If I ever again start attending church on a regular basis, I think I will look for a church with a gay minister, and/or a gay youth minister. (And as long as I'm living in Hooterville, that probably won't happen.)
I think I've already mentioned how I feel about modern Christianity essentially ignoring Jesus, only to fawn all over the OT prophets. You know, using the ten commandments and Leviticus, etc. as weapons of judgment and exclusion. (I've never met a single Levite in my 47 years as a Christian; exactly how do their laws apply to me again?) Suffice to say that not only do I believe homosexuality is not a sin, I also believe that persecuting gays to any degree whatsoever is a sin. And if by chance it might be a sin against God to be exactly what God made you to be, (?????) judgment is His domain, not ours. We need to stick to ordinary human justice, since that's a concept we can actually comprehend, and sexual preference is not related to justice. (Mine sure isn't, so how is anyone else's?)
1. Dedication: Who could be more committed to God than someone who dedicates his life to serving those who, at best feel superior to him and pity him, and at worst despise and reject what he is?
2. Empathy: Need spiritual guidance? Would you seek it from a "respectable," possibly revered person whose faith may or may not ever have really been tested? Whose moral authority is rarely questioned? Or would you want to seek out someone who's been in the trenches most of his life? Someone who really understands the nature of compassion, and conflict, and the pain of rejection, abuse and injustice? Trust me, a gay minister knows how you feel when you're hurting; he has walked that path.
3.The children: There are a lot of emotional abusers and pedophiles in the church, and their authority goes unquestioned! The vast majority of pedophiles are straight males, and many are ordinary-looking married dads who love to take part in family-oriented activities. Like church. Like youth programs at church. The chances of your children being victimized by a gay minister? Just about nil. And no, he won't "recruit" them. For one thing, he can't - it's not a choice. Additionally, he wouldn't if he could. Why would a person who cares about the well-being of kids, entice them into a "lifestyle" that would guarantee them a lifetime of abuse and rejection? Duh. And rest assured, the ignorant, narrow-minded members of the congregation would keep him under a microscope; I suspect a gay youth minister would never even have the opportunity to abuse a child, were he so inclined. So the worst he could do is to teach the them that it's okay to love the people that "Good Christians," um, DON'T, because God does love them.
Any homosexual who has the the strength and the courage to follow Christ, in spite of Christ's other followers, is probably the truest sort of Christian on earth.