I refuse to support an organization that actively or passively contributes to my own oppression.
This is a recent realization, and I still often feel compelled to be apologetic about this choice.
But Iâ€™ve tasted something better. You see, I thought I knew what an â€ślgbtq-friendlyâ€ť congregation or organization was. Then I found some that were actively non-heterosexist. Itâ€™s like stumbling upon an array of gourmet cheeses when you didnâ€™t know there was anything other than those individually wrapped slices.
The next time I walk in to a place and someone offers me a sandwich with the rubbery stuff, Iâ€™ll be saying â€śno thank-youâ€ť and spending my time where I am nourished. Itâ€™s true I may go back occasionally, but only to witness to the poor souls who havenâ€™t heard that next door everyoneâ€™s enjoying cheddar, brie, and gouda
As the secular and religious lgbtq movement grows itâ€™s getting harder and harder for people, congregations and institutions to serve up believable excuses for continuing discriminatory practices. If your group is thinking about how to become welcoming, check out one of these short papers:
And bring on the feta.