Source: Sun Sentinel | Author: Rev. Leslie Hague | Published: June 20, 2021

Happy Pride Month! This greeting is very personal to me: I am an Episcopal priest, and I am a bisexual woman in a same-sex marriage. I married my wife in 2012 and feel so fortunate and blessed to have the ability to continue my faith-based journey without compromising my sexual orientation.

I know that is not the case for some of my LGBTQ+ siblings, some of whom have been told by their former faith communities that they are unloved and rejected by God. It hurts me to even think about the loneliness of many LGBTQ+ youth who grow up feeling condemned by intolerance being preached from the pulpit. It has led many in the community to pull away from organized religion altogether.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I know that when I visit a church, I wonder if I will be accepted or if I will be told that the way God made me is wrong. That is why as the leader of a faith community, I seek to be clear about what I believe: I believe that God, who created us, loves every single person—gay and straight—exactly as we are. I urge you all to continue your journey to find a church home that will accept you as you are.

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