WARNING: discussion of suicide
A pastor based in Nashville Tennessee made inflammatory remarks about the LGBTQ+ community. Last week, Kent Christmas claimed that the high suicide rate among the community was because they felt guilty.
Christmas spoke to his congregation and the video was picked up by Right Wing Watch, a group dedicated to monitoring and exposing activities of the far right.
And far right is exactly what this take by Christmas is.
So maybe instead of preaching about how children are being taken over by a demon when they become homosexual, Christmas could help by preaching acceptance.
What makes this even worse, is that Christmas advocates for conversion therapy, a degrading treatment that more than doubles the rates of suicide in gay and bisexual adults who go through it.
But Christmas also claimed that God told him Donald Trump would win re-election in 2020, but that ended up being a dud, so maybe people could just stop listening to him altogether.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
LGBTQ+ Youth can get help through:
- TrevorChat — 24/7/365 at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/#services
- TrevorLifeline — phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386
- TrevorText — Text "START" to 678678. Available 24/7/365.
- TrevorSpace — online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends at https://www.trevorspace.org/
- Trevor Support Center — LGBTQ youth & allies can find answers to FAQs and explore resources at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/trevor-support-center/#sm.0000121hx9lvicotqs52mb1saenel
Transgender people can get help through the Trans Lifeline at https://www.translifeline.org/ or call US: 877-565-8860 Canada: 877-330-6366