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LETTER Response to hate
2019-10-30

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Dear Editor:

God's presence is always reflected in us. As a person of faith, I believe in Jesus Christ.

No wonder this generation is starving for the community, connection and relationship when we see attacks on people of color and the trans community. We want to be truly seen as fully human. I believe in a God who is trustworthy, a God who is faithful and a God who requires more from each and every one of us.

The LGBTQ community's hunger for justice requires us to speak out and to act. Take two recent examples: how Progress Bar responded to claims of racism, and the anti-trans attack involving Women and Children First bookstore.

In both of these incidents, we saw the responses from two separate communities, but we should look at the response to hate. Our vision of the community must be inclusive and not exclusive. One community cannot paddle the canoe alone; our multiple communities must first pray for guidance, and respond in a compassionate manner.

We must learn to support each other, communicate in a respectful manner and work together.

We have our differences—and those give us the opportunity to grow and develop.

Joe Murray

Executive Director

Rainbow Sash Movement ( LGBTQ Roman Catholics )


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