The Atlanta LGBT Coalition and their allies stood in solidarity on the steps of the State Capitol this afternoon in opposition to Rev. Rick Warren's upcoming keynote address at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service scheduled for January 19th at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Craig Washington, founding member of The Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition and Paris Hatcher, Co-Executive Director of Spark Reproductive Justice Now were among the speakers who called on the King Center to rescind their invitation to the controversial pastor.
"Now while we may agree to disagree, we cannot build bridges by rewarding those who build walls that lock certain groups out", said Washington during his address to reporters. "We stand together today because we're not going to stand for sexism or homophobia or discrimination or condemnation. Today we take a stand declaring our common humanity knowing that we are wonderfully created just as we are".
"Denying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer folks our humanity is harmful. Preaching a message that shames and blames women's bodies is dangerous", says Hatcher who spoke out against Warren's views on reproductive choice. "We say that all communities are sacred and at times like these Atlanta needs to hear a message of love and liberation that affirms everyone, not an opinion that reinforces a dialgue of oppression and shame."
For more information on the peaceful demonstration scheduled for January 19th click here. View footage from the press conference in the video below.
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