Melissa Carter: Mainstream churches are big bullies

Have you ever thought of Sunday morning sermons that demonize the gay community as bullying? I had not until the other night.When I think of bullies, the image of kids at school often comes to mind: the ove...
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Georgia congregation cheers pastor for kicking out (gay) Boy Scouts

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Several churches in Georgia are busily kicking out Boy Scouts after the national organization said it would allow gay boys into its ranks (but still keep out those pesky adults who were at one time gay youth themselves.).

And Georgia, while it now has to accept GAYPWR, is getting some downright dismaying reactions to the pastors of these churches who are not doing what Jesus would do and turning away these young men because, well, being gay is a sin, according to their narrow minds.

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Grant Henry comes to Jesus

Grant Henry

About 25 years ago, Grant Henry had one of many come to Jesus moments.

And that moment led eventually to who he is now — owner of the popular bar, Church, located on Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward.

It is at Church that Henry’s alter ego Sister Louisa hangs her hundreds of religious-themed paintings, while a mannequin dressed as a nun, representing Sister Louisa, swings from the ceiling with her junk peeking out of her underwear.

But back to the mid 1980s.

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Someone steals Sister Louisa’s phone — and there’s a video of it

Grant Henry, the owner and "namesake" of Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, had his iPhone stolen during Sunday Service last night and is asking the public for help.

Lesbian DJ Vicki Powell (and voted Best DJ by GA Voice readers three years in a row) was holding her popular gay-friendly Sunday Service at Church (what the bar is called by its loyal parishoners, er, patrons) when Henry, who was sitting at a table in the downstairs bar area, had his phone stolen while it was sitting on the table in front of him.

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APD: No indication of ‘bias crime’ at Church break-in

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Gay-favorite Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium — known better as Church — was vandalized over the weekend, according to a report filed by the Atlanta Police Department.

According to the police report, the Edgewood Avenue bar, where lesbian DJ Vicki Powell holds regular patio parties throughout the year, was broken into sometime around 5:20 a.m. Saturday morning. Some $3,000 worth of damage was done to the bar, including several broken windows, dozens of busted liquor bottles and drained beer taps.

APD spokesperson Carlos Campos declined to offer any information on the status of the investigation, other than to say it was ongoing, but did say that investigators did not see any indication of a bias crime.

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Religion blog: ‘You are God’s child and you are not a mistake!’

My mentor of blog writing says one should never repeat a blog, but in view of some of the emails we received from young people this week at the church, I really feel a need to give this witness again.  

The pain and anguish expressed in some of the messages give me pause and the recognition that despite vast improvement for our LGBT community, it is still devastatingly hard to grow up gay.

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[Video] New single ‘Ain’t No Homos Going to Make It to Heaven’ drops at Indiana church

A four-year old boy who loves singing in church knew he had a hit on his hands when he sang 'Ain't No Homos Going to Make It to Heaven' during a recent service at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Indiana.

Not only did the adults applaud as he sang that catchy line about homos not going to heaven, they also stood up and cheered loudly, proud that they had recruited a new member to their gay-hating flock.

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Atlanta black gay blogger writes about religion in new issue of Ebony magazine

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Darian Aaron, the Atlanta award-winning blogger and author of "When Love Takes Over: A Celebration of SGL Couples of Color," discusses his religious upbringing in Alabama in the April issue of Ebony magazine that is dedicated to Whitney Houston.

"In my Bible Belt community, I'd heard plenty of anti-homosexual stories, and I didn't know anyone who was openly gay. If I had mentioned my attraction, I would have been shunned. My feelings were also at odds with what I was taught as a Christian: Being gay is a sin. Whenever I heard that message, I questioned it, because something in my core told me it wasn't true," he says in the story posted in full on his website. The story is currently not found on Ebony's website.