Unnatural began as a research project for my Master of Social Work degree at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. I was wrestling with my own questions about whether or not my church was a healthy place for me to stay after I came out as lesbian. I wondered how others have navigated conflict around being queer and Christian.
I began to explore the experiences of other queer women from non-affirming Christian environments who had a current meaningful spiritual life. Specifically, I studied how and why they held onto their faith after the church had promoted very negative ideas about homosexuality. Their stories were inspiring, heart-breaking, and profound.
Unnatural: Spiritual Resiliency in Queer Christian Women is a compilation of research, interviews, and memoir, an exploration of the experiences of women who have fought to hold onto their faith and the personal growth they experienced along the way.