GLIDE Pride – Affirming Life and Love

by Pastor Karen Oliveto


Pride 2012 was a wonderful celebration as GLIDE took to the streets with great joy and enthusiasm.  Marching participants included small children to some of our older members, people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, classes, and abilities. As a result, GLIDE was a beautiful tapestry of the diversity found in the human family.

GLIDE Staff Member, Rachel Carroll (right), with her partner (left) and daughter (middle) marching with the GLIDE contingent. I am COMPASSIONATE, I am AWESOME, I am FABULOUS.

The LGBTQ community has come a long way since being forced to hide for fear of attack or arrest.  Ever since the Stonewall riots of 1969, LGBTQ persons have been emerging from closets, living open and honest lives.  Last Sunday that freedom and liberation was felt not only in San Francisco but around the world.

The parade glitter was hardly swept from our city streets when news broke about a teen lesbian couple who had been shot in a park in Texas. Mollie Olgin, 19, died from a gunshot to the neck while her girlfriend, Mary Chapa, 18, remains in a hospital from a gunshot to the head.

Mary Chapa (left), Mollie Olgin (right)

The world is still a dangerous place for LGBTQ people. Whether being bullied in schools, facing discrimination in employment, or violent attack, the lives and loves of LGBTQ people are still under attack.

It is why a place like GLIDE is so important. Here, we preach a message that love is stronger than hate, freedom is stronger than oppression, and justice will always prevail. It is why, each Sunday, people of diverse backgrounds gather to affirm life and love together: no one is unworthy, no life should be lived on the margins.

May we live lives that continue to seek justice and liberation for everyone, so that couples like Millie and Mary will be able to have their love grow in an environment of affirmation and safety.

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One comment on “GLIDE Pride – Affirming Life and Love
  1. Laura says:

    Thank you, Glide, for continually serving as an example of how to live life with compassion, respect, and love for ALL.

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#BryanStevenson and Rev. Cecil Williams came together last night at the @jccsf. These two people know very well the "power of proximity," having dedicated their lives to working for and with some of the most disenfranchised individuals and communities in our country. Despite the pain of violence and injustice, they stress the importance of staying #hopeful and loving. "It is the broken among us that know and appreciate the power of compassion."--Bryan Stevenson @eji_org @artsjccsf @supersoul @nyulaw @glidesflegacy @harvardlaw @randomhouse #justmercy #unconditionallove Maya Angelou and Isabel Allende join a Sunday Celebration at GLIDE in January 1996. Check out the 2nd installment of our #womenshistorymonth blog series (link in profile) to learn about some of the amazing #WomenOfGLIDE who keep this place runnin' and thrivin'! @glidesflegacy #mayaangelou @allendeisabel @oprahmagazine @sfchronicle @tenderloinmuseum GLIDE on the Move: A Sacramento Day of Action! Click the link in our profile to learn more about why GLIDE supports #SB54, "The California Values Act"! #nobannowall #sanctuary #nomassdeportations @feliciahorowitz @michaelfranti @msmichellearce @ninjagaiden78 @wholefoodssanfrancisco @zendesk @mglide @amygardner9 @glidesflegacy @bewhatspossible @tndcsf @codetenderloin @tenderloinmuseum @laurenbennettsmith The SF Board of Supervisors Rocks! GLIDE sends a special shout-out to the SF Board of Supervisors President, @londonbreed, and our District 6 Supervisor, @supejanekim, for their swift response to our call to help. When a water pressure problem threatened GLIDE's ability to serve the 2000 meals needed daily by our community, these stellar Supervisors got the problem fixed overnight! Much love and gratitude to the SF Board of Supervisors for being great partners in serving our communities! #localgov #publicservice

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