Human Rights Campaign preparing to talk about faith
By Sherrie Evans
Anita and Jackie Limbaugh have found acceptance at Covenant Community Church, but finding it isn't easy. Anita says, "Before they get in the door they feel beat down, judged and when they do get in the church they feel unloved and un-welcomed and shunned."The Limbaughs worship and help the community through church. Many in the gay community are people of faith. That's why the Human Rights Campaign wants to start some conversations. Hubert Tate, with HRC, says "They love their faith communities, the love their houses of worship, they still face some degree of harassment. That's what we want to do with these conversations is to bring these faith leaders together to talk about ways to make sure LGBT people are included in their faith communities."Jackie Limbaugh says, "If you're part of a church that's not an affirming church that maybe you've gone to all your life and you want to continue going there, you're fine to go, but you can't be active.""To condemn someone for who they love is absurd." Lone Broussard, the minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, is willing to go to any church and talk about the issue. "Who are we to condemn? I also believe Jesus, if he was here to today, he would hang out with LGBT communities, particularly the ones who are oppressed."Broussard says many people are suffering, especially teens. She hopes the HRC will take a positive approach to make change. "Unfortunately there's a lot of work to do, I think it's good. but they also need to lift up the churches where this happening. With a positive approach you sometimes get further than a confrontational approach."The Project One America event will be at Beloved Community Church in Birmingham July 22nd.The Human Rights Campaign will open an office in Montgomery later this Summer. It's also getting ready to hire a state director.
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