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Christian. Lesbian. PhDing. Celibate & Unashamed. Orthodox Theology for the Liberated Christian. Check out my book:↙️
31 Mar
LGBTQ people experience some of the highest rates of medical discrimination in the country. When we experience illness, many believe we deserve to be sick & die.

And now it’s legal in Arkansas to deny us ANY healthcare service on the grounds of “moral conscience.”
The only qualifier in this bill is that doctors must provide care in the case of an “emergency.” This is laughable, as the vast majority of healthcare services—many if not most of which are lifesaving—do not fall under the category of “emergency.”
Some argue that the bill does not name LGBTQ people explicitly, so it’s not actually targeting LGBTQ people. Again, this is laughable. We all know what demographics this law is going to be used against the most. Laws like these in the US *always* target LGBTQ people and women.
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30 Mar
I’m gay & celibate & can honestly say that celibacy has been a life-giving experience for me. Gay celibacy is not inherently toxic.

But here’s the thing: When you tell gay ppl they *must* be celibate or else go to hell, you are not preaching the Gospel. You are preaching death.
Celibacy is life-giving, for gay ppl as well straight, when discovered in the *midst* of relationship with Jesus Christ, not as a condition to be in relationship with Jesus in the first place.
No one’s salvation hinges on what we do, think, or believe a/b gender & sexuality. If it did, none of us would go to heaven. “He who is w/o sin, cast the first stone.” If you think your theology on gender & sexuality is perfect, you’re in for a surprise when you get to heaven.
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11 Mar
1. White progressives going at Jesus for being “racist” toward the Syrophoenician woman is peak 2021.

News flash. “Racist” Jesus isn’t a thing.
2. The claim centers on the story of the Syrophoenician woman begging Jesus to cast a demon out of her daughter. Jesus responds, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs” (Mk 7:27).

What’s going on here? Is Jesus being a racist a**hole?
3. The Bible is a piece of literature as much as it is a historical document. Pay attention to the structure of the Gospel of Mark and it becomes pretty clear what’s going on.
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22 Feb
The idea that rape is a product of “sexual temptation” stems from a toxic relationship to sexuality.
If you believe that sexual attraction is an overwhelming animal urge that requires a Herculean level of self-control granted only by prayer and spiritual maturity, then it’s easy to believe that ppl (in particular cisgender men) are constantly on the verge of raping other ppl.
In this worldview, *not* raping ppl becomes a virtue unto itself. If sexual attraction is always & only ever compelling people to sexually devour each other, then *not* raping ppl is a sign of self-control!
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5 Feb
“How can you be gay & celibate & not inherently self-hating?”

I get asked this question a LOT. People assume that the only reason a gay person would be celibate is internalized homophobia.

But they’re wrong.
Gay people can be celibate for all kinds of reasons.

Maybe they just don’t like sex very much and don’t particularly want to have it. Yes, it’s possible to have a sex drive and experience sexual attraction but still not enjoy having sex.
Or maybe they’re just asexual and don’t experience sexual attraction in the first place. Yes, gay people can be asexual and asexual people can be gay.
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18 Nov 20
I’m celibate. I follow historic Christian teaching on sexual ethics by default. Straight people who practice contraceptive sex don’t.
A lot of ppl get angry when I make this observation. They feel like they’re being judged. Like I’m telling them that they’re living in sin just for having sex with someone they love. That’s interesting, because it reminds of how gay ppl feel.
To be clear, I’m NOT saying that you’re living in sin for having contraceptive sex with your spouse, so no worries. I don’t think you’re living in sin! Birth control is a human right, & denying access to contraceptives leads to horrendous abuses, most often toward women.
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12 Sep 20
“If you don’t vote in this election it’s because you’re a selfish, privileged elite who can’t understand the needs of the oppressed.”

This is a bald-faced lie fabricated (ironically) by political elites in order to bully other ppl into voting. [thread]
First,

The older richer & whiter you are the more likely you are to vote. There’s a multitude of reasons for this but most pertinent is that ppl are more likely to feel represented by our two-party political system if they are older richer & whiter. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Second,

Non-voters are more likely to be poor, less educated, and non-white. Surveys of low-income and POC citizens report high levels of voter disengagement due to feeling unrepresented in politics and the belief that voting won’t make a difference.

nytimes.com/2019/11/07/ups…
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24 Aug 20
Have you wept over the death of someone killed by the police in your immediate circle?
I have.
Have you stared into the haunted eyes of a child whose father/mother/family was arrested last night?
I have.
Have you wiped the tears of a young person whose father is sitting in prison?
I have.
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18 Jul 20
This is a huge problem I’ve noticed at BLM protests. White ppl expressing outsized rage (which really doesn’t make sense...their job is to be the allies not to be the angry ones) & POCs tasked with reigning them in.
At many protests I’ve attended, white people are the ones shouting things like “fuck the police” while POCs are the ones trying to get more positive messages out and gaining traction, eg: chanting “This is what community looks like”
I’ve also seen white people interfere in conversations between POCs, as the cop in the video described, when that is just not their place to do.
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26 Jun 20
“I was a druglord & gangbanger...”

“I was sleeping around w/ men just playing the whore....”

“I was a homosexual sex addict....”

“...UNTIL I FOUND JESUS.”

Few things do more to reinforce dominant cultural pathologies than the Christian Testimony™
The function of these types of testimonies is to reinforce things like racism, sexism, and homophobia while simultaneously exoticizing the “sinful lifestyle” to make the person’s present-day self-righteousness look “cool”
Those w/ power appropriate the stories of people like this and turn them into ornamental “proofs” that the straight, white, cisgender, middle-class way of life w/ men in charge is the “Christian Life” & the only way your life should look after Jesus
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21 Jun 20
Abortion in America is racist. Set aside the pro-life v. pro-choice debate for a minute and sit in that reality. Abortion is racist. Let’s talk about why. [Thread]
The white feminist movement excluded the needs of women of color from the get-go. White women wanted the freedom to work outside the home. Women of color had *been* working outside the home for generations.
White feminism started from the premise that women needed liberation from the family. It never considered that women of color had *never* been given the freedom to be home in the first place...to focus exclusively on the needs of their family without working *all day long*
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12 May 20
“Why do you get judged for gay sex if you’re celibate?”

The reason is that Christians see sex when they see gays. Plain and simple. When I walk into a cons. church I might as well have “gay sex” tattooed to my forehead. They see THIS and not me.
And if you think it’s my fault for identifying as gay, think again. This happens whether I say that I’m gay or not! It has nothing to do with how I identify and everything to do with the prejudices that Christians harbor in their hearts.
Christians inherently sexualize gay people. It’s a problem that has been going on for generations, and it functions to maintain gay people’s status as “perverts” in the church. They refuse to see us as people. We’re sex demons and nothing else.
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3 May 20
Seeing people post things on social media like, "I miss my church family!" is hard. Reminds me of when I belonged like they did to a church family & all the unspoken requirements placed upon me for maintaining that belonging that I never knew existed until I broke them.
Don't get me wrong, I don't fault ppl for missing their church family. But it's hard for me to ever listen to someone talk about their lovely church where they fit in so well w/o wondering about all the arbitrary strings attached to their belonging. Strings they don't even see.
It's honestly been nice to have church attendance completely taken off the table right now. I know a lot of ppl are feeling the opposite, but for me, it's been super healing to *not* go to church and not feel pressured to do so.
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8 Feb 20
I’m making a list of classic xian reactions to being gay & xian (thread). Comment or retweet with your best responses. 🙌

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Me: I’m a Christian. And a lesbian.

Them: Bah! Didn’t you read Paul? “And such were some of you!” - “And such WERE some of you!” Past tense!!

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Me: I’m a Christian. And a lesbian.

Them: What?! Would you call yourself a lying Christian? Or a stealing Christian???? You wouldn’t would you? Hah!

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Me: I’m a Christian. And a lesbian.

Them: I love you, but Jesus doesn’t let us stay in our sin. You can’t remain in your sin... ! REPENT!!

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13 Nov 19
Women’s Retreat: What sort of practices help you become more regular in your daily Bible reading?

Me: Giving myself permission to not feel guilty if I don’t read my Bible today.

*blank stares*
In all seriousness though, this was a real conversation. I know so many Christians who spend more time talking about how guilty they feel for not reading their Bible than they spend just reading their Bible.
There’s a culture of guilt around Bible-reading in evangelicalism. I don’t know where it came from, but it’s there. I can’t remember the last time I talked about daily devotions in church without feelings of guilt pervading the entire discussion, as ppl confessed to not doing it.
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17 Sep 19
A lot of people think it's fair game to know the details about my sex life, if I'm celibate, etc. "You're the one who calls herself a lesbian," they say. "This is what you get for defining yourself by your sexuality."

But this fundamentally misunderstands the gay experience.
I didn't call myself a lesbian and then start experiencing discrimination, invasions of privacy, etc, in that order. I experienced discrimination and THEN started calling myself a lesbian, in part, as a way to reclaim the false narrative pushed upon me.
People like to pretend that if I suddenly stopped calling myself a lesbian, discrimination and invasions of privacy in my life would suddenly cease. But it happened before and it would happen after. The only difference would be that I wouldn't have the language to talk about it.
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