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Matthew Vines | Author of God and the Gay Christian
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Matthew Vines is a gay Christian—and that’s no contradiction. He has also become a leading new voice on the Bible and homosexuality. His groundbreaking speech countering anti-gay interpretations of Scripture has been viewed on YouTube over 700,000 times. The New York Times calls him “an unlikely advocate (and lightning rod) for those straddling one of the most volatile fault lines in America’s culture war: homosexual Christians.”

“[Matthew Vines’] relentless logic and spiritual generosity comes through on every page of his depth-charge of a book.”

— Andrew Sullivan

Matthew Vines is the author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex RelationshipsU.S. News & World Report says: “Matthew’s book is likely to become the biggest, most talked about, Christian book of the year—and could help shatter misperceptions about the Bible’s characterizations of same-sex relationships as a sin against God. It will also, without a doubt, place this young man at the center of a raging cultural debate in America.” Vines is a champion for the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people within Christian communities and society at large. In March 2012, he paused his studies at Harvard to research and deliver a speech at a church in his hometown about the Bible and homosexuality, calling for acceptance of gay Christians and loving gay relationships. The video has been featured in The New York Times and The Christian Post.


In 2013, Vines launched The Reformation Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to training LGBT Christians and their allies to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Speech Topics

God and the Gay Christian What the Bible Says—and Doesn’t Say—About Homosexuality
“There is no contradiction between being Christian and being gay,” says Matthew Vines. In this keynote, Vines expands on his famous hour-long speech about the Bible and homosexuality that calls for acceptance of gay Christians. What does the Bible say about same-sex behavior, and why does it say it? How do same-sex relationships fit into a larger Christian theology of marriage, celibacy, and sexuality? Vines answers these essential questions with warmth, intelligence, and deep feeling. He draws on his own personal experience coming out in a conservative Christian household and his in-depth research into the Bible—a powerfully persuasive combination—to present an interpretation of Scripture that has influenced many conservative Christians. Vines is on a mission to drive change. This moving talk will inspire young gay Christians to accept that their faith and sexuality can co-exist. And, it shows how Scripture—and society—has the capacity to accept and encourage loving gay relationships. There is much to learn from Vines’ message of hope, acceptance, and love—for everyone.