1 Corinthians 15:58 : “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (NIV)
Whether we are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, or Sikh… we of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities have a lot of work to do in order to achieve acceptance as persons of faith and as equal persons within society. We have double-duty in many respects, trying to prove that we can be spiritually active or religious or culturally involved in religious and spiritual traditions while at the same time proving that we of the LGBT community are not abominations or subjects to be demonized for our identities and natures and our expressions of gender or attraction.
When we work towards social justice and social equality, we are essentially saying that all of God’s children are of equal value and all are worthy of His love and care. We are also saying that we are seeking to love our neighbors as much as we love our God. We value life as much as we can. We see past differences to acknowledge a shared sense of humanity and that we all should be able to enjoy full, enriching lives.
Working towards social justice and equality requires courage, hard work, visibility, and openness, as well as patience. Victories will not always come overnight and solutions to problems will not always come conveniently. Yet it is important that we continue to stand for our rights and stand for justice and continue to resist oppression and injustice. Apathy and indifference is not the answer. Nothing changes if nothing is done to affect change. We must use the gifts God gave us and show the world we are not helpless and we are not victims. We must use our skills, talents, and voices to help educate society to our needs and our struggles. We must inform society about the injustices affecting the LGBT community and educate everyone on how they can be effective and supportive allies. We must start to have conversations especially with communities of faith that are constructive and welcoming and productive. We need to find common ground.
We need to get to know each other and share our stories.