Proud to Be One of God’s Queers
In celebration of Gay Pride Virginia on Saturday, GayRVA has asked some of our contributors to share their feelings on Pride.
I remember my first gay pride, Boston, 1983. I was a seminarian, still married (although separated) with three children, and battling a case of mononucleosis (at age 36!).
I could barely drag myself out of bed, but my lesbian friends told me I had to go. They were so right.
Marching down Tremont Street, feeling the pulse of the crowd, enjoying all the pretty boys leaning out of windows and peeking out of bars, I was thrilled to be one of the 15,000 chanting, “Out of the bars and into the streets!”
Before the march, some of us filled Arlington Street Church for worship. I don’t remember much, except singing songs proclaiming liberation and justice and celebrating the rainbow of God’s people. I wept. For joy.
I had come home.
Pride for me is the annual gathering of my tribe, the queer folks (including some delightful straight folks) who live out loud as we are created. It is so much better than those old family reunions where I had to pretend to be something I am not.
It is a big party, yes, but it also is intensely political. I am proud to claim my citizenship as a queer, and I want everyone to know it, and I insist that society respect my citizenship–and that of all my siblings–without qualification or restriction.
And Pride is a religious experience. I know God smiles on us, and wants us to be all we can be. Pride is like a giant church service and picnic and vigil and baptism and passion play all rolled into one. It is a reminder of how much God loves us and wants us to be ourselves–outrageously, gloriously L, G, B, and T, and Q, and I, and all the other letters of our alphabet.
It may seem sacriligeous to some, but I rank Pride somewhere up very close to Christmas and Easter, and definitely with 4th of July and Election Day–occasions when I am reminded who I am and who God calls me to be: one of God’s special tribe created in God’s queer image.
Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline is pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond. He is also President of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, an interfaith organization of gay and straight clergy and lay people working for equality for LGBT Virginians. Read more of his thoughts on faith and spirituality on his personal blog.
Photo by Eric Russell
Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline is President of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, an interfaith organization of gay and straight clergy and lay people working for equality for LGBT Virginians. Read more of his thoughts on faith and spirituality on his personal blog.
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