Sadly, for many years, religion has been one of the excuses that hateful people have used to shame and discriminate against the LGBTQ community. This is still a problem all over the world, which should not be taken lightly, but luckily, times are beginning to change, even among religious people.
Last year, during the annual Pride parade in Marikina, in the Philippines, Christians gathered to show their support, holding up signs that apologized for the pain that religion has caused to the LGBTQ community.
Jamilah Salvador was one of the people marching when the Christian group joined the parade.
“My heart really felt light upon seeing them. I stopped when I saw them and read all of their messages and immediately felt goosebumps all over my body, then my tears started to build up,” Salvador told CBS News.
Christians showed up to a gay pride parade and showed their apologies for how they are treated by the church. pic.twitter.com/HlUtwsaKJn
— Gay And Proud (; (@godlovesg4ys) July 20, 2013
Some of the signs said things like, “I’ve rejected and hurt your family in the name of ‘family values.‘” Others had messages like, “God loves you, so do we,” and “I used to be a Bible-banging homophobe Sorry!!”
Salvador said that some people in the crowd “started bursting into tears upon seeing the signs. Some hugged and talked to these Christians. Some took photos, like what I did, and others just stood there in awe.”
Salvador posted some photos of the event to her Twitter page and they quickly went viral all over the world.
The kind gesture was organized by the Church of Freedom in Christ Ministries (FICM), an Evangelical and Pentecostal church in Makati, Philippines, according to BuzzFeed News.
The best thing I have seen for Pride March 2018 ❤️
— Kohlin (@AcetylKohlin) June 30, 2018
Val Paminiani, the pastor of the church, explained that his organization’s “I’m Sorry” campaign has been going on for about five years now.
“I used to believe that God condemns homosexuals, but when I studied the Scriptures, especially the ones that we call ‘clobber Scriptures’ that are being cherry-picked from the Bible to condemn LGBT people, I realized that there’s a lot to discover, including the truth that God is not against anyone. God does not discriminate against people based on gender,” Paminiani said.
Over 5000 people have downloaded our free ebook “Growth Hacking Tips And Rituals For Optimal Living” CLICK HERE to get your free copy now
“We pray that more and more Christians will act, speak, and love the LGBT people like Jesus would,” he added.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national LGBTQ civil rights organization:
“For some Americans, it is the only occasion where they can be out and proud in their community. Pride festivals and parades are a celebration of the progress the LGBTQ community has made… Also a time to recognize the distance we still have to go to achieve full equality.”