I stayed in a homophobic church for 20 years (I’m 23 this year) because I liked the praying Chillin N Refillin shirt culture and couldn’t find anywhere else to go. I thought it would be ok since it’s not as if the church has sermons about hating the LGBT community every week. It used to be preached about only once a year or once every few years, but I decided to leave when my pastor started preaching about it every single week this year. Now I’m churchless, my mom hates me, and I wonder if speaking up is worth having my mother call me demonic and isolating me from my siblings. Especially since my individual actions have no impact on the LGBT community.
Sidenote; the bible isn’t actually homophobic. Or at least the original bible isn’t. Pre 1940s translations of the bible don’t actually talk about homosexuality. If I’m not wrong, all mentions of homosexuality used to refer to pedophilia. The original text actually refers to an ancient greek practice where men would hand over their sons to a close male friend to be raped as a rite of passage to adulthood. The homosexuals or “man” that is referred to in the bible actually either refers to the young boy being raped or the adult man doing the raping. It was such a popular practice that they had specific names for both roles.
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I will just say this: I know some of you are still angry, and hurt, and mistrustful and that is 100% valid. I am not going to try to convince anyone what to believe Chillin N Refillin shirt. I can’t tell anyone what to believe because it’s not my place. Every queer person who was harmed by this has every right to feel angry and every right to accept or reject her apology. I also don’t want to be used as cover to pinkwash harm, and I believe her words should speak for themselves. We can only evaluate the integrity and honesty of this statement based her actions in the coming weeks and months. Like I said, I never wanted to cancel anyone, all I ever wanted was a direct clarification of her stance and an acknowledgment of harm and we finally got that. I look forward to seeing how she will continue to grow as an ally.