LGBTQ Christians preach their gospel

By : Michael Wanzie
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LGBTQ Christian.

For many that’s a combination of terms which illustrates the ultimate oxymoron. Those non-LGBTQ Christians, as well as non-Christian members of the LGBTQ community, who believe the two states are incompatible—if not incomprehensible— usually point to scripture to validate their arguments.

“Much of the arguments against homosexuality come from a complete misunderstanding of the cultural milieu in which these texts were written,” says Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) of Tampa in Seminole Heights. “When we attempt to apply biblical ideas to our lives today, we are wholly unable to do so without taking into account the cultural context of the text and our own current social location.”

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MCC founder reflects on Cuba trip

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, takes part in a march in Havana on May 13, 2017, that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

HAVANA — It was shortly after 6 p.m. on May 13 when Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, sat down with the Washington Blade at Havana’s iconic Hotel Nacional.

Perry’s husband, Phillip De Blieck, and Rev. Hector Gutiérrez, an MCC elder from the Mexican city of Guadalajara, joined Perry in his suite in the hotel that overlooks the Cuban capital’s oceanfront promenade and the Florida Straits. Perry spoke with the Blade hours after he and De Blieck rode alongside Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro who directs the country’s National Center for Sexual Education, in a 1950s-era car during a march that commemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

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Watermark’s 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16

By : Watermark Staff
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Watermark has chosen those who stood out from the LGBTQ community – 16 remarkable individuals who made a mark in 2016; whether through activism, generosity or beating the odds.

It has been a difficult year for all of us, both politically and personally, and those we have selected have made the most change, been the most inspiring and helped to make our LGBTQ community that much stronger in the face of adversity.

Below, our 16 Most Remarkable People of ’16.

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Heavenly Grace: Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson closed an important chapter in 2016

By : Krista DiTucci
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Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson has served as vigilant civil rights activist and a voice for the LGBTQ community through her 44 years of ministry with the Metropolitan Community Church. Throughout her career, she has fought for LGBTQ rights, marriage equality, HIV/AIDS awareness, racial injustice and climate change.

Rev. Wilson, who hails from Long Island, says she knew she wanted to be involved in ministry since she was 13 years old. She moved to Sarasota in 2001 to serve as Church of the Trinity MCC pastor, became the MCC Global Moderator in 2005 and retired this year. Rev. Wilson says her longest pastoring career was in Los Angeles from 1986 to 2000 during the worst years of AIDS.

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MCC Rev. Nancy Wilson honored by Equality Florida

By : Krista Di Tucci
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Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson, Metropolitan Community Churches’ Global Moderator, was presented with the 2016 Voice for Equality Award by Equality Florida at Sarasota’s Suncoast Celebration Nov. 20.

Those in attendance, which numbered more than a hundred people, at the beautiful Michael’s On East also heard from several members of Equality Florida including executive director Nadine Smith, Transgender Inclusion Director Gina Duncan, Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber president Ashley Brundage and Suncoast Steering Team Co-Chairs Jarred Wilson and Pauline Parrish.

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Equality Florida to honor MCC Rev. Nancy Wilson at Sarasota Suncoast Celebration

By : Krista Di Tucci
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Rev. Nancy Wilson

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson

SARASOTA – Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson, Metropolitan Community Churches’ Global Moderator, will be presented with the 2016 Voice for Equality Award by Equality Florida at Sarasota’s Suncoast Celebration Nov. 20.

Rev. Wilson was pastor of Sarasota MCC before she was elected as Global Moderator in 2005. However, she has been an activist and a leader in the MCC since she was 22 years old. Rev. Wilson says she came out at a young age when the MCC was in its early stages and no one could envision LGBT victories such as marriage equality. She says her work began to transform into a global issue over time.

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