I don’t identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender so what do I have to “disclose?”
A lot, actually!
I really can’t claim to be an ally if I choose to keep my mouth shut and live in the relative comfort of my heterosexual privilege while others are systematically and categorically excluded.
As people of faith we are called to do justice.
We’re called to speak out when we find ourselves in family, faith, political or cultural systems that diminish any part of God’s creation.
We’re called to speak up for those whose voices, gifts, and very personhood have been marginalized and excluded.
We’re called to speak honestly about our human tendencies toward self-righteousness, judgment and division.
We’re called to speak above the institutional clatter and angst with words of grace and love.
We’re called to speak beyond the short-sighted fearfulness of our current realities toward the expansive and life-giving possibilities of the peaceable kingdom.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
What do I have to disclose?