Last night, scores of couples, families and individuals attended the Fifth Annual Hampton Roads LGBTQSI Interfaith Group’s Pride week celebration at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk.
Temperatures inside the church soared, as did the messages of hope, inclusion and celebration offered by leaders of the Hampton Roads faith community. The interactive service included a slideshow demonstrating the triumphs and challenges posed to the LGBTQSI community in the past year, song, use of a closed door as a metaphor to look at our past as it will inform future actions. Faith leaders also offered words of hope and praise and challenged the LGBTQSI community to find ways to work together and care for one another, especially among marginalized groups such as the elderly, transgender, youth and queer persons of color.
This celebration was organized by the Hampton Roads LGBTQSI Interfaith Group that consists of the following houses of worship:
- All God’s Children, Norfolk
- HR Center for Spiritual Living, Norfolk
- New Life Metropolitan Community Church, Norfolk
- Open Arms Ministries, Norfolk
- Pagans of Hampton Roads
- People of Faith for Equality in Virginia
- St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk
- The Great Awakening UCC, Portsmouth
- Unitarian Church of Norfolk
- Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula, Newport News
- Warwick UCC, Newport News