Michael Crawford

LGBT people should not settle for "conditional freedom"

Filed By Michael Crawford | September 08, 2009 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Marriage Equality, The Movement

The 3rd Annual State of Black Gay America Summit was held in Atlanta on September 5. The summit, focused on developing an agenda for the Black LGBT community, was held as part of Atlanta Black Pride. Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, presiding bishop of Refuge Ministries/The Fellowship and founder of The City of Refuge Community Church UCC in San Francisco, delivered the keynote address.

At the summit Rev. Dr. Flunder urged the LGBT community to not accept "conditional freedom" saying

Some people have said why don't we settle for unions [rather than full marriage equality], but I call this conditional marriage. And I'm not in favor of accepting conditional freedom. We have settled for too little for too long. Why do we settle? It is ingrained in us that we are second-class citizens.

That's a message that not on Black LGBT people, but all LGBT people should take to heart.

After the jump, Rev. Dr. Flunders speech at the 2009 Creating Change Conference.

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder speaking at Creating Change Part 1

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder speaking at Creating Change Part 2

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.