Sex & Relationships
Straights for Gays
I’m straight and I’m not going to take it anymore
Does God hate gay people? No, he doesn’t. In fact, if the Bible’s to be believed, God didn’t hate anybody at all. Ever. Nor has he ever encouraged anybody else to hate and/or discriminate on his behalf.
I wasn’t always this way. I attended catechism classes, Catholic school, church-sponsored seminars on marriage, sex and morality, and I’ve read my Bible. No, really – I have! And nowhere in its many pages does God denounce his lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender children the way some people do in his name.
I consider myself a modern woman of intelligence and faith (and no, those two terms are not mutually exclusive). My group, Soulforce is dedicated to stopping the oppression that so many of our LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual) brothers and sisters face. Last week we partnered with Marble Collegiate Church – the oldest Protestant church in North America – and Jay Bakker’s Revolution Church for a week of nonviolent protest. On September 17, several other straight allies and myself climbed up on milk crates and held a two-hour vigil in Madison Square Park in Manhattan. We were standing up and standing out for LGBT equality and we called it Seven Straight Nights.
Why should straight people care about LGBT equality? Because this isn’t a matter of “gay rights.” This is a matter of civil rights. There’s a universal game of “tag you’re it” going on and the best way to ensure that nobody else is designated “it” is to end the game. If one of us is in danger of being tagged, then we all are sooner or later – or again.