Justin R. Cannon (born July 9, 1984) is the founder of, an affirming outreach ministry to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Christians centered around his booklet "The Bible, Christianity, and Homosexuality" described by the Los Angeles Times as "an illuminating...analysis that argues the Bible doesn't condemn faithful gay relationships." (Michael McGough, July 18, 2005). He is also the founder of Rainbow Christians, the internet’s first gay Christian personals website, and a contributor to the Gay Christian Network online forum.

In 2007 he re-launched his ministry website under the name "Inclusive Orthodoxy." According to his website, "Inclusive Orthodoxy is the belief that the Church can and must be inclusive of LGBT individuals without sacrificing the Gospel and the Apostolic teachings of the Christian faith."[1] His ministry affirms the divine inspiration of the Bible, the sacredness of Tradition, and affirms "...that there is a place within the full life and ministry of the Christian Church for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Christians, both those who are called to lifelong celibacy and those who are partnered."[2]

Cannon was featured as a "Future Gay Hero" in the prominent gay newsmagazine The Advocate (July 5, 2005)[1] shortly before he graduated from Earlham College. He subsequently appeared on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio, his work was cited in the New York Times,[2] and has even been well-received internationally as he was cited in the French glbtq magazine Préf ("Ainsi Soient-Ils" January/February #12 Issue). March 29, 2007, ABC News' Sacramento affiliate, News 10, ran a feature on Cannon and his website Rainbow Christians.[3]

In 2006 Cannon was recognized as one of Out Magazine’s Top 100 most influential gay people of the year.[4] Each year OUT Magazine, a national gay and lesbian general interest publication, honors one hundred individuals through a feature magazine issue and a special party/reception. Other honorees in 2006 included Rufus Wainwright, Anne Hathaway (actress), Michael Kors Iman, John Cameron Mitchell, and Lance Bass. In November 2007, he was honored as one of Instinct (magazine)'s 2007 Leading Men of the Year for his activism in the gay community.

He is currently pursuing priesthood in the Episcopal Church through the Diocese of California.


  1. Adovcate, The. "Future Gay Hero." July 15, 2005. Accessed June 18, 2007
  2. Banerjee, Neela. “Gay and Evangelical, Seeking Paths of Acceptance”, “New York Times”, December 12, 2006. Accessed June 18, 2007
  3. Adams, Dan. "A Place for God-Loving Gays -- On the Web" March 29, 2007. Accessed June 18, 2007
  4. "Out100 Alumni 2006" Accessed April 8, 2008

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