On Saturday, March 28, 2015, I had the pleasure and privilege to speak to a small conference of LGBT and ally community organizers in Gastonia, N.C. Organized by Gaston Has Heart, it was Gaston County’s first local LGBT community organizing and education conference. I was honored to be asked to deliver the closing keynote speech.
The audio is about 36 minutes or so long. Listen to the remarks below.
I‘m sharing it with you in case you missed the event and also because I believe my remarks carry an important message — to change our communities and our world, we must share our stories. We must become, much as our opponents are, evangelists — for our lived truths and, as I say in my remarks, for a truer, more accurate Gospel of Christ’s radical love and affirmation, taking this message directly to the people who would seek to use the word of God as a weapon against us, instead of a tool of affirmation and inclusion.
[Pictured right: My friend Mel’s Instagram while I was speaking.]
But, a note: This was perhaps the first time in as many as eight or so years that I was asked to speak at length in a keynote speech-style setting. I’m rusty. Very rusty. And I was a bit nervous. So, excuse all that. 🙂
Thanks again to the organizers for inviting me to speak, share my own story and impart some of my ideas on those gathered.
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