About the Author

Linda Patterson is a civil litigation attorney who lives in San Diego, California.

Raised a Christian, Linda became an agnostic while taking courses in biblical studies at Seattle Pacific University, a Methodist college in Seattle, Washington. After graduation, she married her college sweetheart––a man who she was with for nearly 7 years, until she recognized at the age of 28 that she is a lesbian. She attributes her belated realization to the homophobia that had been instilled in her as part of her Christian upbringing. Some 10 years after coming out, she took a sabbatical from her legal career to rigorously research the issue of homosexuality and the Bible, and to share her eye-opening discoveries in Hate Thy Neighbor.


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Linda's Forum presentation at St. Paul's Cathedral, San Diego: