Every human being reflects a part of God. God’s divinity is impressed upon our being, regardless of our race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or ability and that invests us all with value.
In 2013, Rev. Frank Schaefer was found "guilty" by the United Methodist Church for officiating the wedding of his son, Tim, to his same-sex partner.
"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid." —Cesar Chavez
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In my heart, I've always known that God is a God of Love. That at its core, the Bible preaches Love—a hand for the downtrodden, glory for the cast-asides, another chance for your enemies, and boundless, difficult Love.
Someone once told me, "If my son was a murderer, I'd still love him, but I wouldn't love what he did. The same would go if he was gay—I would still love him, but I wouldn't love what he does."
This statement is what started my journey as an outspoken ally, or as I like to say: "That's when I came out as an ally."
Lately, there seems to be a lot of talk about whether one can or should call oneself an ally. Who gets to speak up for LGBT equality? What voices should be heard? Silenced? Made space for?
“So...do people from Kentucky wear shoes?” I sat there, slack-jawed, trying to comprehend the words that had just come out of her mouth. I had recently moved to Nashville for college, and this was a big change for a girl from rural Kentucky. My new classmate was obviously curious.
My name is Johnie Guerra. I’m straight and happily married with four wonderful boys. I’m the grandson of two pastors and my parents did their best to raise me with a Bible based upbringing.