Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder

Black LGBTs ‘think it doesn’t feel like a real church, job, organization unless we are persecuted’

SOUNDBITES — “DADT sounds like something I’ve heard before. They tell [LGBTs], ‘Stay in the music department, don’t disclose who you are, don’t be seen with the same person too many times. Just shut up and show up.’ That’s why we stay in churches that beat our behind every weekend. We think it doesn’t feel like a real church, job, organization unless we are persecuted.” —Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, the lesbian presiding bishop of Refuge Ministries/The Fellowship, addressing Saturday’s State of Black Gay America Summit as the keynote speaker [SOVO]