Confession can be intimidating, and for an overly shy and self-conscious guy like myself, that’s definitely true. After all, the sacrament involves, well, confessing one’s faults—even the most secret and embarrassing ones. The thought of another person knowing my most shameful flaws is distressing enough. But my own priest?! What will he think of me? Talk about humiliation! Confession sure doesn’t sound too appealing.
While it may be true that many traditional communities are not openly hostile to the LGBT community, one may nevertheless feel out-of-place simply for being gay or trans. Many churches simply do not offer opportunities for their LGBT individuals to flourish and offer their own gifts. In other words, many churches do not encourage their LGBT members to be, well, church. But it shouldn't be like this. All churches should welcome, appreciate, and care for LGBT persons—regardless of whether they approve of same-sex relationships or not. Here are six reasons why.