Signs of hope, omens of goodness

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By Deirdre Pike

We like to believe the world can be a better place; sometimes it seems possible

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death.”

— Anne Frank

In 2008, local research was released by the Social Planning and Research Council on Hamilton’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) community. One of the findings showed only 41 per cent of LGBTQ people felt comfortable being out in their faith communities. What seems to be most surprising about this statistic to many people isn’t that so few of us are open about our sexual orientation where we gather to pray, but that we actually attend traditional places of worship.

Contrary to some popular thinking, many of us are faith-filled people. It’s true. We live in hope. I’m sure all LGBTQ people live in hope in some way, shape or form, or else we wouldn’t have the kind of resilience that it takes to live in a world where we are still despised by so many.

Despised is a strong word, I know, but there are strong realities of hatred facing LGBTQ people around the world today, and even in what we think is progressive and liberal North America.

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Article Source:  The Hamilton Spectator

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