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Last Updated: 25-Mar-2017 10:49
In recent years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people have become much more visible in pop culture and media. LGBTQ young people and their coming out journeys are represented in youth-focused programming such as TV series Glee, Awkward, and The Fosters. Even YouTube celebrity Connor Franta has come out as a young gay man, disappointing his considerable female following. Despite the seemingly widespread acceptance of many out LGBTQ1 people, from Ellen Degeneres to Michael Sam, the public conversation about LGBTQ youth in religious spaces remains tumultuous at best. Many of these discussions have focused on issues like the ethics of religiously-based conversion therapy for young people, and of course, endless discussions about sacred texts.