I came across a society and culture article and would like to share it in hopes that folks find another way to be true to themselves and reclaim their identities as well as their faith.
Now more than ever the LGBT community needs to be visible and proud and proactive in how the rest of society perceives us. We need to stand up for our rights to identify freely and honestly. We need to stand up for our rights to exist and to be part of our communities and society as a whole. We also need to be willing to proclaim our faith and our beliefs as well, without fear of discrimination or persecution.
People need to understand that we can be persons of faith and religion as well as members of the LGBT community. People also need to understand that just because we may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender or queer or asexual or gender fluid, we have a right to worship and be involved in spirituality and religious culture if we chose to. Additionally, we should not have sacrifice who we fundamentally are in order to worship God or to have spiritual beliefs. We should not have to give up our relationships or gender identities or gender expressions to be included and respected in religious communities.