Some people are not going to let an anti-LGBT law define their church, state
PENNSYLVANIA, - Not everyone is happy with the new anti-LGBT laws in Mississippi. One small church in Hattiesburg is taking a stand against the measures and wants people to know they are ready to fight reports WLOX.
“Doesn't matter how you believe. Doesn't matter which God you serve. Doesn't matter what faith you follow, love is the center of all religions," said Joshua Generation pastor, the Rev. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear. "And this bill is the opposite of love."
The Joshua Generation congregation is a part of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) which were started 50 years ago. The MCC founders say that at that time there was a movement to persecute the LGBT community; they didn’t like it then, and they don’t like it now.
“We know that Mississippi is better than this law," said the Rev. Nancy Wilson, global leader of MCC. "And we won’t let the governor and other people tell us what Mississippians really believe and value in our hearts and minds."
Reverend Lisa Heilig saw this same type of anti-LGBT law in her state of Georgia. She eventually fought to overturn it and won.
“You know what, this bill might be here now," Heilig said. "But, this is not the end. This is not the end."
One Mississippi protestor is a Baptist and she thinks that the new law is not one of love.
"I’ve always said that if you can love, everything else is going to fall into place," she said. "The answer is to love."
The transgender community is especially hit hard by the new law, and Kaylee Bradshaw feels that she has nowhere to turn.
"When this bill first passed, for the first time, in my life, I felt helpless," said Bradshaw. "I felt afraid and I felt like I have no idea what I was going to do."
Some people feel this law set the state back more than 100 years. Rhonda Browning remembers when racism was a daily part of her life.
"I saw the public bathrooms," she said. "And they said men, women and colored. That was my first experience with segregation. This is the same thing."
You can watch the full WLOX report HERE.