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Standing Tall Together

Robin Gorsline | May 25, 2009

This is really a week when Richmond LGBT folks can show our commitment to our own liberation.

  • May 26 at the Federal Courthouse at 6 pm in response to California Supreme Court
  • May 30 at 8 pm at the Gay Community Center for a performance by Dale Smith of his one-man show, Jesus Phreak, that uses humor and biblical texts to point out the hypocrisy of anti-gay politics
  • May 31 also at the Gay Community Center at 5 pm for a community forum about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, sponsored by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

But, it is important to remember that some thoughtful, caring straight folks also stand with us. Like my colleague in ministry, Rev. Warren  Hammond.

As an ordained Baptist minister, he resigned a few years ago from his full-time position at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond rather than carry out homophobic policies. He has been active in promoting LGBT equality for years, and for the past 18 months has served as Chair of the Board of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia.

The media help many of us to think that “the church” is an evil institution–because a lot of church leaders and people engage in hateful behavior. And many of us have experienced it first-hand.

But the truth is more complicated. There are millions of religious people who stand with us, either quietly or more loudly.

I’m standing up for my  own liberation, and for that of the queer people I love. And I’m also standing up with our straight allies. They’re family, too.

Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline is pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond.  Read more of his thoughts on faith and spirituality on his personal blog.