James Felton Keith went back to his hometown of Detroit to help rebuild the city after it went bankrupt. On his first day working in the new mayor's office, a colleague was giving him a tour of the office when two gay men walked by and were introduced. After they left, James was shocked at what he heard from his colleague:
On November 28, 2015, my spouse and I went to see Trumbo, which is based upon the life of Dalton Trumbo and how it was impacted during one of the most shameful times in U.S. history -- the McCarthy era. The film interested me because of many comparable similarities today and because the father of close childhood friends of mine had been included on the Hollywood-blacklist.
One day we'll live in a world where supporting all of our children is a no-brainer. For now, many LGBTQ+ people have to deal parents and caregivers who aren't so supportive. If this is your situation, my heart goes out to you. You deserve better. You deserve to be loved unconditionally for who you are.
As a life-long Catholic, the Lord's table remains central to my experience and understanding of the Church. As a gay Christian and ordained minister, I am deeply grateful to be part of a community of Disciples who proclaim insistently that "we welcome all to the Lord's table as the Lord has welcomed us."