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Lesbians Kiss to Protest Homophobic Preacher at Pride Parade

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During the LGBTQ Pride Parade in Auckland, New Zealand things get very gay.

According to The Sun, nearly 7,000 people were gathered at the annual Pride parade earlier this month. As seen in a video, a Christian preacher decided to stand in the middle of the city square and order attendees to “repent their sins.”

Phillip Blair, a controversial preacher at the Torch of Christ Ministries Church who went viral last year when he filmed himself shouting antigay messages on a Sydney train, can be heard saying at the parade: "You are controlled by the devil,” and “Today, you can receive Christ in your heart.”

The message didn’t sit well with two young queer women, who took the opportunity to protest the preacher by kissing in front of him.

Ultimately, a swarm of LGBTQ people surrounded the women in support.

The video was originally posted to YouTube by Torch of Christ Ministries Church, who wrote in the caption: “We preached the gospel of Jesus Christ and repentance while also telling people they are loved and cared about. We did our best to approach people with the fruit of the Spirit while also standing firm on God's truth.”

The caption continued, “Many people did very vile and lewd sexual acts on the camera while later having a conversation with us because of the conviction of sin that set in. We bared our hearts, left everything on the altar to the Lord, and we pray that He is glorified by our obedience. Thank you for your prayers.”

According to the Mirror Online, LGBTQ attendees and their allies began drowning out Blair’s homophobic rhetoric by screaming: “We’re here! We’re queer! Get used to it.”

Eventually, Blair was asked to leave by policemen as the crowd cheered his exit. 

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