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Religion

The relationship between religion and LGBTQ+ individuals can be fraught with challenges due to differing beliefs, interpretations of religious texts and societal attitudes. LGBTQ+ people often struggle to reconcile their identity with their faith. Faith communities in Lynn have both shunned and supported the LGBTQ+ community. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church held Tuesday night dinners to support HIV positive people in the 1990s, advocated for marriage equality in 2003 and sponsored an LGBTQ+ youth group in 2015. First Lutheran Church held an Ecumenical AIDS Service in 1995 and marched in Boston’s Pride parade.

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Parents had bad experiences with the Catholic church.

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We were not religious but went to church.

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My parents were like born again Christians.

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We grew up Catholic.

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It's not like religious here in America

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My mother was having this affair with a priest.

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I was a super, super spiritual kid.

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Being queer was not reconcilable with being a Christian.

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I knew then that God didn't hate me.

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Dad's priest said they aren't doing anything wrong.

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47 Central, best church I'd ever been to.

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Kids thrown out by religious families.

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Be explicit about being in solidarity with LGBTQ folk.

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Mama D transitioned into Pastor Donna.

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There was all these things she couldn't do.

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My Phoenix Rising church didn't survive COVID.

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First suicide attempt

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I was indoctrinated into being an altar boy.

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My religious walk started on my niece's death.

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My mother was disillusioned with the Episcopal Church.

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Gays were ousted and shunned.

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Illness means you have sin in your life.

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My whole family is deeply religious.

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We thought we were condemned to be alone.

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I considered an ex-gay ministry.

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That struggle was also playing out in my own mind and heart.

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I was so in love with the nuns.

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God means everything to me.

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My shame and guilt were strong.

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God's will is for the well being of all people and of all beings.

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My other mama is picking me up.

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We belong to God and each other.

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If you're gay, you're going to hell.

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