Local church holding vigil, standing by LGBTQ community

Local church holding vigil, standing by LGBTQ community

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The local support for those in Orlando continues to rise, many vigils have already been planned.

One church in the Permian Basin has declared to stand by the LGBTQ community.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Midland is horrified and saddened by the Orlando massacre.
Church leaders said they are using this vigil to recommit to standing on the side of love for the LGBT community, like they have been for decades.

Unitarian Universalist Church said having a vigil was an easy decision after learning about the shooting in Orlando.
Reverend Emily Wright-Magoon said not only are they wanting to end homophobia but racism as well.

"Pulse Nightclub was targeted on their Latino night. So, we see this active hate not only as homophobia but racism. We know LGBTQ people of color are particularly affected by homophobia," said Magoon.

The church is aware there is a possibility of people unhappy with their decision to support the LGBTQ community, Magoon said they stand by their decision. If it happens they'll face it with love and peace.

"We are them, we are straight,  gay, lesbian, bisexual," said Magoon. "We need places where we can all be fully accepted, not just tolerated but accepted and actively included."

The Unitarian Universalist church fears this tragedy will spark Islam-a-phobia and hopes they can help the community with that anger as well.

"Violence cannot be met with more violence and hate, but must be met with peace and love. We see all oppressions as interconnected," said Magoon.

UU's vigil is scheduled for Thursday night at 7, everyone of all religions are welcomed. The vigil in include a moment of silence, readings, prayers and more. UU is located at 3301 Neely Ave. in Midland. For more information visit www.uumidland.org

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