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    Weekend of Gay Pride and Activism in Lynchburg, VA Sponsored by 27 National, Regional, and Local Organizations FYI Anthony Moderator My sexual orientation is
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      Weekend of Gay Pride and Activism in Lynchburg, VA Sponsored by 27 National, Regional, and Local Organizations






      My sexual orientation is not a sickness to be healed or a sin to be forgiven. My sexual orientation is a gift from my Creator to be accepted, celebrated, and lived with integrity.

      "The Bible has 7 admonitions that allude to sexual behaviour and intimate relations between persons of the same gender, however the Bible also has more than 300 admonitions that specifically refer to sexual behaviour and intimate relations between members of opposite genders. Does this mean that God hates heterosexuals?

      NO ... certainly not! It just means that heterosexuals need far more supervision."

      " Coming Out is spiritually cleansing.  Harvey Milk of San Francisco was the first openly gay elected official in the United States in 1978.  Harvey repeatedly said: “Come out, and when you do, you will feel so much better.”  Before he was assassinated in 1979, Harvey predicted that he would be murdered, but he said that he would gladly take a bullet if it would blast open all of the closet doors that trap and imprison gay people.  You will feel better about yourself and you will see yourself and the whole world as a more beautiful place when you come out.

      Coming Out is liberation from a host of unclean spirits.  Homosexuality is not demonic, but homophobia is.  Coming Out is an exorcism of the destructive forces that deceive you into believing evil things and rejecting yourself and your own reality.

      Coming Out is an act of God in your life, whatever your view of God might be.  God is always seen in Christian perspective as Truth.  Remember that Jesus said: “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free;” and added: “I am the truth.”

      “Homosexuality is actually a privileged spiritual path and natural mode of human expression that our Souls have chosen in order to help us discover the true power and magnificence of our Authentic Selves“.



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      Sent: Thursday, 2 October 2003 05:11
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      Subject: Soulforce: 27 Groups Sponsor Lynchburg Pride Weekend 10/10-12, 2003




      October 10-12 Activities include Civil Marriage Forum, Pride    Festival, and Vigil at Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church 



      Soulforce Press Release: October 1, 2003

      For Immediate Release

      Contact: Laura Montgomery Rutt

      Cell:  717-278-0592




      ( Lynchburg , VA ) - A weekend of gay pride and activism in Lynchburg , Virginia will take place October 10-12, 2003 , and is being sponsored by 25 religious and civil rights organizations.   Lynchburg is the home of anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell, who stated that he is dedicating his talents, time, and energies to the passage of an (anti-gay) amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 


      “Jerry Falwell says that he wants to ‘protect traditional families,’ but what he is doing is promoting discrimination against our families,” said Gina Grubb, one of the organizers from Tennessee .  “Our families are families, too.  What Jerry doesn’t seem to grasp is that it is LOVE that makes a family, not the family structure itself!”




      9:00 am  – CIVIL MARRIAGE EQUALITY FORUM focused on religious support for equal marriage rights, at First Christian Church, 3019 Rivermont Avenue – with representatives from Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, People for the American Way, Interfaith Working Group, and  Dontamend.com.


      12:30 am – PRIDE MARCH TO THE PARK from First Christian Church to Riverside Park , along Rivermont Avenue .


      1:00 pm – COMING OUT AND ABOUT IN LYNCHBURG  - This mini-pridefest includes merchandise from Lambda Rising Bookstore - Washington DC, information booths from many of the sponsors listed below, and a variety of music –  female impersonator Ravyn Vega from Lynchburg, trombonist Ben Hunt and singer/songwriter Shana Scudder , both formerly of Lynchburg, electric guitarist Joe Osborne from Charlottesville, Christian contemporary singer Marcus Young, singer/songwriter Judy Insly, poet Laurie Pollack, opera singer Arthur Pekar, and more. Speakers will include openly gay Muslim cleric Imam Abdullah from Washington DC , Rev. Jimmy Creech, Rev. Mel White , founder of Soulforce, and others.  Soulforce Youth coordinator Jake Reitan will be the emcee.


      Other weekend activities include:


      ¨       October 9-10, (Thurs-Fri) Soulforce local group grassroots training - Wyndam Inn on Candler Mt. Road .

      ¨       October 10 at 7pm , (Fri. night) Soulforce Nonviolence trainingFirst Christian Church, 3019 Rivermont Ave.

      ¨       October 12 at 8am, (Sunday morning) Vigil and blessing of families in front of Falwell’s church – Thomas Road Baptist Church .


      Sponsors include: Al-Fatiha (GLBTQI Muslims), Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Catawba Valley PFLAG, Dontamend.com, Equality Virginia, Family Pride Coalition, First Christian Church (Lynchburg), First Light Ministries, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Hickory, NC - PFLAG, Interfaith Working Group, Lambda Rising Bookstore, Log Cabin Republican Club of Virginia, Love Makes a Family, Inc., Lynchburg PFLAG, Marriage Equality - USA, MCC Charlottesville, New Beginnings Christian Church of Richmond, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge, Remnant Worship Group, Roanoke – 7, Soulforce, Inc., Virginia NOW, Virginia Organizing Project - Lynchburg Chapter, Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club, World Congress of GLBT Jews, and more added daily.


      MEDIA VISUALS: Throughout the weekend, participants will carry large photographs of same-gender couples and their families.  A blessing of couples and families will take place outside Thomas Road Baptist Church on Sunday during services.


      Soulforce is a national interfaith movement committed to ending spiritual violence perpetuated by religious policies and teachings against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.  We teach and employ the nonviolence principles as taught by Gandhi and King to the liberation of sexual and gender minorities.   See www.soulforce.org for more information.


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