By Greg Spearritt

In the wake of the Australia Day honour bestowed on tennis great and influential Christian homophobe Margaret Court, Alistair Macrae – a former president of the Uniting Church in Australia – has, like several other noteworthies, rejected his own award. He has suggested that “bad theology kills”.

People in the LGBTIQA+ community are amongst the most vulnerable in our society. Rick Morton, in his 2020 book One Hundred Years of Dirt, reflects on a life of trying to hide being gay:

Anyone looking for a reason to explain the rates of suicide and self-harm among queer Australians need only look at the shrapnel wounds of disgust and rejection they’ve collected over a lifetime.

By Alistair Macrae’s measure, however, pretty much all theology on this topic before about 20 years ago was deadly. Much of it still is, though (thank goodness) there are notable exceptions.

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