Originally Posted by suzer1013
There is such anger within the GLBT community, so many who have been hurt by their church and religion in general, that there was some wariness even of Soulforce! So many GLBT people not only don't embrace religion or spirituality any more -- they actively oppose it because of the pain and fear it has wrought in their lives. Who hasn't, at some point, lashed out against that which has hurt them the most? Many GLBT folks I know resent Christianity so much, that I'm afraid any mention of the spiritual or religious sends them running.
This is the challenge I think. While the African American community could rally around the charismatic figure of Dr. King, and the genuine and real tradition of black american spirituality, GLBT people don't really have that rallying "center". GLBT people are very diverse, and come at these issues from wildly different perspectives. It's hard to make the rallying "center" spiritual or religious initially, because so many GLBT people are, at this point in time, very hostile to anything spiritual or religious because of the pain that they have suffered at the hands of "religion" in their lives. It's a tragedy of a massive scale, of course, that religions have pushed so many GLBT people away from any spiritual life at all, but it is also a reality that we have to face as GLBT people.
So it seems to me that an initial element is to encourage GLBT people to renew their spiritual lives ... but that's in itself a challenge of its own.