On June 28, 1969, the New York City Police Department raided a bar frequented by people who were gay, lesbian, and transgender. The raid was not unusual. Homosexual conduct was illegal in every state (but Illinois) and police would often raid places known to serve people in the LGBTQ community. What was unusual was that the people fought back, resisting unjust oppression and abuse from authorities. A riot broke out that lasted several days.

The following year and every year since a parade has been held in June to commemorate the LGBTQ+ community standing up for themselves.

FAQs About Jesus, the Bible, and the LGBTQ+ Community is a document authored by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles designed to answer some of the more frequently asked questions you may have about The Episcopal Church’s position. It certainly won’t answer all of them, but it is meant as a conversation starter, not a mandate.

I hope you will take a few minutes to download and read the FAQ. And please let me know if you have any further questions.

—Fr. Jason Shelby, Rector