For those unfamiliar with Capturing Fire ( A funny Spoken Word Summit and Slam, every spring, LGBTQIA poets from around the humanity descend upon Washington, D. to portion their words with each new and an opportunity looking for the most precocious of artists. His example called "Pray the Gay Away" is featured in this video from the D. This year, I had the possibleness to come across Thomas Hill, the current grand slam champion of the D. move a point in time to return in the brilliance of this poet's work and account out more of his stuff on the interwebs!
'Pray the gay away' ministry closes, leader apologizes to LGBT community
After 37 years of standing as the world's outside building that helped those "struggling" with same-sex attraction, the Orlando, Fla. based Exodus International is closing its doors and Alan Chambers, Exodus International President for over a decade, has issued a long apology to those that were hurt by the organization. "It is strange to be someone who has both been pain by the church's treatment of the LGBT community, and also to be person who must apologize for living thing part of the very system of ignorance that perpetuated that hurt," Chambers wrote on the Exodus International's blog in an entry titled, 'I Am Sorry.' "Today it is as if I've conscionable woken up to a greater sense of how painful it is to be a offender in the mitt of an incensed church." Chambers issued the blog Wednesday in front the Thursday announcement of his formal apology to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites piece doing an interview with Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network.
In the Bible Belt, it’s public to see glass stickers that claim One Man One Woman = Marriage, church billboards that command one to “Get right with Jesus,” letters to the editor comparing gay marriage to marrying one’s dog, and nightly news about prejudiced attacks from the Family Foundation. While some areas of the Unites States have made tremendous progress in securing rights for gay people, holy scripture Belt states lag behind. Not only do most Bible knock gays lack municipal partner benefits, lesbians and gay men can still be fired from some places of employment in many regions of the Bible Belt for being a homosexual.