HICKORY, N.C. — Mitchell Gold, chair of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishing, has issued a statement against religious zealots who say that being an LGBT individual is a sin.

“I believe the time has come to end the harmful teachings by some religious denominations that being gay (LGBT) is a sin, or whatever words they use to demean, call evil and cause enormous pain to LGBT people, especially to our vulnerable youth,” he said.

Gold has indicated that there has been a shift in attitudes about the LGBT community among some religious denominations and leaders, “From evangelicals to Presbyterians to Catholics to Conservative Jews.…An evolution has taken place on understanding human sexuality and the “natural place of same-sex love in it,” he added.

“History has proven that using religious teachings to cause enormous harm to innocent people is wrong. I have faith in America to be better to all its citizen — but especially innocent, vulnerable youth,” Gold stated.

He has called for others to share the story of Faith in America’s efforts and to implore religious leaders to end harm to the LGBT community.

“Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center, [one of] the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, and I are asking people to make their voices heard by signing our petition on change.org.” They also want people to “get a more personal understanding of the stakes involved” by watching the short film, “Not a Sin,” presented by non-profit Faith in America. We hope they will share both with those they love and with those who can learn from its powerful message.

Learn more online at Faith in America and the Ali Forney Center. Use the hashtag #LGBTNotASin when joining the conversation, as well as the hashtag #FollowFrancis to help get the message out in needed arenas.

info: faithinamerica.org. aliforneycenter.org.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.