A planned gay pride picnic in the heart of Harlem has put local church leaders in a tizzy, with one pastor vowing his family won’t leave the house on that day.
“If children start to believe it is okay to be gay, they will think it’s okay to be a pedophile or have sex with animals,” said Dr. Ronald Ferguson, the senior pastor at Antioch Church of God on W. 124th St. “It’s a slippery slope.”
Ferguson, who has three adult children and four grandkids, said he expects parishioners to follow his lead and stay indoors when the second annual Harlem Pride event arrives June 24.
“This gay pride nonsense is an abomination,” Ferguson told the Daily News. “God does not want to see homosexuals in our parks.”
A) Yes, he really said something that stupid.
B) Oh no, he’s locking himself in his house for the day. What a terrible loss to society that will be.
C) Here’s a picture from Harlem Pride 2010, with the handsomest man in all creation in the middle.
Harlem Pride’s weekend-long celebration, from June 24 to 26, includes a barbecue, bowling and a dance party. The park party is the only event located in a public area.
Despite the verbal assault from Harlem’s black churches, [Harlem Pride President Carmen Neely] has no intention of backing down.
“I want the gay and lesbian people of uptown to have a celebration of our own,” she said. “This will be different than the events in the West Village because it will be filled with people of color.”
Neely insists the event is for everyone – including children.
“I realize the church plays a big role in the black community,” Neely said, “but we’re people, too, and deserve our day in the sun.”
Kudos to Carmen Neely and the Harlem Pride team for doing this. We are everywhere, in every race, every ethnicity, every neighborhood, and yes, every church.
The world will be a better place when people finally understand and embrace that.
In response to the Daily News article published on Thursday, June 2nd 2011, we would like to express our gratitude for the outpouring of support we received.
We feel honored as we pursue our mission to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and same gender loving pride in Harlem and to provide opportunities for networking and communication among its LGBT & SGL organizations and community members.
We hope you, your friends and family will join us on Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Marcus Garvey Park from 12pm to 6pm as we celebrate Harlem Pride 2011.
The Harlem Pride, Inc. Board of Directors