One Strike, You’re Out

Sometimes, if you’re LGB or T, you can’t even play ball.

In fact, in Memphis, a women’s softball team has been told by Bellevue Baptist Church they have to forfeit all their games because their coach admits she’s a lesbian. That’s just how serious lots of church folks take the matter of sexual orientation.

Of course, we know that in a women’s softball league there is more than one player, or coach, who is a lesbian. I mean, come on. But the other teams, and players, are keeping quiet.

Jana Jacobsen, the coach who admits she is “athletic” in appearance, says she got frustrated when questioned by church officials about her “lifestyle.” She finally said, “I am going to be clear. I am gay, and I find all of this to be absurd and against the word of God as I know it.”

Thank you, Jana Jacobsen. I salute you for being unwilling to hide yourself just so others can maintain their prejudices, and even more because you are so clear about God.

I am sure Coach Jesus is glad you are on his team.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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