Two Positive Signs

For Immediate Release, Wednesday January 20, 2010

By Affirmation Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne

Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns is pleased and excited that Annise Parker has taken the oath of  office as the mayor of Houston, TX, and that Amanda Simpson is being considered for a position in the United States Commerce Department. People selected these women for these positions based on their skills, abilities, and merit. Our secular society has made major progress in being able to accept these out Queer women into these jobs. In the recent elections in Houston, the citizens showed that Annise's being a lesbian was not a factor in their choosing her to be their mayor. Similarly, Amanda's transitioning
did not cause her removal from consideration for a governmental job. We pray that someday soon The United Methodist Church will likewise learn such wisdom in selecting its ordained clergy leaders.


As an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people, Affirmation radically reclaims the compassionate and transforming gospel of Jesus Christ by relentlessly pursuing full inclusion in the Church as we journey with the Spirit in creating God's beloved community.

Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns is an activist, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization with no official ties to The United Methodist Church.

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