About

We are Queer at Patrick Henry College. This is a collaborative blog produced by several Patrick Henry College (PHC) students, current and former. We have varying opinions and beliefs, but one thing we share in common is our desire to help and encourage other Patrick Henry College students, current and former, in any way that we can.

We are not officially affiliated with Patrick Henry College, and Patrick Henry College does not endorse QueerPHC.

As of the start of this blog we are all anonymous contributors to this community, some for personal reasons, some for family/friend reasons, some for professional reasons, and some for a combination of the above.

Patrick Henry College maintains a requirement of non-advocacy for enrolled students in regards to LGBTQ issues, but those issues are near and dear to many of us. This blog has been created as a way for us to express our opinions and thoughts on LGBTQ related topics.

Over time we hope to have posts ranging from general social commentary to specific news related commentary to book reviews to personal testimony and encouragement.

Patrick Henry College does not offer courses in Queer Studies, Sex Ed, or Gender Equality. However, these are issues that are of pressing importance in our culture today and are of importance to us personally. We hope to use this blog to provide information on those topics that are taboo at PHC.

If any of our readers have questions or are interested in contributing to this blog, please feel free to contact us at queerphc@gmail.com. We grant complete anonymity to our contributors (unless you wish to have your real name used.)

And be sure to check out our Tumblr at qphc.tumblr.com and our Twitter at twitter.com/queerphc

15 thoughts on “About

  1. I live in Loudoun. I am straight, but my dear son is gay. I’m very glad to see this site and will be glad to do what I can to lend support to your collective or individual efforts.

    • Thank you, Martha! Because of our collective backgrounds, hearing from a parent who is supportive of their LGBTQ child warms our hearts.

  2. I don’t know if I know any of you, but I hope I do. After deconverting, I understand a little of what you’re feeling, though for some reason I can’t quite understand many Christians don’t even judge outright apostasy as harshly as they do homosexuality.

    You’re doing good work, and you have my support.

    • Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the support. We appreciate it.

      Yes, that and similar things have long puzzled me about many Christians, but then few people are every accused of always making sense.

      I can’t say that I really understand your choice to deconvert, but I do respect it and you for examining what you believe and making your own choice rather than just blindly following what you were taught, even if you did come to a different conclusion than I did.

  3. I was just curious if you all were going to present some argumentation either theological, legal, or philosophical to back up your claims. Given your target audience, flat assertion or emotional appeals really aren’t going to be that effective.

    • Especially for someone like me who rejects the demonization so often presented by evangelicals, but whose philosophical beliefs (influenced by early church theology), particularly in regards to gnosticism and human nature, make acceptance of queerphc’s message an unloving act on my part.

      • Hi Matthew,

        Thanks for reading the blog. We do have limited plans to present “some argumentation” in the future; however, that is not really the purpose of this blog. Contrary to some of the commentary about us that has been going around, we did not create this blog to facilitate discussion or convince people that we are correct. We certainly do hope that our blog sparks discussion among others as we are supporters of open discussion, especially about this topic, and, of course, we hope that people do come to agree with us. We did not create the blog for those who might be looking for a debate or to convince others of the correctness of our position. We created it to give a voice to a group of PHCers that have long been silenced. We created it so that other PHCers would not have to feel alone or hopeless like we sometimes did because of our isolation at PHC.

        As we are, hopefully, able to openly identify with the blog in the future, we do plan on telling our own stories, and give our own reasons and arguments for why we believe being LGBTQ is completely compatible with being Christian. In the meantime we do have some limited plans to present some basic arguments on the topic, so keep an eye out for those. There is a lot of literature out there, both on the internet and in books, that present many of the different arguments on the issue, and I’m sure if you are interested, a PHC alumni like yourself could find them without much difficulty.

  4. This blog is great. I am middle aged, straight and have friends who are LGBTQ. Everything should be questioned and everyone is valuable. The narrow minds of fundamentalism, in any form or any religious context need to be challenged and opened. This is another way to have that effect.

  5. “Patrick Henry College maintains a requirement of non-advocacy for enrolled students in regards to LGBTQ issues, but those issues are near and dear to many of us. This blog has been created as a way for us to express our opinions and thoughts on LGBTQ related topics.”

    Do those of your contributors who are current students believe that participating in this blog is, before God, entirely respectful of the campus rules, a lawful authority which (you tell us) they are required to obey as a condition of being a student?

    Or is the freedom to express one’s thoughts and opinions more important than the requirement to keep one’s promises?

    • It obviously comes down to a matter of conscious. We created the blog to give voice to those that have been silenced and hurt by anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies, and to counter the lies and misconceptions that are spread about LGBTQ people. Should we keep silent when ourselves and others are being hurt? Which is the greater moral obligation: to keep silent and obey the rules, or to speak out for ourselves and others who have been and are falsely maligned?

      • What would Jesus do?

        “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:23)

        I suggest you are pursuing vindication in the eyes of the world, when vindication the eyes of God (which you believe you will get) should be enough. Keeping silent _is_ the right thing in some circumstances – after all, Jesus did it.

        Despite what Oprah, Jerry and friends would tell us, the “right to speak our mind” is not absolute. Christians do not believe that “the end justifies the means”. If godliness and holiness is what you are pursuing, and it should be, then you should keep your promises – or not make them in the first place. Once people have left PHC and are no longer bound by that promise, then that’s different. (Other issues do come into play, but let’s not derail this discussion.)

        • Speaking up about injustice is not retaliating. Sometimes silence is the right thing, and sometimes speaking out is the right thing. Jesus spoke out a lot more than He kept silent. If this were simply an issue of personal attack, then I might agree with you, but there are literally kids that kill themselves because of the lies and ignorance that is put forth by so many Christians on this issue. To keep silent is to silently endorse/support that evil. What would Jesus do indeed?

          • That appears to be the “think of the children” argument, which is of course irrefutable in contemporary debate. I have no option but to concede the entire argument and retire defeated.

  6. I am genuinely puzzled as to why an advocate for the acceptance of homosexuality and the respective legal privileges/rights would choose PHC when there are hundreds of other schools that would embrace your views and support your causes and give you a platform and a community of like minded people. Given the way verdicts, policies, and popular culture’s views are trending, it is the Christians who take the biblical view of homosexuality who will be regularly denounced, sued, and vilified for their views and punished for faith based business practices. Homosexual advocates are winning the present cultural war. Do you see yourself as a kind of missionary actively trying to persuade Christians to discount their faith in the Bible as God’s word on the topic of sexuality? Perhaps you see yourselves as “spies” in the enemy camp? You went in knowing you were lying about the non-advocacy policy. Doesn’t that bother your conscience? I’m not trying to be pugnacious here — I am truly curious, puzzled, and concerned as a mom. My son is considering PHC, and I’m wondering what it’s really what Ferris claims it is.

    Thank you.

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