Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Heterosexual
People of Faith
young and old, from near and far, of many races
joining together for a common purpose
Soulforce delegates on the Journey to Lynchburg
were invited to write answers to three questions:
Who am I?
How have I been impacted by hate speech?
Why am I going to Lynchburg?
These are a few of their responses.
Click on the name to read the story
As one who has been healed by the power of God’s unconditional love, I am committed to declaring that love to all of God’s children – and find myself quite mystified by those who see the need to "protect" God from loving the "wrong" people…
San Diego, California
I have been told that I am an "enigma" to them because they see Jesus all over me, but how can that be if I am gay? This is why I am going to Lynchburg…
"But they’re still fags," I keep hearing over and over in my mind. It seems that no matter how decent, how loving, how faithful, moral or honest gay and lesbian people present themselves, they are still perceived as something less than human…
I have been … a gayrights cyberactivist since 1995. … An exgay man and I founded the cyberspace initiative "Bridges Across the Divide" …
|Saundra Farmer -Wiley|
The lies that were told about us and the venom with which Christians spoke at us as we did sign waving were both frightening and bewildering to me…
Anyone meeting me would comment that I am a "nice man" – a "good man." In short, I am any man until I confirm that I am gay. Then some people may find me queer….
Carolyn and Elizabeth Glover and Norman Brown
Kathleen B. Stayton
|Karla Lee Fleshman|
I am not a monster in the grips of Satan trying to undermine the American Family, but rather I am part of the American Family. I go to Lynchburg as an act of anger transformed into positive love-filled action toward those who would call me by names other than "child of God"…
When I finally began to recognize my sexuality as a gift, I vowed that I would life my life openly and courageously in a way that would help change things for myself and for other gay folks. … [S]triving to love and forgive opens up a place where enemies can become friends…
My family…thought I was the smart one that hopefully would be the first to make it to college. Privately they worried that I was a sissy…
Gordon I. Herzog
St. Louis, Missouri
In my professional work as a diversity facilitator and in my personal life, I have seen the effects of discrimination and hate crimes…
|L Clyde Carter|
I feel God is calling me to Lynchburg. I have struggled with my own homophobia…
I lived 40 years as half a person. Denial took up a lot of my energy. I denied to myself that I was a lesbian until…
San Francisco, California
I was denied ordination twice because I refused to say that homosexuality is a sin. I could not live with integrity as a minister if I forsook some of my sisters and brothers…
I was told that changing my sexual orientation would be extremely hard to do, would take a very long time and that it may not work. With the odds against me, I set out to do just that. For the next fifteen years…
I needed to know God’s love for me was personal and that his love was real. As I prayed this prayer, the answer began to sink in…
In an uncontrolled rage, his father attempted to shoot Ramon. Instead, he shot and killed Ramon’s three-year-old sister…I have witnessed countless examples…
Shelby Township, Michigan
Because of the bondage of this misinformation, many people spend incredible amounts of time dealing with phantom issues…