Sometimes, ideas about other people are wildly wide of the mark.
I was surprised when the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to allow sexually active, monogamous LGBT persons to be ordained as clergy. Frankly, the ELCA is no hotbed of liberalism, and I was surprised. Pleased, of course, but surprised.
Then, there is Buju Banton, the reggae star. I used to think that reggae was all about love and peace (and maybe getting high). And the islands of the Caribbean were paradise.
Then, a couple of years ago, I met several young gay men from Jamaica who told about being helpless to stop mobs who were beating their friends to death, especially as the police did nothing to stop the brutality. They said Jamaica is violently homophobic.
Now many of us are working to cancel Banton’s appearance at The National. We are saying no to hate and talk of a
“war against the faggots.” We do this for our own community, and also for our siblings in Jamaica.
That may surprise some folks in Richmond. The LGBT community here tends toward live and let live–don’t make waves.
But its time we upset the powers that be. They need to know that Richmond Queers aren’t going to take disrespect lying down.
If our efforts to stop the concert–calls to the theater and the promoters, press statements and requests for intervention by influential people–don’t work, I know where I’ll be. I hope you will be there, too.
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.