Andrew Marin (@Andrew_Marin and www.facebook.com/Marin.Andrew) is the President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org), a non-profit organization that works to build bridges between the LGBT community and conservative religious groups through biblical and social education, scientific research and diverse community gatherings. Their unique approach strategically partners with both conservative and LGBT people and organizations to make a sustainable difference in today’s religious and secular cultures. The Marin Foundation also conducted the largest national scientific research study ever done in the LGBT community regarding spirituality and religion, with the results published late 2012.
Andrew Marin is the President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He has a BA in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and an MA in Urban Studies with concentrations in Social Change and Theology from Eastern University. Andrew is the author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), and its interactive six-session DVD Curriculum (2011). Since 2010 Andrew has advised various agencies of the United Nations on issues of faith, sexuality and cultural aspects of reconciliation. He has recently spoken before world leaders at the United Nations International Headquarters in both Geneva, Switzerland and New York City, and to members of the US Senate on Capitol Hill. Andrew’s speech Homophobia and Bridging from within the Evangelical Church—given on Capitol Hill the night before the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009—is archived in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Andrew has been featured on the BBC World News, NPR, CBS, ABC, GLAAD, 700 Club, Dallas Morning News, Christian Post and is a regular guest on American’s most listened to Christian radio program, The Frank Pastore Show, among others. He lives in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Brenda, and blogs on cultural issues, faith and sexuality at www.loveisanorientation.com.
*Andrew’s book Love Is an Orientation has won:
Golden Canon Leadership Book Award for one of the Best 10 Overall Books of 2009 by Leadership Journal
Culture Award for Outreach Magazine’s 2009 Resources of the Year
One of the Top 20 Best Overall Books of 2009 by RELEVANT Magazine
One of the Top 20 Best Overall Books of 2009 by the Englewood Review of Books
Lime Award for one of the 10 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2009 by the publication The Christian Manifesto
In March 2011, Besides the Bible named Love Is an Orientation as one of the All Time 100 Books That Have, Should, Or Will Create Christian Culture