Jordan E. DeSanto writes on how Christian thought influences pop culture and politics. Originally from rural Washington state, he is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and the University of Washington.

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Will Smith's slap heard round the world forces us to imagine life free of transgressions against Black women

Will Smith's Oscars transgression offers a moment for us to reflect upon and scrutinize the institutionalized systems of misogynoir within our culture and society, including the spaces we occupy as Christians.

Book Review

65 years later, ‘Giovanni’s Room’ models LGBTQ+ allyship

Just as Jesus entered our world so that He could empathize with our human experience, so, too, does in his 1956 novel, James Baldwin invites us into Giovanni's room — to empathize with the pain and joy of the LGBTQ+ experience.

In Lil Nas X's 'Montero,' Black, queer people hold the keys to salvation

Homophobic theology causes physical and mental harm to the sacred bodies of Black queer people. Watching Lil Nas X, an openly queer and unapologetically Black artist, gives me hope.