The at large efforts of politicians on the far right that are based on shared perspectives within organized religion, often look beyond select sins to bash homosexuality. Now mind you, the holy bible used in the justification process restricts women from having a voice, opinion or any ruling whatsoever in the church (“the assembling”), according to I Corinthians 14:34-35. The same bible–in Exodus 20:14, condemns the common heterosexual practice of adultery. Fornication–consensual sex between two unmarried people, to which the bible also condemns in numerous scriptures, is referred to as “idolatry” in Revelation 18:3. Ask nearly any parishioner about fornication and he or she will almost always tell you the church has no problem with this far less offensive to “their god” practice! And can you imagine how many slave owners here in the USA referenced Ephesians 6:5, which tells slaves “to remain faithful to their masters?”
To the church, much of this nomenclature has been reconciled as a sign of times past. Rightfully so, many could question the passing of the torch as a safe practice to avoid conflict and discontent among female parishioners. After all, women have always been and remain the predominant body of the church. Mess with them and you run the risk of greatly interrupting the flow of tithes and offerings—as quiet as that’s kept.
But while “Casting not away your confidence,” as Hebrews 10:35 says, “which has a great reward of recompense (compensation),” and guarding your heart from the hateful rhetoric of others, since Proverbs 4:23 tells us that “For out of it flows the issues (or springs) of life,” —LGBT communities throughout the USA and abroad turn the other cheek and stand their ground to celebrate life and living, with Pride.
Colorful in its origin, the Pride season here at home runs from March through November. To most, it’s the closest comparison to the Carnivale season in New Orleans and many countries abroad, where within that brief timeframe of the Lenten season, almost any and every-thing goes.
A quick click on this link will take you to the International Federation of Black Prides. There you can review and consider the destinations and events that best resonate with your domestic summer travel plans and budget.
But are you one to think outside of the box? If you’re willing to venture out a little further this year or next, the aqua blue beauty of the Caribbean is a must see, must do for every man and woman on the planet. The people are as warm as the weather, as beautiful as the awe inspiring tranquility of the sea, and as happy as a fat kid eating cake.
When the weather is warm here, it’s at least as warm and humid there. Translation: Less clothes to reveal more skin and a significant drop in hotel rates. So stay up on the gym if you want to give them body.
If that sounds good, keep reading our hot list of gay fun and friendly favorites throughout the Caribbean islands…
Wherever you chose to vacation this summer, remember to always spend your dollars with pride.