A new app is trying to appeal to LGBTQ Christians and make them feel welcome in the faith.
The “Our Bible” app tries to present Christianity as welcoming and non-offensive to minority groups like LGBTQ people by featuring a gender neutral God, including pro-women sentiment, and involving people of color in its stories.
The app’s creator is Crystal Cheatham and she created the app to show others that homosexuality and Christianity can intermingle.
“It crushed me so hard,” she told PBS. “When I came out, I was told by ministers so far above me that I couldn’t be an out lesbian and also be on the stage as a leader, and it crushed me.”
“I had to decide between this love for my God and my personal identity,” she said.
Cheatham also shared more on Twitter ehind the reasoning for the app’s creation. She says it was because her experiences with the Seventh-day Adventist church showed her more acceptance was needed in Christian society.
“When I did come out, I found it extremely hard to figure out where I belonged and what I should be doing. It was really tough,” she said.
The app includes several features such as a library of Bibles, translations, daily Bible verses, meditation, and optional interaction with social media.
The “Our Bible” app is hoping to launch at the end of this month somewhere between December 25-30.