Chick-Fil-A Controversy Sparks New LGBTQ Blog
Owldolatrous Press to provide uplifting, humanist perspective on LGBTQ Issues
September 25, 2012, Orange County, CA.... Buoyed by a recent surge in popularity, Owldolatrous Press launched today a new blog to provide a religious and humanist perspective on LGBTQ issues. With inspiring and personal essays rooted in reason and spirituality, Owldolatrous Press will be an oasis for people who seek positive, validating, and values-based conversations about issues that affect LGBTQ people and their allies.
“Owldolatrous Press is a journal of analysis and inspiration for LGBTQ people and their friends, an uplifting new home for those seeking a respite from antagonism and superficiality with a few moments of gentle persuasion, encouragement, and healing for the soul,” said Owldolatrous Press founder Wayne Self.
Owldolatrous Press was born out of Self’s personal blog. When a post that offered a calm, personal, and thoughtful approach to the Chick-Fil-A controversy (http://www.owldolatrous.com/?p=288) received over a million page views, Self realized LGBTQ people and their allies were thirsty for a refreshing voice. Owldolatrous Press was thus launched with a goal of informing and entertaining while helping people from all walks of life remember their common values.
Owldolatrous Press will target LGBTQ people and allies, progressive followers of religion, and people interested in engaging with LGBTQ issues in a gentle and understanding way. Upcoming posts include:
- Self’s coverage of ongoing developments in the Chick-fil-A controversy, including the company’s recent mixed messages about negotiations to enter the Chicago market;
- A provocative essay on male privilege from a transgender man who was without it and then gained it;
- A moving piece on “lifetime pets,” the animals that come into our lives at just the right moment and change us forever;
- Interviews with independent musicians and artists that address issues of interest to LGBTQ people; and
- A serialized “Deist science fiction” tale of adventures in an afterlife where people don’t stop being people just because they died in faith.
Regular contributors to Owldolatrous Press will include:
- Ty Bradley, Latino pastor of a gay evangelical church in Orange County, CA;
- Madelyn Boudreaux, queer goth photographer living in the heart of Mormon country;
- Patrick Ryan, a hospital chaplain at Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh, Scotland;
- Michael Baugh, animal behavior specialist and regular guest on Fox 26 Houston;
- New Orleans area folk singers John and Tanya Voorhees; and
- African-American Science fiction author Hank Cannon.
Owdolatrous Press can be read at: http://www.owldolatrous.com/.
About Wayne Self
Wayne Self is a Huffington Post blogger, GLAAD media partner, and religious composer whose plays and musicals explore the spiritual lives of people who live outside of society’s prescribed gender expectations. A native of Louisiana who was raised Southern Baptist, he is now a progressive Christian, having studied religion at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley and served as a music director and performer for decades at churches across the political spectrum, from Southern Baptist to Metropolitan Community Churches.