To be gay and Christian at the same time can feel like conflicting identities, but a weeklong summer camp in Minnesota gives teens license to be both.

“For some of these kids it’s perhaps the first time in their lives they can be truly authentic,” said the Rev. Brad Froslee, co-director of the Naming Project Summer Camp, a place where young people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can share their faith.

The camp on Bay Lake near Deerwood, Minn., had been operating quietly since 2004 until it was featured in early March on Lisa Ling’s new Oprah Winfrey Network show, “Our America.” In the episode, “Pray the Gay Away,” Ling looked at one of the more polarizing debates in Christianity today: Is it possible to be gay and Christian at the same time?

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