Stonewall Inn. Greenwich Village. Summer 1969.

June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Widely regarded as the beginning of the gay rights movement, more accurately the police raid at the Stonewall Inn and the ensuing protests represent a critical watershed in the homosexual liberation movement which originated a hundred years before, in 1860s Germany, and which even went on to influence Russian Orthodox theology in the early 20th century. Each year around the world, Gay Pride is usually scheduled to coincide as closely as possible with this anniversary. 

Orthodoxy in Dialogue proposes to host a virtual listening tour between now and the end of June. If you, or your child, or your loved one identifies anywhere along the LGBTQ spectrum, now is your chance to have your say and to let the bishops and parish priests of the Orthodox Church hear whatever you would like to tell them.

Although the response to last September’s Sexuality & Gender: Open Letter to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America—our third most popular post of all time—has been deafening silence from the bishops, we know for a fact that a great many of them, and many priests, follow Orthodoxy in Dialogue closely. Share with them your fears, your hopes, your struggles, your path to God, your love for Christ, your life in the Church.

Check our Submission Guidelines for general expectations. Please observe a limit of 1500 words maximum. In a break from our usual editorial policy we will publish your piece anonymously if you require this for your safety and well-being. 

Contact us beforehand if you prefer to contribute a video instead of a written text.

You need not be Orthodox or even Christian to participate in our virtual listening tour if you have something helpful to share with the hierarchy and clergy of the Orthodox Church.

Articles and videos in this series will be archived in a separate Fifty Years after Stonewall section in our Archives by Author. See also our extensive Sexuality and Gender section.
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