Everyone should have the freedom to be who they want and the space to explore who they choose to be. Transitions in life are not easy but in time they are worth it. To those who are on the journey of self discovery be who you want to be. Grace and peace my friends.
To my fellow followers of Jesus who are in the LGBTQ community you have my love and deep respect. Keep the faith while you are under fire from some of our fellow believers. To non-believers you are loved too.
Freedom seems to be for those who want liberty for themselves based upon their ideology and sometimes religion. We live in a country truly free for some and not for others. We do live in a place where there are two America’s. Civil rights and justice seem to be available for a few. Freedom isn’t free I guess.
Perhaps its time for some people to stop telling others who they can love and imposing laws preventing it. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be truly available to everyone when everyone can marry the person they chose. I believe in the traditions of love and family but I also believe that love and family are changing to include LGBTQ folks. Anything new scares people and new love scares people the most.
It amazes me how one group of people can establish rules that discriminates against another group. From my perspective people like to restrict freedoms that they enjoy. Yes some rules need to be made to preserve order in a civil society but there are some rules that should never be made. I am not saying there should be anarchy but use common sense and some reason in making laws that could discriminate against someone.
This is in honor of Alzheimer’s Disease awareness and the Anti Bullying campaign of LGBTQ folks. We should keep calm, be focused in do what we can to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from threats of the body and of the soul.
I am a supporter of LGBTQ folks. My faith is such where God’s love is for everyone. It’s not up to me to judge. Some great people of faith I know are in the LGBTQ community. Love should be the main thing here. Jesus was about connecting with folks on the fringe and bringing them into the fold. We shouldn’t condemn anyone, its not our place to do so. God is love and everyone should follow that example. Some Christians have chosen to think differently.
Perhaps we should look at our beliefs in a modern context that is inclusive of those who have been on the fringes of life.
There are a lot of laws being considered in this country that makes discrimination of gay and lesbian people a legal thing. In my mind discrimination of any form is un-American and to take it a step further un-Christian. If this country is to be one where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is to be fully realized then it can’t be one where some folks cannot realize the full opportunities and promise the United States provides. Those who are seeking to pass laws like we have seen in Arizona in my mind are very misguided and they don’t reflect the true values this country wants to espouse.
Lets not roll this country back to an earlier time where discrimination was an accepted part of society. The Jim Crow era of this country was evil and heinous. African Americans played by a set of rules that made life very hard for them, especially in the south. I can’t help but see that history is repeating, it’s truly sad.
It’s a shame that in the 21st century we seem to be regressing in a lot of things and not progressing as a people. Lets be a country that says that we are indeed created equal with the rights and privileges that will allow us to live free in a genuine way.
It takes courage to be yourself. Being authentic is a hard thing to do in the world we live in. Peer pressure and fear of being accepted are barriers to people living as people they want to be. For those who are different its even harder.
I salute anyone who is brave enough to acknowledge to the world who they are. “Coming Out” means being who you are at the risk of losing connection and the love of family and friends. It’s sad that it happens so often to good people who just want to love and to be loved unconditionally.
Ellen Page is the latest person to say who she is. I know there are lots of famous people who have the support of their community but for many they face isolation and ridicule. Those kids who know they aren’t like the other kids find life to be difficult.
I am a believer in God and my call is to love and respect people for who they are, not who I want them to be. I am proud to say I have many friends who are LGBTQ and I will love and support them to live the life they want. Many of my gay friends are in committed relationships, they are also church goers. To me its about loving and supporting them in a world that doesn’t entirely understand the life they are living.
To those who struggle with this know you have a friend who wants to know more and is open minded. You all have value and I believe God loves you.