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Rockford takes on anti-gay church

GLN permalink 10-2-2010

Saturday afternoon September 25, dozens of gay-rights protestors claimed the busy intersection in front of Rockford First church to call attention to the harm being done inside. In some of fall's first cool temperatures and drizzle, the group held vigil for over two hours as Exodus International's Love Won Out program conferenced hundreds inside. Gay Liberation Network and gay rights activists in Rockford organized the protest attended by McHenry County PFLAG and local group EMBRACE.

As the Rockford NBC and CBS affiliates quoted local activist Kayt Free, "There's nothing wrong with being gay; it's not something that needs to be cured and if you want to talk about God, God made us perfect and there's nothing that needs to be cured."

The Church's response to the protest was a statement that they were helping people with "unwanted" same-sex attractions. Exodus International is the leading organization for the ex-gay movement and bases its teaching on biblical literalism.

The protesters were motivated by the depression and suicides that LGBTs, particularly youth, have suffered as a result of the Exodus program. "The Church's claims of 'unwanted' sexuality are only propagated by the Church's and society's teachings and bigotry. We LGBT need to respond to these attacks directly for the sake of our community" said Brent Holman-Gomez, member of Gay Liberation Network.



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