Finding Leo: The Flame

By Leo Bancroft for PQ Monthly

I was in a bar the other day, telling a story about what’s new with my life.  I began by saying, “Well, I’m starting a church…”

My friend made a face.  Yep.  I would make that …

Finding Leo: Of Love and Pride

Leo Bancroft, PQ Monthly

Pride is defiance. Pride is art and beauty. Pride is my community.

Pride is a celebration of love, human dignity, and self-worth, amidst the noise and nonsense of bigotry and discrimination.

I walk in the Pride Parade as a …

Finding Leo: One Chest Hair Is Enough

By Leo Bancroft, PQ Monthly


I have been on testosterone for 21 months, and still only have one chest hair.  One.  It’s faint, and sometimes I need my glasses on to see it, but it’s there. Sigh. My facial hair status …

Finding Leo: My Best Valentine

By Leo Bancroft, PQ Monthly

It’s raining outside.  I’m scrolling through Facebook past angry political posts and memes about cats.  And then I see a post from AIDS Walk Portland. Drawn in, I look at the photos from last summer. Blue …

Protest and Renewal: Working for Welcome

St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, Oregon

Leo Bancroft, PQ Monthly

You are not alone. You are lovable and worthy.  For those of us longing for a community of faith, yearning to be known and loved by God, we need to hear these …

Finding Leo: A Place at the Table

By Leo Bancroft, PQ Monthly


I love autumn leaves and pumpkins, turkey and mashed potatoes, my friends and my family. I really want Thanksgiving to be my favorite holiday. But anticipating that it will not be the ideal holiday I envision, …

George Michael: the Reluctant King

By Leela Ginelle, PQ Monthly

In 1988, I watched the video for “One More Try” approximately eighteen million times. It was in perpetual rotation on MTV, VH1 and BET, and, though I didn’t particularly like it, I, like America, had surrendered …

Matters of Faith: January/February 2013

A new leaf
By Genko Rainwater

January is named after the Greek god Janus, the one who looks forward and back, the hinge of the year. He represents gates and doors, beginnings and endings, and is hence represented with a double-faced head, …

Matters of Faith: July/August 2012

Prayers from Pride
By Rev. Nathan Meckley, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)

Rev. Nathan MeckleyI was startled (and maybe dismayed) to realize I am fast approaching 30 years of marching in Pride parades. My first was in New York City in 1984. I …

Stories of coming out in faith communities

Compiled and edited by Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly

Artwork by Erin Rood, PQ Monthly
Recent polls indicate that 83 percent of Americans identify as a member of a religious denomination, and a majority of Americans report that their religion plays a “very …