Local church spreads pro-gay posters to combat homophobia
Messages supporting the LGBTQ+ community are popping up around Edmonton days after homophobic messages were posted on bus shelters and poster boards.
The anti-gay posters included contact information to some local churches – one of which is responding with accepting messages.
Days after homophobic flyers were posted w/ church contacts, one church putting up posters spreading acceptance. #yeg #lgbtq #loveislove pic.twitter.com/4x1FkxOOP9— Angela Jung (@AngelaJungCTV) July 16, 2017
“We were really concerned that churches were being presented as anti-gay and our church doesn’t agree with that,” St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Reverend Mark Chiang told CTV News on Sunday. “We’re hoping this poster lets those who are gay know that there were churches that love and support them and let Christians know that.”
A man who attends the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church came up the idea to counter those homophobic posters with something positive.
“It was a natural reaction for me to say, ‘Let’s come up with our posters with something more positive’,” Brian Gold said.
"I'm concerned when I see homophobic statements like that. If we allow [them] to go unchallenged, it just fosters more hate,"@mdrchiang #yeg pic.twitter.com/6DCWyP321G— Angela Jung (@AngelaJungCTV) July 16, 2017
With files from Angela Jung