Note: I wrote this piece before gay marriage was approved in Illinois. However, I still feel the need to let these Reverent Minister Sinisters be known. Enjoy!
It's truly been a battle to get some of the African-American clergy to support gay marriage. Pastors from several of the area’s black mega-churches are trying to stop legalization of gay marriage in Illinois. Specifically, the African- American clergy coalition that includes pastors with big congregations like Rev. James Meeks and Bishop Larry Trotter. They are fighting hard against gay marriage based on biblical teachings.
To put it mildly, this #nohomo campaign by the African-American clergy coalition in Illinois has been, to put it frankly, stupid. They’ve been such a big part of blocking same-sex marriage in Illinois. The expression "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has now progressed to the Black Churches in Illinois.
For me, there is no greater position than a priest, minister, father, reverend or clergy. I feel these positions allow the power to forgive, heal, and redeem; and, these ministers have not been doing any of those. I decided to give them a new name that fits their character and their actions. Let’s call them, Reverend Minister Sinisters.
Pastor Larry Trotter, of Sweet Holy Spirit Church in Chicago and leader of the Reverend Minister Sinisters, has said recently, “We believe that marriage is between man and woman – not man and man, and woman and woman.”
It's interesting to hear this Reverend Minister Sinister’s homophobic comments because several of my LGBT friends attend his church on a regular bases. It truly grinds my gears that powerful ministers are trying to influence with their public statements, paid commercials and from the pulpit to stop me from marrying my future husband. I just want to scream: We hear you, Christian community but, that's enough - go sit in the corner for a time out.
I find it strange, yet interesting, that the very people that were protecting/helping our parents, and their parents, during the civil rights movement (yes, I’m comparing gay rights to the civil rights movement) are the same people hurting the LGBT African American community today. What is going on?
The Illinois' Black Clergy should be aware - I’m sure they don’t keep up with LGBT news - that the Black LGBT Community has grown exponentially. A new report is shedding light on the growing number of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the black community. The study explains that there are more than one million African-American LGBT adults in the U.S. And, without a doubt, majority of these LGBT individuals attend these mega-churches.
However, there are some Black churches' in Chicago that welcome LGBT people into their sanctuaries. For example, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III of Trinity United Church of Christ, Bishop Carlton and Rev. Dawn Brumfield, Urban Village Church, to name a few, are very welcoming to the LGBT community. They understand same-sex marriage is a question of civil rights and not religion.
So, here’s my final message to Pastor Trotter and the rest of the Reverend Minister Sinisters: we are a million deep now...and counting, and, ain’t nobody got time for this.
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