09:23, January 13 126 0

2019-01-13 09:23:06

 

Finally, there’s a dating app in the works for LGBT Christians (yes, really)

Although it hasn’t launched yet, Believr is a social app aimed at “an LGBT+ Christian dating community.” That may sound contradictory considering the Bible’s passages condemning homosexuality, but the Christian LGBT community is larger than you might think and Believr could accomplish positive cultural change by helping unite it.

According to a 2017 Gallup poll, approximately 4.5 percent of people identify as LGBT. Of those people, roughly 44 percent to 55 percent identify as Christian. That means anywhere between 6.9 or 8.7 million LGBT Americans identify as Christian — roughly the entire population of New York City or double that of Los Angeles.

It makes sense that an app would want to connect this sizable community. Grindr and Scruff probably aren’t ideal venues for religious queers seeking long-term relationships with people of similar faiths.

Believr’s website states that it wishes to help queer Christians “form a lasting relationship by uncovering your personal values” and helping them connect with others who share those values.

It’ll be interesting, however, to see which values the app will accommodate: Will it accept queer Christians seeking hookups, kink or polyamory, for instance? Will it allow atheists, spiritualists and non-Christians to join?

We’ve asked these questions, as well as what the app’s creators make of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, the two Old Testament Bible verses calling man-on-man sex an “abomination” worthy of death. We will update this story as soon as they respond.

Related: She tricked anti-gay Christians into donating cash to an LGBT event. Now she’s paying the price.

For now, Believr has a booth at Love Undivided: The 2019 Q Christian Conference in Chicago, which is happening this weekend. The conference’s breakout sessions include discussions around what it means to “Love thy neighbor” in these divisive times, sexual ethics and healing, as well as discussions about how non-white, bisexual, trans and intersex people figure into the church’s history.

It remains to be seen what Believr will offer its users. But apart from mere dating, connecting LGBT Christians could also help reform the church, making it more welcoming to LGBT people over the long term and possibly even changing how the LGBT community sees people of faith altogether.

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