Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
The LGBTQIS Pride Activities, and Social Events Center of Elmira NY
The only Church in Central New York founded and fostered by the GLBTQIS community for 37 years. October 31, 2019 - 36th Anniversary in our 37th year in Ministry.
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June is Pride Month.  In June, 2019 we marked the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  The Stonewall event sparked our world-wide movement to tell the truth that God has created and sustained all of us with the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender expressions. Ray Of Hope Church stands dedicated to this truth.  Would you join us in this proclamation?   This year, 2019, in honor of Stonewall 50 and 50 years of celebrating God's Rainbow Pride Parade is the perfect time to become active in Ray Of Hope Church.

Read two Ray Of Hope Church sermons that were written about the Rainbow Flag here:  The Rainbow Is God's Gift To Our Community CLICK HERE.  Also here in a sermon for March 12, 2000 CLICK HERE.  ** More information on Gilbert Baker's new book is found on both of these sermon pages.

We also recommend two documentary videos that tell much of the story of the Stonewall Riots.  Click on the pictures below and you will be taken to external links for the videos.


Gilbert Baker Designer of the Rainbow Flag in a display in 2003.  "I was twenty-seven.  I loved to sew and imagined myself an artist.  The idea for the Rainbow Flag had come to me in a dance to a tribal beat, on the wings of angels.  Infused with the colors of God's covenant with humanity, the Rainbow Flag was more than mere cloth; it was a visual metaphor and an active proclamation of power, created and dedicated to gay and lesbian liberation.  It declared that sexuality is a beautiful expression of nature, a human right." (page 1 from the new book: Rainbow Warrior My Life In Color by Gilbert Baker www.gilbertbaker.com)
There were hundreds of moments imprinted in me that will stay with me from Stonewall 50. Perhaps the one that took my breath away was when an honor guard turned the corner in perfect formation, stopped. Stood and presented arms before moving forward. Then I realized it was the New York City Police Department Marching Band with ranks and ranks and ranks of marching officers of every rank and even cadets. They carried the Pride Flag in the Honor Guard, and even the Transgender Flag. The emotions I experienced were very strong. Here was the police department that formed the phalanx formation completely across the same street with riot shields and batons banging on the shields as they marched into crowds before the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago marching in perfect formation down the same street again, this time in honor and respect. This time they marched down the same street carrying the Rainbow Flag and playing "When The Saints Go Marching In." I am so grateful that I lived to see this. As long as I am able to remember, I hope I remember this, and I give God thanks and praise that the light went out from Christ Bearer the carrier of Christ (this is what Christopher means) Street, from the Stonewall Inn - for Christ is the stone rejected by the builders and has become the chief cornerstone upon which the whole building is built (Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42, Acts 4:11, 1Peter 2:7) None of this was an accident of time and place. The Rock of our Salvation (1 Corinthians 10:4). And if you want to see that the Rainbow is God's own insignia given to the LGBTQIAS+++ Community read on here: ( http://www.rayofhopechurch.com/rainflag.htm ). Attending the Pride March at Stonewall 50 and specifically seeing the NYC Police Department carrying the Pride and Transgender flags in the Honor Guard was one of the highlight experiences of my entire life. I am so grateful I was able to be there.  The pictures above are from this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhq5Z4DL5gc at 0:28/30:31 posted by Kin Tsui.
New York State Passed Historic Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law S1047 the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) on January 10, 2019, which adds gender identity as a protected class in housing, employment, and public accommodations.  To Read the Law CLICK HERE.  Read an article about the GENDA Law CLICK HERE.

Quote: "Most states don't explicitly ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination.  Under federal and most states' laws, LGBTQ people aren't explicitly protected from discrimination in the workplace, housing, or public accommodations (like restaurants, hotels, and other places that serve the public).
So someone can be fired from a job, evicted from a home, or kicked out of a business just because an employer, landlord, or business owner doesn't approve of the person's sexual orientation or gender identity."
"The Equality Act would extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ people."
The House just passed a sweeping LGBTQ rights bill
The Equality Act would extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ people.

By German Lopez@germanrlopezgerman.lopez@vox.com  May 17, 2019, 12:14pm EDT
Read the full article CLICK HERE:  VOX.COM


Articles that Religious Leaders are using to stand opposed to the Equality Act.  RAY OF HOPE CHURCH DISAGREES WITH ALL OF THESE SO-CALLED RELIGIOUS AND CHRISTIAN POSITIONS  AGAINST The Equality Act.
21 Christian leaders: Equality Act would gut religious freedom protections. Click Here.  Read the Letter Click Here.  Ray Of Hope Disagrees
The Equality Act Will Harm Religious Freedom Click Here.  Ray Of Hope Disagrees

U.S. ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CHAIRMEN RESPOND TO U.S. HOUSE VOTE ON EQUALITY ACT.  Click Here.  Ray Of Hope Church Disagrees.
The Church Of Laatter-day Saints opposes the Equality Act.  Click Here.  Ray Of Hope Church Disagrees.
Southern Baptist Convention The Equality Act Will Harm Religious Freedom..."placing sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in this kind of legislation would have harmful consequences," Click Here.  Ray Of Hope Disagrees

Interfaith Groups Rally In Support Of Equality Act For LGBTQ Rights. Read the article Click Here. Ray Of Hope Church Agrees with this group of religious leaders.
Do you remember when in June, 2015 then President Obama signed a Proclamation LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2015?  The words he expressed in that document are timeless.  Be inspired and read them again: CLICK HERE.
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Welcome to the Ray Of Hope Church Pride Pages Portal. 

Ray Of Hope

Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.

is the original Church in Central New York for

ALL People, including but not limited to

persons who are or might be:

Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,

Transgender,

Questioning,

Intersex, Queer,

Asexual, Pansexual, Heteroflexible. 

Anyone who is human!

Married, divorced, remarried, single,

and persons of all gender expressions.

Persons of any faith / religion or

no faith, no religion, or have no idea where to start with religion.

A spiritual home for those who are "spiritual but not religious."

WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO TELL Y OU IS WE ARE

the Church by us, for us, 4 U!

The Church made by you because

we  ARE  you!

Ray Of Hope Church was founded in 1983

and is serving Syracuse, Ithaca and Elmira New York.

We are in fact serving the world with live interactive worship services,

Bible enrichment sessions, and meetings

through SKYPE on the Internet.

WE  ARE  YOU!

We never held a vote to decide if we would be an INCLUSIVE church for you.

WE  ARE  YOU!

We are not an OPEN AND AFFIRMING church for you.

WE  ARE  YOU!

We are not a RECONCILING CHURCH or

RECONCILING  CONGREGATION for you.

WE  ARE  YOU!

We are not an OPEN MINDED or ACCEPTING or WELCOMING

 church where you can attend as long as you blend in quietly and discretely.

WE  ARE  YOU!

THIS is the church where YOU belong.

Ray Of Hope Church is the church

by us, for us, and made by You.

On June 25, 2016 President Obama Designated the Stonewall National Monument.  To hear President Obama make this designation CLICK HERE.

To see this short video produced by New York State Parks CLICK HERE.
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About LGBTQ-RAN
The LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) is an innovative venture in preserving history and encouraging scholarly study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) religious movements around the world.  LGBTQ-RAN has a two-fold basic purpose. 

First it assists LGBT religious leaders and groups in determining how best to preserve their records and papers in appropriate repositories. 

Secondly, LGBTQ-RAN provides an electronic information clearinghouse for these archival collections and other historical data about LGBT religious history for the use of historians, researchers and other interested persons. 

LGBTQ-RAN can best be understood as a "virtual" archive.  It is not a physical repository that collects and preserves papers and records.  Instead, LGBTQ-RAN is a resource center that enables the preservation of history and makes historical information easily accessible through this web site.  Initiated in 2001 as a project of the Chicago Theological Seminary, LGBTQ-RA
N has been a program of the Center for LGBTQ & Gender Studies in Religion in Berkeley, California, since 2008

For more information on the LGBTQ-RAN Click Here.
For more information on the Center for LGBTQ & Gender Studies in Religion in Berkeley, California  Click Here.
On June 25, 2016 President Obama Designated the Stonewall National Monument.  To read an newspaper article on this Click Here.
The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies  all around the country - and the world - take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.

Started in the mid 90's by two college students, the Day of Silence has expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences during the protest and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive.

This year we are honoring the 25th anniversary of Day of Silence on Friday, April 24, 2020 - and this year we are going virtual!  Read more information CLICK HERE.
Pride month, 2020 is certain to be celebrated like no other.  During this COVID-19 crisis all of our pride parade events here in New York State have been cancelled.  This year, 2020 actually marks the 50th anniversary of the first pride parade held in New York City.  Today, June 2, 2020 as I write this, most of our major cities are being stressed by protests against police brutality and demands for review of policing practices across our country.  Remember, the Stonewall riots were a protest against unjust laws and police brutality.  The work towards "liberty and justice for all" continues. 
We lost a giant in our community this year.  On May 27, 2020 Author, Playwright, Founder of New York Gay Men's Health Crisis Center, and Founder of ACTUP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Larry Kramer died of pneumonia at the age of 84.  PBS News Hours posted this video in his honor.  It is just over two minutes long.  Click Here.  CBS Sunday Morning also honored Larry Kramer. Click Here.  Read more about Larry Kramer on Wikipedia.  Click Here.
LGBTQ Nation "The news you care about, reported by the people who care about you."  CLICK HERE
"We celebrate Pride because of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a six-night series of demonstrative, violent protests that occurred between the LGBTQ community and the police, led by black and brown trans folks," says Michael Venturiello, an LGBTQIA+ historian and founder of Christopher Street Tours. "While June typically commemorates this important event in a celebratory manner, I encourage you all to reflect on the original meaning of 'Pride' - a radical, political stance on liberation for all people."  (source: Click Here.)
America will be a beacon of hope for LGBTQ rights again
EXCLUSIVE: Former Vice President Joe Biden writes that "we belong at the forefront of this struggle" because "anything less would be un-American."
Commentary by Joe Biden Sunday, May 17, 2020 

Today, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, I stand with LGBTQ+ people and their allies around the world to celebrate and champion the inherent dignity and worth of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Around the globe, including here at home, brave LGBTQ+ activists are fighting for equal protection under the law, freedom from violence, and recognition of their fundamental human rights. The United States should have their backs.

We belong at the forefront of this struggle - speaking out, standing strong for our most dearly held values. We should be sending a clear message that bigotry is bigotry, prejudice is prejudice, and hate is hate, no matter where we find it. American leadership must mean moral leadership in the fight for equality for all.

The Obama-Biden Administration took unprecedented steps to ensure that our government delivered real progress on the promise of equality, both at home and abroad. From signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law, to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," to supporting marriage equality, we fought to advance the civil liberties of LGBTQ+ people in the United States and, for the first time ever, established the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality as a foreign policy goal.

TO CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE AT THE ORIGINAL LOCATION CLICK HERE.
Undressing Israel: Gay Men In The Promised Land.  This is a great YouTube video showing how open Israel is and accepted and affirmed gay people are there.  Click Here.
An English mathematician and cryptanalyst, ALAN TURING (June 23, 1912 - June 7, 1954) is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

During the Second World War, Turing worked for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park. Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements, including the Battle of the Atlantic, and in so doing helped win the war. It has been estimated that this work shortened the war in Europe by more than two years and saved over 14 million lives.

Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexual acts, which was then a crime in the UK. He accepted chemical castration treatment as an alternative to prison. Turing died in 1954, 16 days before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined his death as a suicide, but it has been noted that the known evidence is also consistent with accidental poisoning.

In 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for "the appalling way he was treated". Queen Elizabeth II granted Turing a posthumous pardon in 2013. The Alan Turing law is now an informal term for a 2017 law in the United Kingdom that retroactively pardoned men cautioned or convicted under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts.

Text condensed from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing

To continue reading click on the article to the left or Click Here.
LGBTQ Heritage/Memorial Project
This cover photo for this Facebook page is of Edward Carpenter and his partner George Merrill. They lived openly as a couple for 30 years until George's death in 1928 and are buried together in The Mount Cemetery in Guildford, Surrey. Amongst the many people influenced by their life together was E.M. Forster who names George Merrill as the inspiration for his novel Maurice. The photo probably dates from the 1890s. Click on the photo to see the web page.
About Q Spirit
Q Spirit promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer spirituality with LGBTQ saints, history, art and books. It is the new home of the Jesus in Love blog.

The website fosters religious and artistic freedom by teaching love for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

"My goal is to open minds and hearts to the possibility that God's love is greater than we can imagine. . . and to help LGBTQ people discover and believe that God loves them, even though over the centuries churches have often excluded us and told us that we are damned to hell because of who we love. I aim to follow Christ's example - by welcoming the outcasts and teaching love for all," says founder Kittredge Cherry.

Q Spirit means queer spirituality. It also stands for questioning spiritual assumptions. The Q shows commitment to quality - in writing, imagery and interaction with readers.

Q Spirit expands the meaning of holiness by presenting diverse saints, history and books of spiritual and religious significance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) people of faith and allies.

The Q Spirit project comes from lesbian Christian author Kittredge Cherry.   CONTNUE READING Q SPIRIT WEBSITE CLICK HERE.
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