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We received a variety of responses to Compassionately Caring for LGBT Persons in Your Faith Community (October/December, 29:4, pp. 208-214) by Sarah Sanders. As editor, I knew it was a risk to write on this topic. The following responses came in to the NCF Nurses Blog:


"I am delighted to see the issue being addressed by NCF. I worked with AIDS patients in the mid-80s and my father gave me great advice: Do not change your values, do not impose your values-do the best job you can as a nurse. When we truly reach out to others with unconditional love, our own lives are changed and enhanced forever."


"I am disappointed in the article. Much of it is what I have read in liberal theological articles on the subject. As a nurse I have had much contact with LGBT people and have always treated them with respect. I have followed the philosophy of loving the sinner but hating the sin."


"I did not even want to read the article as soon as I read the title. I have treated all my patients the same regardless of who they are. I'm nursing the person not their lifestyle but in the same token I do not approve of it. I do not have a condemning attitude but try to reach out. Let us be careful not to compromise our beliefs and not use nursing as a cloak to condone their lifestyle."


"I appreciated the article and found it to be informative. Treating patients with respect and letting our actions be the Gospel, may go farther in reaching them than any words we use, scriptural or otherwise."


An upset reader wanted JCN to mention resources to help lebisan, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons "be freed from the oppression of sexual sin." We did not for two reasons:


(1) The point of the article wasn't about changing a patient's sexual identity; it was about understanding people who are gay and their health concerns. As nurses, we can recommend resources for patients who want information in the context of an established relationship.


(2) We wanted to be sensitive and reach out to the gay community with Christ's love and not give a typical approach they often hear from Christians, so we did not include resources for dealing with homosexuality.


Our journey in LGBT care continues. How about yours? Share your thoughts on the JCN blog, "In the Light" at


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