National Coming Out Day was October 11, and a service to honor that occasion was cancelled due to inclement weather. This Sunday we’ll do what we intended to do earlier with a service honoring and celebrating diversity and the LGBTQ community.
Respecting, honoring, and celebrating diversity is a deeply held, integral dimension of the Unitarian Universalist faith. This is no small or trivial matter for the people of Birmingham and Alabama. A man is running for Senator for Alabama who asserts that homosexuality should be a crime. This same man once argued that the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage was “even worse” than its ruling in the 19th century Dred Scott case, which found that African-Americans were not citizens, and therefore property. That a man running for high office speaks and thinks this way is, to put it mildly, shocking beyond words. A culture surrounds us that tolerates this, and that is the scariest part.
In this context we’ll hear from four persons – Lily Bolton, Cortney Johnson, Tommy Thompson and Andrew Duxbury – about the journey of ‘coming out’ and what that means in this place and time.