Gay Christians Find Home in Welcoming Churches 
Monday, December 12, 2011 at 07:52PM
OutFaith in Evangelical, Juanita Kirton, LGBT Ministry, Riverside Church, Welcoming Church

By Jhaneel Lockhart, City Beat - December 12, 2011

When Juanita Kirton joined the Riverside Church in Harlem in the early 1980s, she was a single mother looking for a church that would accept her not just as a black woman, but also as a lesbian. There, she found comfort in the Inspirational Choir, and in Maranatha, the church’s LGBT ministry that is made up of openly gay members as well as straight people allied with the cause.

“It took me about 10 years later before I even came out and felt comfortable in the church within my own skin,” said Kirton. “But Maranatha helped foster that and support me in that coming out process.” [Read Full Story]

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