articles, op-eds & blogs

Crystal Cheatham is a social activist creating conversation and action concerning LGBT people in religious spaces. Crystal works as a ghostwriter but maintains a public voice through articles op-eds and blogs. She is a columnist for the Philadelphia Gay News and a contributor at both the Huffington Post and the New Civil Rights Movement.

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Bringing down the church

Huffington Post, September 6, 2016

"We are counter culturists, independent thinkers, self starters, off the grid entrepreneurs and anything but conventional. We are each trying to understand our identity, our worth and where we fit into this world. We of course want to do it morally and with the sense that we are not alone. We want to know less about religious structure and more about spiritual application."


Politics & Religion like oil & water @ DNC & RNC

Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, September 1, 2016

"A week later at the DNC, Methodist minister Bill Shilladys invited the nation to bow their heads. “Oh God of many names,” he prayed. “We know that you call us to work hard to bring people together. To build bridges of hope for the future, we reach out to our neighbors, no matter their race, creed, sexual orientation or color.” Superior to even the most benign speeches at the DNC, Shilladys still found himself in hot water for not praying to the one Christian God, but seeking to unite everyone under one common love and worship."


Facebook Executive To Headline Anti-LGBT Religious Conference

New Civil Right Movement, February 18, 2016

"NRB is specifically working to enact legalized discrimination against LGBTQ people through its promotion of aredefined understanding of religious freedom—one that carves out arenas of public life where religious institutions, individuals, and even businesses can exempt themselves from civil rights and labor laws. Emphasizing this priority, NRB President and CEO Jerry Johnson has declared that 'NRB wants to be for the First Amendment, what NRA is for the Second Amendment.”'