The recent VH1 segment, Out in Hip Hop: What Happens When Your Church Doesn’t Accept You; and the recently released BET documentary, Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church reminded me of what I hear over and over again from Black LGBTQ people who experience a loss of connection to the essential social/spiritual network of support that faith communities provide.

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they’ve known all their lives.

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