By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com October 13 2013 7:54 PM ET
Many Voices, a group working for LGBTQ rights from within black churches, has launched a video campaign aimed at shedding light on the presence of gay and transgender people in the black Christian community.
The first video went online Friday for National Coming Out Day, and a new video will be released weekly until the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20. The first features Bishop Tonyia Rawls, founding pastor of Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte in North Carolina.
Discussing Unity, Rawls says in the video, “I heard that God is love, and love is for everyone. And there was something about that, when hearing that spoken by a man who was reverend, and gay, and unapologetic. I just never knew there could be such a thing. And then to go these congregations and see people coming in with their families who were same-gender-loving people, or to see the trans man or woman show up and not have to be afraid — I had found home.”
GLAAD is working with Many Voices on the campaign. Read more about it here, and watch Rawls’s video below.