Podcast Episode 11: Queer, Christian, and Latina

The eleventh episode of the Symposium Ethics Podcast is the second in our special series of conversations #QueerAndChristian. The introductory essay that explains the rationale for this series can be found here. In this episode, Rev. Dr. Jermaine McDonald, managing editor of Symposium Ethics, chats with Jessica Vazquez Torres, an anti-racism activist for CrossRoads Anti-racism Organizing and Training, about her experiences being Queer, Christian, and Latina.


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Jessica Vazquez Torres on Coming Out to Her Family

I felt like a fraud. These people at home were my folks; they were my rock. These were the people who had seen me through everything. And for the first time in my life I felt like I couldn’t trust that … they could theologically find the wherewithal to love me. … I never doubted my parents’ love, but I certainly knew the power of the theology and the power of the epistemological lenses that they were using to look at the world. And I knew that that was going to consistently push them on their capacity to love me.

Show Notes

  1. CrossRoads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training aims to dismantle systemic racism and build anti-racist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities. Find out more here.
  2. Jessica Vazquez Torres has a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, a Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Though she may be tempted, she has no further plans for more formal education.
  3. The intro music is entitled “Without You” and can be found at www.freestockmusic.com. Direct link here.
  4. The outro music is “Down at the Salsa Club” and can be found at www.freestockmusic.com. Direct link here.

Jermaine M. McDonald

Dr. Jermaine M. McDonald is co-founder and editor of Symposium Ethics. He completed his PhD in Ethics and Society at Emory University in the Spring of 2015. Jermaine researches interesting convergences between race, religion, and politics with the aim of analyzing how various groups bring their religious ideas of the common good to bear in U.S. society.

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