For the first time, Queen City Pride will host a church service as part of its festival in an attempt to show how religion can be welcoming to LGBTQ people.
“A lot of (LGBTQ) people have been told that the Bible says homosexuality is sinful or it’s wrong. What we’re going to show them is: It actually doesn’t say that in the Bible,” said Pastor Carla Blakley of Bread of Life Lutheran Church.
On Sunday, the church at 3018 Doan Dr. will host a 9:30 a.m. service followed by a brunch where passages of the Bible will be discussed. The event is open to all denominations.
Blakley said there are six passages in the Bible that address same-sex relationships, but it is important to understand them in context.
“There are six texts in the whole book; there are hundreds that speak about love and compassion and welcome and all these other things and somehow they get forgotten and these six texts get used as clobber texts,” she said.
Queen City Pride co-chair Jesse Ireland said incorporating spirituality was an important part of this year’s pride week theme — inside and out — which touches upon all aspects of healthy living.