Carolina lavender

by on February 21, 2009  •  In Religion

I confess to a prodigal daughter's fascination with what is happening in the home state that I left / escaped from many years ago.  This weekend, it seems, there's practically a gay god-a-thon in North Carolina. The cure-the-gays "Love Won Out" folks will be gathering at Charlotte's Central Church of God, while the ain't-nothing-to-cure "Truth Wins Out" team will host an event across town at the Unitarian-Universalist Church. Meanwhile, and noticeably not at a church (who can blame them), the Leadership Conference, an organization of faith leaders, is holding a confab at the Omni. I wonder if they'll all run into each other – the gays, the ex-gays, the ex ex-gays – in the bars on Saturday night. After, that is, the HRC Carolinas dinner.

From the Charlotte Observer

A battle for gay souls is unfolding in Charlotte this week. One faith-based conference is trying to turn people away from homosexuality and another faith-based conference teaches that homosexuals can have happy, healthy spiritual lives. Also, the 14th annual Human Rights Campaign Carolinas gala is Saturday at the Charlotte Convention Center. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., will be the keynote speaker. All of this is going down less than a week after Charlotte Presbyterians voted to end the ban on gay clergy.

UPDATE: You can watch Sen. Hagan's speech here.

The Focus on the Family's Love Won Out [conference] at the Central Church of God caters to people who want to overcome their sexuality as well as to family members of GLBT people. About 1,000 people are expected. Workshops include examining homosexuality, GLBT clergy, pro-gay theology and gay marriage.  “It's a message of hope and encouragement,” said Melissa Fryrear, of Love Won Out, who said she used to be gay.

Gay activists planned counter events and a rally to offer an alternative view of homosexuality and faith. Wayne Besen, director of and author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-gay Myth,” will speak at the Lesbian & Gay Community Center.

Support from the faith community is the goal of the Leadership Conference, the other faith-based gathering this week. At least 250 faith leaders from GLBT friendly churches will participate in the annual Leadership Conference gathering. It opened Wednesday and ends Saturday at the Omni Hotel uptown. Participants are typically church members and leaders from area Metropolitan Community Churches, the Fellowship, and Unity Fellowship churches. Sessions are designed to spiritually and emotionally bolster faith leaders who cater to the GLBT communities.


One Response to Carolina lavender

  1. queerunity February 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    there should be a conference for gays, ex-gays, and ex-ex gays, it would make for a good story.

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