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Churches must make it safe to come out as LGBT and HIV-positive

Rev. Kenneth SamuelThis weekend people will fill the pews all over this nation. Among the many lives represented in our places of worship and congregations, there will be countless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, many of them people of color, whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

While the disease has devastated our communities for over 30 years, many of us have drawn on our faith, hope and dedication to spiritual principles that call us to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.” Our faith calls us to action.

As the members of President Obama’s Administration come to Atlanta today for the White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS, it is important to look deeply at the havoc the disease has caused, and how the black and LGBT communities are in this decades-long fight together.