Jacksonville, Florida is in the news again this week being named as one of The Advocate’s “Gayest Cities.” Pastor Valerie Williams of St. Luke’s Community Church is given some of the credit for helping to build and nurture a gay-welcoming church community. In a local news interview (Watch below), she says….
“People are shocked because Jacksonville is at the center of the Bible Belt,” calling Jacksonville a safe haven for LGBT youth and their families.
She goes on to talk about some of the kids being bullied because of their gay parents. The Advocate also points attention to Fletcher High School’s growing gay-straight alliance and the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, which aims to prevent bullying, has received an $85,000 grant from the Chartrand Foundation.
The report also points out recent data from the US Census that says that Jacksonville has the highest number of gay parents in the country. Read more about gay parenting in the recent NY Times article called “Parenting by Gays More Common in the South.”
Read the story at First Coast News: Jacksonville among the ‘Gayest Cities’ According to ‘The Advocate’ | Firstcoastnews.com | Local News.
Another gay-welcoming church mentioned in the story is Church of Christ Peace in Jacksonville.