ABOUT KATHY BALDOCK
Kathy Baldock, author, LGBT advocate, international speaker and educator, and Executive Director of CanyonWalker Connections, is a leading expert on LGBT issues in the United States, especially dealing with historical and current discrimination faced from the socially conservative Christian church and political sector.
Her 2014 book, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community, and accompanying "Untangling the Mess" presentations, blog, podcast, and videos, piece together the history behind LGBT persecution in the church and the need for conservative Christians and church leaders to become better educated in order to properly engage members of the LGBT community. Baldock’s heavily researched, accessible, informational approach helps people understand the LGBT community’s modern plight in terms of how threads of culture, medicine, psychoanalysis, law, science, religion, and politics have contributed to our understanding of this group of people.
Kathy Baldock founded CWC in 2009 as a natural outgrowth of her already-burgeoning ministry of reconciliation between the socially and religiously conservative American community and the LGBT community. A graduate of Rutgers University’s College of Engineering, as well as an accomplished entrepreneur and small business owner, Baldock had no ties to the LGBT community until 2001 when she forged a friendship with a woman who she later found out was a lesbian. Through organic dialogue and years of research, Baldock shifted her own views and saw the immense need for accessible education in this area. More of the specifics of her backstory, as well as her blog and many, many resources and related materials she has published, can be found at her non-profit website: www.canyonwalkerconnections.com.
Baldock currently travels across the U.S. and internationally, speaking in venues from churches to university campuses to non-profit organizations, sharing the eye-opening findings of her research in 1-, 3-, and 6-hour formats called "Untangling the Mess," fully tailored to Christian or secular audience needs. She engages with a visual timeline in ways that help audience members identify, assimilate, and retain information that will help them overcome cultural biases and understand the sources of negative images of LGBT people today.
Baldock also originated the #str8apology and #WallOfLove actions that she continues to lead at select LGBT Pride festivals around the country. She continues to speak directly with conservative Christian pastors and church leaders who may be starting to do further investigation into the LGBT issues their churches have historically stood against. On a day-to-day basis, Baldock receives emails and letters from LGBT people of all ages, as well as their parents, seeking further support during their coming out process especially in socially conservative religious settings.
Additionally, Baldock co-hosts the Sisters of Thunder podcast along with CanyonWalker Connections’ Director of Policy and Advocacy, Yvette Cantu-Schneider, where information from her book, along with current topics associated with sexual orientation, gender identity, faith and policy are broken down into a one-hour audio dialogue and interview format for listeners.
Kathy has also been featured on numerous radio shows, including NPR, PrideNZ, ABC Religion Show in Australia, TrueFM, America Matters Media, and The Chip Evans Show. Here's a sampling of her previous interviews:
PrideNZ interview with Gareth Watkins,
Kathy Baldock talks about the current marriage equality debate in Australia, the changing nature of the Salvation Army in New Zealand and how some groups in the United States are "exporting hate".
Kathy Baldock is available to speak with ministry leaders, parents, and audiences of people desiring to understand how modern American culture arrived at this place in history with the LGBT community, and what people in all communities—both religious and secular — can do to overcome decades of misinformation and false teaching. She can be contacted by sending a message using the boxes below or by emailing directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.