William Lindsey was born on March 30, 1950. After a childhood in Little Rock and El Dorado, Arkansas, Bill pursued an academic career. He received a B.A. in English from Loyola University, New Orleans, an M.A. in English from Tulane University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in theology from University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology.
As an openly gay Catholic theologian, Bill faced employment discrimination that inspired him to be an advocate for LGBTQ people within Christian institutions. In 1993, he received a glowing annual review from his college dean. He had the most publications in his department and the highest student evaluations at the university. And yet Belmont Abbey College ended his tenure track position without a review or explanation, granting him a terminal one-year contract. The abbot in charge of the monastery that owns the college refused to meet with him to discuss his termination or provide spiritual guidance.