Resources

Hello,

I wanted to share a list of resources that have helped me in my life to be able to process the subject matter presented in Good People. Like Lucas, I grew up gay in a Christian home that did not affirm who I was a person. As a result, I started to experience suicidal ideation beginning at 13 years old and continued to have severe mental health battles throughout my teen years where I wanted to kill myself nearly every day. Even into my 20's, I have had to deal with the scars of what I went through as a young teenager. Through my own interrogation of the homophobic messages being sent to me, as well as therapy and engaging in healthy community, I was able to overcome the struggles I went through during that time of my life, and I am now in a better place as an adult.

The following are just a handful of links for those who would be interested in examining the intersection of queerness and Christianity further. There are countless more resources out there than what I have listed here; this is what has come to mind from my experience.

Q Christian Fellowship (formerly known as The Gay Christian Network)
https://www.qchristian.org/

Generous Space Ministries - Canadian organization. Highly recommend Dr. Wendy VanderWal-Gritter's book "Generous Spaciousness: Responding to Gay Christians in the Church"
https://www.generousspace.ca/

Soulforce
https://www.soulforce.org/

Canyonwalker Connections - highly recommend Kathy Baldock's book "Walking The Bridgeless Canyon"
http://canyonwalkerconnections.com/

OutChristian
https://www.outchristian.com/

The Reformation Project - highly recommend Matthew Vines' "God and the Gay Christian"
https://reformationproject.org/

Justin Lee - highly recommend Justin Lee's book "Torn"
http://geekyjustin.com/


I would also be remiss if I did not include mental health resources, including sites for crisis lines. Please do not feel ashamed to call a crisis line. I've called a crisis line before due to mental health issues and the call ended up being a positive experience for me that helped me get through the day. Reflecting on my past experiences, there have been many times where I would have benefited from calling a crisis line and did not.

The Trevor Project
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Crisis Services Canada
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/

Kids Help Phone
https://kidshelpphone.ca/

As a Calgarian myself, I would like to take a moment to also mention the Skipping Stone Foundation as a local-to-me organization working with trans and gender diverse folks. While my project does not explore trans identity, I wanted to highlight this organization regardless.

Skipping Stone Foundation
https://www.skippingstone.ca/

Thank you for taking the time to review this small list of resources and I hope you have found something that will help you here.

~Bryan Sandberg

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