In an apparent act of attempted intimidation, someone in New York chained a massive cross to Gay Street in Greenwich Village, the LGBTQ neighborhood, on Good Friday. Over the next few days the cross moved to different locations, always chained up so nobody could move it. 

New Yorkers responded the way they know best: by drinking champagne and painting the cross in rainbow colors.

“To be honest, I’m a Christian, and the cross means, love, peace and hope. And it was clear the owner of this cross did not share those values,” Gay St. resident Micah Latter, whose gate the cross was first chained to, told HuffPost. “Whatever [this person’s] point, [it] was lost in translation. Their actions were pointless and annoying.” […]

On Sunday, Latter and ten neighbors and friends gathered to paint the cross the colors of the LGBTQ rainbow flag. They drank champagne and changed the locks so the original owner can no longer move it ― they’re now calling it “The Love Cross.” […]

”Neighbors and strangers came together on Gay St., all approaching the meaning of the cross with different personal views, yet we all shared the same love and support for the community that we bonded over,” Latter told HuffPost. “For two hours on a Sunday, it was just random strangers, tourists, straight couples, gay couples, kids and neighbors spreading love, painting rainbows on a cross, getting to know our neighbors, and drinking champagne on Gay St. It was a magical NYC evening!”

This city. (via the Huffington Post)

“A doctrine and religion of ‘love’ can be of the highest value within classes of people, even from the point of view of the rulers, for it suppresses feelings of rivalry, ressentiment, and envy in the underprivileged. It even deifies a life of slavery, subjection, poverty, sickness, and inferiority under the ideal of humility and obedience. This explains why the ruling classes, races, or individuals have at all times upheld the cult of selflessness and the gospel of the lowly.”

—F. Nietzsche, The Will to Power, §373 (edited excerpt).

It’s really hard to be queer and religious.

When you grow up in any religion and discover that you’re queer it’s an absolute shit show and I don’t think religious queer people get enough credit for everything we have to go through.

First you spend all this time denying yourself because so many religions paint being queer as this ultimate sin of sorts. The ultimate wrong. The thing that should remove you from the religion entirely because you don’t deserve to be in it if you’re queer. People say that you have to pick one over the other and oftentimes, you do and it hurts because you have to pick either yourself or your beliefs. And that can be an impossible decision to make. 

You get crap from both sides. Other queer people are offended that you would dare to be a part of something that they see as so harmful. Other religious people are offended that you are going against what they believe and that you’re part of this thing that they see as so harmful. It’s like having divorced parents and you love both of them but they hate each other. It sucks and it hurts. Especially because both sides don’t see the harm they’re doing, they don’t know that each time they say something hurtful about the other it’s splitting you apart. 

And tbh it’s such a brave decision to make to be openly queer and to remain in your religion. Because you have to reconcile that for yourself and go through a ton of shit to constantly to convince yourself that you’re not doing anything wrong. And as you’re trying to reconcile these two important parts of yourself, people on both sides are telling you that you’re wrong and that by being who you are you’re actually causing harm. Being queer and religious means going through your life pretending you’re neither.

Basically, you never get away from the scrutiny of either side. It’s a constant in your life if you choose to remain religious. And I know people think it’s funny to tear down religion and make fun of it. But remember that not everyone who is religious is homophobic. When you talk shit about religion, you hurt queer kids who have already been hurt enough.