A space to help others
It is difficult not to be moved by the daily scenes that have preceded the pandemic and have intensified in recent years, especially in this country[ Columbia]. The images of men, women, and children, homeless and fleeing from the Venezuelan political regime, is constantly present in our streets, on the highways, in the terminals[bus stops], or at the supermarket exit. This scene occurs so often that it has become part of the urban landscape.
The suffering of humans who demand mercy and grace to continue to survive can also be captured with minimal effort. This present tragedy is the reality for so many who are invisible to society. Just as these individuals do not have a place to call home, many in the LGBTQ+ community find themselves in these spaces socially and emotionally.
Within the walls of the chapels, being homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or any other identity is also part of our human tragedy; historically, religion has demonized sex or its manifestations, and some actors have not hesitated to insert poison into texts considered sacred by Christianity, just to perpetuate hatred and make everyday life reprehensible. These differences are usually hidden away and eventually made visible, with heinous consequences that follow. There may be bishops or leaders wanting to be understanding, but condemnation prevails from the leadership in higher authority.
The ones that these [ spaces] that Affirmation usually occupies are often devoid of this kind of judgment, and as a result, there may be some willing to criticize and condemn this solemn mission. Understandably, our organization will only sometimes have precise and tailored tools. Still, the simple fact that being present as a reference for hope increases the chance of saving lives and, as such, is already an essential milestone in your search for freedom and acceptance.
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