Gay Christian author-activist to speak Wednesday at UNC Charlotte

Matthew Vines
Matthew Vines

Matthew Vines, a gay evangelical Christian who has argued for more churches to accept gays and lesbians, will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday (April 8) at UNC Charlotte’s Student Union Theater. The event is free.

His topic: “God and the Gay Christian.” That’s also the title of his book, in which he makes a biblical case for the support of same-sex relationships.

In 2012, Vines delivered a talk at a church in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, about the Bible and homosexuality. In it, he called for the acceptance of gay Christians and their same-sex marriages. The video was viewed 500,000 times on YouTube, and was featured in the New York Times.

Two years ago, Vines launched “The Reformation Project,” a nonprofit group that trains LGBT Christians and their allies on reforming church teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Vines’ appearance at UNC Charlotte is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center. Tim Funk