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Justin Lee on faith, culture, and nuance

Justin Lee on faith, culture, and nuance

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Justin Lee: Speaker Bio


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Bio for general audiences (long version)

For more than 25 years, Justin Lee has been known for navigating divisive issues with thoughtfulness and nuance. He is the author of Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree With—and Maybe Even Change the World, which is now being used as a textbook in college classrooms to teach students how to navigate areas of disagreement.

Justin began his work in the 90s as a spokesperson for Bridges Across the Divide, an organization fostering dialogue across lines of disagreement about sexual orientation. In 2001, he founded a faith-based nonprofit to adapt these conversations for Christian faith communities, where he became internationally prominent for helping families stay together despite differing views on LGBTQ issues. His first book, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, has become one of the most widely read books on that subject, gaining him a reputation as one of the only experts in the field to have a large following among both progressives and conservatives. An updated and expanded edition of Torn is being released in May of 2024.

Justin has co-hosted three podcasts, spoken in seven countries, and been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, the Dr. Phil show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He speaks to audiences across the political and ideological spectrum and has been interviewed by hosts ranging from the left-leaning Bill Maher to the right-leaning Laura Ingraham.

Today, Justin is focused on teaching people to apply the principles of strategic dialogue to the political, social, and personal causes they care most about. In addition to his speaking and nonprofit work, Justin continues to address a variety of topics on his YouTube channel and his website at GeekyJustin.com.


Bio for general audiences (short version)

Justin Lee has been successfully bridging cultural divides for 25 years. He first developed his strategic dialogue techniques while working at the difficult intersection of faith and LGBTQ issues, where he became internationally known for helping heal family and community rifts. His book on that subject, Torn, is now one of the most widely read in the field.

Justin’s latest book, Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree With—and Maybe Even Change the World, draws on scientific research and real-world examples to apply these same techniques to today’s political and social conflicts. Follow Justin’s work at GeekyJustin.com.


Bio for faith groups (long version)

For more than 25 years, Justin Lee has been an influential Christian voice on LGBTQ issues, best known for building bridges across areas of theological disagreement to promote grace and mutual understanding. He has written two books, spoken in seven countries, and been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, and All Things Considered.

Justin’s first book, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, has been widely cited for its role in helping Christian parents understand and love their LGBTQ kids. A newly updated and expanded edition, released in 2024, digs deeper into practical concerns for churches and families around topics such as gender identity. Justin’s second book, Talking Across the Divide, offers strategies for having productive conversations on all sorts of controversial issues—from politics to family conflicts.

Justin currently serves as the executive director of Nuance Ministries, where he works with churches and Christian groups from a variety of perspectives to help them show the love of Jesus in the midst of disagreements without compromising their integrity and values. In addition to his speaking and nonprofit work, he discusses the Bible and a variety of other topics on his YouTube channel and his website at GeekyJustin.com.


Bio for faith groups (short version)

Justin Lee is an internationally known author and speaker who has been bridging cultural divides for 25 years. His book Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate helped many Christians better understand and empathize with LGBTQ people. His latest book, Talking Across the Divide, offers strategies for handling tough issues in a polarized world. Follow Justin’s work at GeekyJustin.com.

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