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Impossible subjects: LGBTIQ experiences in Australian pentecostal-charismatic churches

Jennings, M. (2018) Impossible subjects: LGBTIQ experiences in Australian pentecostal-charismatic churches. Religions, 9 (2). p. 53.

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This paper is the product of in-depth interviews with 20 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) people who identify, or formerly identified, as members of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christian (PCC) churches. Interviewees typically found themselves confronted with a number of choices (not necessarily mutually exclusive): remain closeted, come out but commit to remaining celibate, undergo “SOCE” (Sexual Orientation Conversion Efforts) therapy, or leave. Most left their churches, often after agonising attempts to reconcile their faith and their sexuality. Several of the practices adopted by Australian PCC churches exclude LGBTIQ people from full participation in their own congregations, rendering them “impossible subjects.” Australian Pentecostalism’s surprisingly egalitarian history, wherein the spiritually authorised ministry of women was both recognised and celebrated, suggests another, more inclusive way forward in regard to this vexed issue.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: MDPI
Copyright: © 2018 MDPI AG
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