Black gays, lesbians are welcome at D.C. church

07/28/2009 | Washington Post, The

This article profiles Bishop Rainey Cheeks and his Inner Light Ministries in Washington, D.C., a welcoming congregation for black LGBT people. "For 16 years, it has served as a sanctuary for a small community of black gays and lesbians who say they feel shunned from all directions -- by black men and women who give them cutting looks of disapproval, by mainstream black ministers who condemn homosexuality, and by white gays who make them feel unwelcome in subtle ways, such as switching from hip-hop to country music in a club when too many black men hit the dance floor," Darryl Fears writes.

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