Brett Webb-Mitchell

Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell is an openly gay Presbyterian pastor in the Portland area serving as the part-time LGBTQ+ advocacy coordinator for The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the UMC. He can be reached at Become a subscriber to the Greater NW Pride blog to get Greater NW Pride in your email box!

Blog Posts

"Boy Erased" and the Church - 11/14/2018
    At the center of the book and movie, “Boy Erased”, written by Garrard Conley, is the so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Conversion or reparative therapy is the dangerous psychological practice of “attempting” to turn a person who self-identifies as LGBTQ to being “straight,” with the underlying misnomer that “straight” is normal and good, and same sex attraction is evil or bad. The 19-year-old college student, Jared (who is really Garrard) is sent to an ex-gay Christian ministry, ...

In Search of a New Home Church for a New Family - 11/8/2018
In Search of a New Home Church for a New Family   I am writing this blog with a new title in my life: I am a grandpa, or as I am calling myself, “Pops.” My daughter Adrianne and her husband Scott are celebrating the birth of their daughter, Edie! The news of the pregnancy was a note of coming attractions. The actual arrival of the child gave “birth” a whole new and dramatic shift in the tectonic plates of my family’s life. Upon Edie’s delivery into this world, new titles “birthed” too. The next ...

Lessons from the Life of Mathew Shepard - 10/31/2018
Lessons from the Life of Matthew Shepard   In 1998, outside of Laramie, Wyoming, two men—Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson— beat up and robbed Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student who happened to be gay. Matthew was pistol whipped and left for dead for 18 hours, tied up to a fence on a remote Wyoming prairie outside of Laramie. He died five days later without regaining consciousness. For two decades, Shepard’s parents—Judith and Dennis—kept their son’s ashes near their home in ...

Changing the Definition of Gender Matters to LGBTQ+ People - 10/25/2018
Changing the Definition of “Gender” Matters to LGBTQ People               In 1941, there was the creation of a scientific definition of “mental retardation” by Edgar Doll that was approved by the national body known as the American Association on Mental Deficiency (AAMD), and the federal government.  This definition considered a person “mentally retarded” based on social incompetence due to mental subnormality, which has been developmentally arrested, which obtains at maturity is of ...

The Rule of St. Benedict, Hospitality, and LGBTQ+ People - 10/18/2018
What the Rule of St. Benedict, Hospitality, and LGBTQ+ People Have in Common

Honoring National Coming Out Day - 10/11/2018
In Honoring National Coming Out Day

Greater NW Pride: In Search of a Connection with a Community of Faith - 9/27/2018
In search of a connection with a community of faith.

Colonialism, LGBTQ+ People, India, and the Church - 9/20/2018
Colonialism, LGBTQ+ People, India and the Church   In the last two weeks I had an opportunity to be on pilgrimage in India.  When I arrived there on Sept. 4, 2018, “homosexuality” was considered a criminal act under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which banned any “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.” In other words, even as a gay man on a pilgrimage in India, it was best that I not say anything about being gay. That all changed on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, when the India ...

Lessons from Camp Hope - 8/23/2018
Lessons re-learned about advocacy with people with disabilities and Camp Hope.

The UMC It Gets Better Campaign - 8/15/2018
What would a UMC "It Gets Better" Campaign Look Like?

Greater NW Pride: More of my story, more of our story - 8/1/2018
In his second installment of his blog, Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell dives deeper into his own personal story, while thanking those who have had the courage to be "out" in a sometimes unwelcoming church environment.

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