As a baker and small business owner, I meet all kinds of people. I am truly blessed to have a job where I get to wake up each day and make people happy. People come into my bakery looking for sweets to celebrate life’s most special moments.
A federal lawsuit challenging Mississippi's ban on adoption by same-sex couples has just been filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Campaign for Southern Equality v. Mississippi Department of Human Services seeks to strike down that ban and to establish that Mississippi same-sex couples have a right to adopt.
Brandiilyne Dear, a pastor at the inclusive and welcoming Joshua Generation Metropolitan Community Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is an LGBT advocate working to accelerate acceptance in her home state of Mississippi and beyond. Brandiilyne also founded
Rev. Dr. Gerald Trigg was a minister who not only understood, but lived Biblical Obedience through his support of civil rights and later LGBTQ advocacy. He died at 81 years old this week but he left a life-long ministry of social justice work that speaks well of this United Methodist leader.
We were sitting in Arby’s when it happened—a song played through the speakers that deeply touched my mother.
She dropped her fork, closed her eyes, and began to sway back and forth.
I am Denise Donnell. I am an ordained elder in the Mississippi Conference in the United Methodist Church. I have been a member of the clergy for the last eight years of my life.
I wish I could tell you that I have always been a friend of the LGBT community, but that is not my truth.
As a Civil Rights Movement "foot soldier", I have used these words of Martin Luther King, Jr. to guide my activism, not just for people of African descent, but for all justice struggles; "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
I officiated my first same-sex marriage the Sunday of this year's Martin Luther King weekend, January 19, 2014.
On January 21, 2014, the Starkville Board of Aldermen took a historic step making our city the first municipality in Mississippi to pass a resolution showing support for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.