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North Sulawesi church hosts discussion on LGBT support

  • Agustinus Hari

    The Jakarta Post

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Manado   /   Fri, February 7, 2020   /  09:38 am
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Tiara sat quietly on a pew at a church in Manado, North Sulawesi. As a transgender woman, she was worried that she and her friends, fellow members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, would get sneered at by other churchgoers. The 20-year-old was attending a book discussion on LGBT issues at the Minahasa Injili Masehi Church (GMIM) Sion Winangun. The book, titled Menafsir LGBT dengan Alkitab (Interpreting LGBT through the Bible), was written by Emanuel Gerrit Singgih. However, her concerns were quickly forgotten, as she said the participants welcomed her and the other participants from the community. She expressed delight that she could attend the discussion and visit the church to fulfill her religious duties, which she said were to create a fellowship, to testify and to serve. “We, members of the LGBT community, long to perform the...