The Black Church is accepting LGBT people as congregations, pastors talk
Note from GLAAD
GLAAD worked with Rev. Cedric Harmon to place this story in the Washington Post. It is a part of GLAAD's ongoing partnership with NoWedge2012.com, of which Rev. Harmon is a founding member.
Prevailing wisdom has it that the Black church is overwhelmingly negative on issues of justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
My experience three years ago organizing 200 clergy in Washington, D.C. who supported marriage equality contradicts this “wisdom.”
I spoke with pastors who were accustomed to knowing what to say, who were comfortable speaking the truth of the Gospel, but who weren’t prepared to speak their support. Before they could sign in support, they needed to understand what the Bible does and doesn’t say or what a good follower of Jesus should say. Once their concerns and questions were addressed – with respect – they could join in support of marriage equality.