PSR Staff Member Quoted in Article

June 7, 2013

Rev. Gwen Thomas, Coordinator of the African-American Roundtable for CLGS is quoted in an article about homophobia in the black church and depression in the LGBT community.

Below is an excerpt from the grio article:

In recent years, the impact of mental health, depression and even suicide among black men and women has become the topic of much discussion within and outside the black community.

However, it seems the realities of black gay and even bisexual men have been avoided.

Why? There does not seem to be a simple answer as to why. One possible answer is rooted in homophobia, according to Rev. Gwen Thomas, a lay minister at the Victory UCC in Stone Mountain, GA.

Coordinator of the African-American Roundtable for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion explains it this way.

“The black community instills a strong value of respect and love for elders; especially as it relates to the church,” she told theGrio. “I believe that because the black church has often taken such a fierce stance against same gender expression and same gender love, many brothers live closeted, or under guilt and shame because they do not want to disrespect the church.”