I am retired clergy.

— I post on Facebook in support during pride month and all year long

Where would this world be without the gifted and talented members of the LGBTQ community who bring such beautiful gifts to our lives?

By Rev. Richard Ryan, Sellersburg, Indiana.

I frequently get comments asking me how and why I support PRIDE as a retired clergy and person of deep faith.

I share for my children, some whom identify as LGBTQ-plus, and I love them deeply. I post my support on social media for my LGBTQ niece, multiple cousins and my close personal friends. I post for the child in the pew who is horrified and filled with terror the first time they hear the pastor say they’re going to burn hell for something they can’t change. I share for the many talented church musicians I’ve known whose God given gifts were tossed aside when it was found that they loved someone of the same sex. I share for my friend’s son who was told after years of serving, that could no longer work with with the youth at church because he was gay. For the youth (and adults) of the church I served in Corydon, Indiana who were gay and two who were transgender, who suffered in silence.

I post for the woman who left my sales team because of my LGBTQ support, who shared that reason with the company president, not knowing the company president had a gay son. I post for my LGBTQ team leaders at work who are without a doubt the kindest and best of the best. I post for my LGBTQ church family who worship God along side me each Sunday at Highland Baptist. And I post for my dear friend and talented singer who died way to early because he couldn’t tell his church family that he was gay for fear of their rejection.

I post hoping to make a difference. I post hoping that the love of GOD breaks through hardened hearts and we realize that we are all God’s children, diverse and proud of who God created us to be. Where would this world be without the gifted and talented members of the LGBTQ community who bring such beautiful gifts to our lives?

Many have a deep faith in the same God as you do. We all want to be loved just as we are, without having to hide who we are and who God made us to be.

And, I post for the parents of LGBTQ-plus who fear their children will be abused in this world.

Yes, I post proudly for PRIDE and will throughout the year for all these children of God.

I believe God is big enough and generous enough to share the rainbow and celebrate the diversity of his children.

Yes, I post. Proudly.

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