I’ve gone back to lighting good solidly built pull-out candles for GLBT folks who are still worn down and heavy laden by needless shame, bad preaching and teaching, bad laws and bigotry. This one is tender pink, dressed with with all sorts of balmy blessing herbs — and then rolled in Fiery Wall of Protection and black wax. So, yes, a reversing candle.
The great civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin — who was also a gay man — watches over the work.
Behind the flame is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; off screen is Frederick Douglass.
You will also note that there are two little pictures of Jesus nearby; and he had precisely bupkes to say about homosexuality.
I’ll be burning this for an hour or so each night — that way it will last for at least two weeks, maybe longer. My nightly prayer is: Console and guard the living, and avenge the dead. And it would be wonderful if I had some names, the names of real people, to put under this candle.
And it’s not just the civil rights movement that owes a huge debt of gratitude to LGBT people:
“It’s hard to have any conversation about this brilliant cultural production — gospel music — without affirming the prominent role that same-gender-loving people have played and continue to play.”