Rev. Vincent Brown: Healing Requires Reflection and Accountability
In Jacksonville, FL a young LGBTQ pastor shows his pride virtually for his community this year. Without being able to celebrate Pride Month in public this year, Rev. Vincent Brown finds other ways to honor LGBTQ people - starting with his ministry.
“I wanted to make sure that our ministry was reaching the people who needed it the most and who Jesus would consider the least of these.” Brown said.
In 2017 the City Council in Jacksonville, Florida passed the #JaxHRO, which updates the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance to ensure that LGBT people are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Jacksonville is the twelfth largest city in the United States and one of the few top cities where LGBTQ people are not explicitly protected from discrimination.
While Jacksonville has had many victories, they’ve experienced great pain in the LGBTQ community. In 2018, 3 of the 22 killings of trans people in America took place in Jacksonville, Florida — the victims were all black trans women.
The city has experienced great pain together, as a community.
“It has always been LGBT vs Christian but [I am seeing] faith communities come together to show it isn’t either/or but it is both/and. We are working together and that gives me hope,” Brown said.
The pastor explains since the community has gone through so much, true healing will require reflection and accountability.
To learn more about Rev. Vincent Brown, follow him at @VincentR_Brown.