BISHOP ALLYSON D. NELSON ABRAMS by Donald JamesThis article is part two in a series exploring sexual relationships in the African American clergy. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 was not a typical day of worship for Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams. For the first time in more than five years, she no longer stood in the pulpit as pastor of Zion Progress Baptist Church, near downtown Detroit, to preach one of her patented fiery sermons that the congregation had become accustom to hearing.
LZ GRANDERSON (CNN) — Winamac, Indiana,is pretty much how it sounds. Small — home to fewer than 2,500 people–rural, and it has more churches than libraries, schools and liquor stores. About 20 minutes north is a similar town by the name of Knox. This is where Thomas Lee Bridegroom was born. And just on the edge of Winamac — between West Main and West Adams — is a small cemetery by the name of Crown Hill. This is where he is buried.
Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams by Donald James Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams, outgoing secretary of the Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors, is a Christian spiritual leader, national speaker, theological teacher and author who has built a strong reputation in African American faith-based communities around Detroit and across the nation. For more than five years, she has served as pastor of Zion Progress Baptist Church, located in downtown Detroit. On Friday, October 18, 2013, Bishop Abrams officially stepped down as pastor. Abrams’ decision to leave Zion Progress is based on the revelation she made to her congregation on Oct. 6. She announced that she is now in a same-sex marriage.
RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—As it is written, “there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”—Proverbs 14:12What an appropriate statement to describe the continued denigration of the moral fabric of American society. I am fed up with everyone trying to be accommodating of homosexuals when they refuse to reciprocate towards those who disagree with them. Let me explain.
by Nick Valencia (CNN) — WWE superstar wrestler Darren Young publicly came out as gay during an unplanned interview with the news entertainment website TMZ late Wednesday. He is thought to be the first openly gay wrestler in the organization –which is the premier professional wrestling company — according to a tweet by WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A gospel singer who says God delivered him from being gay did not perform at a concert at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington after gay rights activists complained.
In this Aug. 3, 2013 photo, Dwayne Jones’ transgendered friend and roommate, Keke, poses for a photo in kitchen of the home they shared on the northern outskirts of Montego Bay, Jamaica. (AP Photo/David McFadden) by David McFaddenAssociated Press Writer MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.
(CNN) — At 32, I barely qualify as a millennial. I wrote my first essay with a pen and paper, but by the time I graduated from college, I owned a cell phone and used Google as a verb. I still remember the home phone numbers of my old high school friends, but don’t ask me to recite my husband’s without checking my contacts first. I own mix tapes that include selections from Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but I’ve never planned a trip without Travelocity. Despite having one foot in Generation X, I tend to identify most strongly with the attitudes and the ethos of the millennial generation, and because of this, I’m often asked to speak to my fellow evangelical leaders about why millennials are leaving the church.
American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Witold J. Walczak speaks alongside many of the 23 men, women and children who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, during a Capitol news conference, Tuesday, July 9, in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy) by Marc Levy Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Civil rights lawyers filed the first known legal challenge Tuesday on behalf of 23 men, women and children seeking to overturn a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn’t allow it or civil unions.