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8 comments | Thursday, May 17, 2007




Yesterday I had the privilege of sharing my story as an openly gay christian for an untitled documentary due out at the end of the year. The film will tell the stories of over a dozen Black LGBT people from all over the country and their experiences in the Black church.

I know for some LGBT people the church is totally off limits and I can't say I blame them given how cruel most pastors and congregations have been towards SGL people. I was raised in a christian home and attended catholic school until my junior year, so my relationship with God became an important part of my development, and once I decided to embrace my sexuality I couldn't fathom that my being gay would separate me from the love of God. Although I was told differently I knew in my heart I was created in God's image and my life was not a mistake.

I know there are so many of us who are tied to churches because of family or tradition and we've come to expect and accept the rampant homophobia that's so prevalent today. I found out years ago that this was a hinderance to my spiritual growth and I had to make a decision to say enough is enough. I would no longer attend a church that had no problem taking my tithes and offering but would not accept me fully as a SGL christian.

People can debate all day long whether or not they think honosexuality is a sin, and to be honest it's not my life's mission to prove that it isn't to those who believe that it is wrong. But as long as LGBT youth are depressed, suicidal, and homeless due to religious bigotry and intolerance, I will continue to speak out against the dogma being preached from pulpits all over the country. After all the church should be a house of joy and not a house of pain.

8 Comments:

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Where did we get "SGL christian"? There is no such thing!

May 18, 2007 12:37 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Captain,

If you can be an ignorant, cruel, and heartless Christian then I can be an SGL christian.

May 18, 2007 12:51 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

How did you arrive at those crazy assumptions?

May 18, 2007 3:04 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

@ Captain: GAY AND CHRISTIAN HERE!!! GET OVER IT!

May 18, 2007 4:01 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Well now captain.. consider the natural order of things. If there is room in your conceptual universe for "single gender hating" Christians, then nature demands a balance and there is room for "single gender loving" Christians as well. Noah filled the Ark by twos as a recall.

May 19, 2007 8:37 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Darian, was that girl in the pic from wardrobe.. or did u let her get up on you for the movie?? talk about acting!! jejejjej

May 19, 2007 8:39 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

IS there any way to block captain?

May 31, 2007 7:10 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

i love this blog. for all those who have a problem with being gay and Christian,let them face it. the love of God is so great,and we,as gay people deserve to taste it,cause does not limit it to heteros. if anyone feels like they are not ready to share that Love,let them be the ones to give up,not us. we are no longer afraid of those who fear the changes...and God is with us. all the days of lives.

December 21, 2011 12:21 AM

 

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