(Photo source: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/indiana-gov-mike-pence-signs-gay-discrimination-bill)
For a long time I’ve wanted to highlight the fact that Young Life is strictly anti-gay. It is YL’s position that being gay is a sin and in direct opposition to God’s will and word. It’s not an uncommon belief for Christians who believe the Bible is the literal word of God.
A couple times in the history of this site, I’ve had YL folks comment that YL is for everyone and that gays are welcome just like anyone else. What I think they really mean, is that you’re welcome to attend club or camp in the hopes that you will see the light, confess Christ and renounce your sinful sexual orientation.
A recent comment at Young Life Watch had this to say:
I was in YL in highschool and decided to quit my senior year because they would not allow a gay man on the trip to camp. I witnessed a lot of favoritism, homophobia and emotional abuse (and was a victim).
Another blogger, posted this concerning his being ousted as a Young Life leader:
I have shared my experience regarding being terminated for being gay, and then the great lengths they went to to deny and lie about their policies and actions when I started telling students and parents and also said I would go to the media with the story. You can read about my experience here: https://gaychristianblog.com/2015/11/27/the-tides-are-turning/
Another Young Life leader felt compelled to quit after she was asked to take down a facebook post supporting gay rights. It was only afterwards that she learned Young Life banned gays from being leaders. You can read her story below.
Lastly, a piece that Salon posted about a college football player. He came out as bisexual and was forced to step down as a Young Life leader:
Agree or not, the facts are that Young Life does not welcome gays as leaders. Their have been reports of them being unwelcoming to gay students as well.