Leviticus 20:13:"If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death."
Blake Gallagher is gay — without a god. That’s how he likes it to be. And he’s inviting others to join him.
In high school, Blake Gallagher knew he was gay. The 31-year-old San Diego native grew up in what he described as a moderately religious household. He said religion never really played a huge part in his household, but that the idea of God – the idea of a higher power – was always there. It was during his high school years he had to reconcile his teachings and his thoughts on homosexuality being a sin.
“You go through a depression and a denial because of this internal battle of sin,” Gallagher said. “How is a young person supposed to deal with that?”
After much soul searching Gallagher came to the realization that his sexuality isn’t that big of a deal, but he knew he would be coming out against a society that would be against him. His family reacted like he expected.
“My parents had a difficult time at first, but they became completely supportive,” Gallagher said. “My best childhood friend isn’t ok with it though. Kinda sucks, ya know.”
In college, Gallagher studied engineering, where he said he built a solid scientific foundation. While identifying as a Christian in college, Gallagher said that the reality of the Bible and his observation were critically and completely different.
“When coming out as gay, you have to question reality,” Gallagher said.
After college while working in architectural design, Gallagher met his partner five years ago at a bar in Seattle where he has been living for seven years now. Gallager said what allowed them to hit it off so well was their common views on religion, science and being gay. Realizing that a bar was not the place to meet like-minded people, Gallagher decided that he wanted to design a community that could become an expression of beliefs that he and others hold true — a community for people with similar views to come together and share.
“Atheism is almost a trend,” Gallagher said. “I wanted to move away from the debate of it, and make a peaceful transition to a community that does not debate. In creating Gay Without God, I wanted to plant a seed of thought for those out there looking for their own answers.”
Gaywithoutgod.com is a site that draws people in who already have a viewpoint. The community there and the forums have given the gay community a place to express their beliefs to people who want to hear what they have to say. This was no easy task, Gallagher shared, adding that doing it in a way that didn’t focus on sex was the biggest challenge. But he made it happen nonetheless.
Starting up only three short months ago, what started out as a small undertaking has grown to 750 members whose average age is 21.
“Just like when I first started to question things, most of our members are high school and college students,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher didn’t know what was going to happen, but he had a feeling that there were a lot of people out there with the same ideas. The last three months he has worked hard to keep his site free from sex and dating.
“Why mix religion and sexuality? Religion is already really obsessed with sex,” Gallagher said. “I want to counter that obsession and present a more rational approach to things. You’ve got to have critical thinking.”
The website has grown from his idea into what the community wants it to be. Gallagher wants to see it grow even more, maybe even affect politics as we know it.
“I guess it’s a whisper that will grow louder into a voice of change,” he said.