Reported from the New York Times.
Reflecting on this issue in relation to the message I have been trying to get across that there is no reason why an LGBT person can’t be a person of faith and a church that claims to be Christian or all-loving, should be exclusive towards the LGBT community; I see people making a stand towards equality. There are some who would rather support the LGBT community and sacrifice church attendance than to be a member of a church that condones discrimination or hatred or exclusion of a people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
This article illustrates that there are some who are offended by the stance of their church or denomination or particular faith’s hardline positions against the LGBT community and some believe that these conservative approaches speak against more fundamental messages of love and compassion for one’s neighbor or fellow man or woman. The notion of Christian love and compassion seems lost when a church sends a message that some people, by virtue of their gender expression or personal affections and love interests, are not welcome to worship within their places of worship–denying them access to worship.
The same population that fears the LGBT community is taking away so-called Christians’ rights to their religious views, are in effect denying LGBT persons access to worship in churches, temples, or synagogues. By turning Christianity into a members-only institution for heterosexual, gender normative individuals, they are infringing on the rights of LGBT persons from being equal participants in their own neighborhood places of worship.