluntary work for people with HIV. So that was my first exposure to the realities of the HIV epidemic. I ended up writing my masters dissertation on theology and HIV in South Africa. Somehow it was an irony that 10 years later I was diagnosed with HIV myself. This was the moment of truth for me. If I was really serious about fighting the stigma of HIV then it was now time to do that myself.

I had a wonderful social environment with my partner and a few friends with who I shared this news and who were really supportive. That helped me combined with the basic medical knowledge I had that HIV is not a life-threatening disease. When I started taking my medication, I realised that I had to take this medication for the rest of my life which was kind of weird to realise.

HIV made me much more aware of my body. Of having one and the vulnerability of my body. I realised that I wasn’t going to allow this virus to take over my body and to take over my well-being. The most difficult step was to disclose it to my immediate family, to my parents, to my siblings. I don’t really care what other people think about me having HIV or if they have issues with it, but I did care how my immediate family would take it.

I’m proud of deciding to stick to the principles, to the stuff I believe in. I do believe that living with HIV is not a problem medically speaking, but also kind of morally speaking. Living with HIV doesn’t say anything about who I am. But the way I decided how to live with HIV does say something about who I am.

In the end, I would love to see a world where no one is stigmatised for who they are or how they decide to live their lives. I want to see a world where no one is being judged for the decisions they made.

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LINKS ADRIAAN SUGGESTED:
Adriaan’s book: Kenyan, Christian, Queer https://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-08380-3.html
– This website includes some good, helpful basic information about HIV and the medical issues around it: https://www.tht.org.uk/hiv-and-sexual-health
– This website offers lots of support to people living with HIV (it’s a UK based organisation, and of course there will be similar organisations in other countries): https://positivelyuk.org/
– This website is specifically about faith and living with HIV: http://www.positivefaith.net/church-community-and-hiv.html