Over the past four weeks, it has been virtually impossible to avoid the fact that another Easter holiday is upon us. Whether it be the bunny decorations in the center aisle of every store or the Peeps and Cadbury ads, big business is in full effect and nearly impossible to avoid. However, for Christians, there is a much more important part to Easter -- the death of Jesus Christ for our sins and his resurrection. But for LGBTQ Christians, especially for many in the black church, the Easter holiday is also a reminder of why so many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Christians have left the church or have struggled to stay. The pastor may deliver a "hell and damnation" sermon on homosexuality from the pulpit, while the church's pews are filled with a number of LGBTQ parishioners. This picture may explain why lesbian, gay and bisexual LGB Americans differ from the general public in their religious affiliations.
To be gay, Christian and black in Harlem
Blacks, Gays And The Church: A Complex Relationship : NPR
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's campaign has had to consider his sexual orientation as he tries to connect with black voters. Joe Darby, a prominent pastor in Charleston, S. A fellow pastor quickly interjected. But as the mayor of South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg and his campaign are well aware of the issue. As he skips from sold-out fundraisers to overflowing rallies around the country, Buttigieg set aside time last week for a smaller gathering of black LGBTQ faith leaders and activists in Houston. Gathered around a glass coffee table, Buttigieg opened up to the group of a dozen about his record with African Americans as mayor in South Bend, Ind.
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The Black Church, a conduit for spirituality and social change, has cultivated countless leaders throughout history. With an increasing number of Black clergy speaking out in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT community, this legacy continues. Research shows that that message is an influential one. This resistance, however, can be very real for some church leaders. Samuel's church fell from about 6, to 3, congregants.
Otis Moss III, the pastor of Barack Obama's former Chicago church, recently spoke out in favor of the president's support for gay marriage. Some black pastors, amongst them pastors from the Baptist Convention, heavily criticized Obama. You took a strong stance in defense of the president's decision and wrote a letter criticizing the black pastors that had attacked Obama. What made you take a stand?