“I fear for those living in fear and isolation from the cost of being who God designed them to be.”
Celebrating Pride Month With Gratitude
This is one of my favourite times of the year. Not only is June the month that I was born, it is also LGBTQ2 Pride Month. Starting now, a series of celebrations kicks off acknowledging progress made possible by strong advocacy within communities and governments around the world.
During Pride Month, I remember that I have a community. It reminds me that LGBTQ2 pride has a history fought for by millions before me (Stonewall riots, Matthew Shepard, etc.). It is also a time to examine progress, both year-to-year, and by decade. So much has changed!
Remembering That There Is Also Pain
LGBTQ2 Pride Month is not experienced as a celebration by all. For some, this is a month of increased isolation and pain. Coming out carries the risk of rejection and emotional punishment by friends, family, and church.
It is also important to remember that many individuals live in fear of their physical safety, and life, just for being gay.
- Homosexuality is punishable by death in Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Mauritania, and United Arab Emirates.
In today’ episode, I share my own complicated emotions about spiritual isolation over the past 30 years. As a Catholic, I am welcomed to Mass, but firmly rejected for being married to someone of the same sex, no matter how pure, true, or heart felt my relationship is.
For me, LGBTQ2 Pride Month is about acknowledging the spiritual isolation that many experience. While some say, “Just find another church,” it is important to remember that structured religious indoctrination in childhood, leads to a belief that all other expressions of faith are firmly illegitimate.
LGBTQ Crisis Resources
If you find yourself in crisis, please reach out to the following resources also found on our Guide page:
- The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
- oSTEM Crisis Hotline: Txt – 1-313-662-8209
- Trans Lifeline: (USA) – 1-877-565-8860, or (CAN) 1-877-330-6366
- GLBT National Help Centre Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743
- Fenway Health Helpline: 1-888-340-4528
- Prism Services of Vancouver British Columbia: 604-331-8900
- QMunity – Vancouver British Columbia: 604-684-5307