Each person is made in God’s image. Every one. Each straight, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, asexual, intersex person is divine. We've known love is love is love for as long as we've been doing ministry on 7th Street and Second Avenue. We celebrate Love.Period. all year. We opened our doors to the HIV/AIDS community in the late 1980s offering hot meals and funerals. We organized to change ordination laws in the Reformed Church of America. We took our faith to streets in support of marriage equality in New York State, and the first Sunday after marriage equality was legal in New York State, we held a triple gay wedding during worship. We worked for the federal marriage equality law and were at Stonewall, speaking, cheering, and singing when it was passed.
At Middle, we recognize that Pride is a year-round celebration. So while we have long featured a beautiful Pride float, we also offer a host of year-round opportunities to rejoice in queer community.
And we certainly aren't going to let COVID prevent us from celebrating queer folks and learning more about LGBTQIA+ theology!
Here's a video we produced this June, Queer Faith: In Our Own Words, that lifts up the lived experience of a variety of LGBTQIA+ people of faith.
We also know that the particularities of our identities, and their intersections, are important! That's why we created our Queer Black Men in the Middle small group, to address that particular lived experience. If you're a queer Black man and would like to join, email Keith Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the year, join our LGBTQIA+ group, Middle Out Loud. Email Elise Tiralli, email@example.com to receive updates about events.