Q Boston Conference About Us, Not For Us

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Q Boston Conference About Us, Not For Us

Here in LGBTQ-friendly Massachusetts, there are not too many places where we are not welcome. We are invited to conferences, schools, public events, and churches. Don’t be complacent, though.  Next week,  April 23- 25, Christian conservative evangelicals will gather for Q Boston. We are not invited.

The Q Boston conference will take place at the historic Converse Hall in Downtown Crossing Theater District. The conference has come to Boston because we are, as its website states,  “the birthplace of revolution”. They are using the patriotic slogan to promote “how to advance the common good in a pluralistic society.”

But, a pluralistic society is the farthest thing from the conference goals. A truer description would be a society where Christian conservative evangelical theocracy bans LGBTQ Christians from worshipping in their faith communities and also bans us from state and federal rights. The conference goals stated on its website does more than merely hint to this:

"First, a desire to be informed and exposed to current culture and the conversations shaping our public discourse. Second, the desire to be restorers, faithfully bringing the love and creativity infused by the Gospel in whatever occupation they hold. And thirdly, they hold the view that it’s a Christian responsibility to renew culture and promote human flourishing for all people in our society.”

I mistakenly thought, given its title, the conference was for us, but was quickly disabused of the notion when I found out the conference was about us, and about how to stop the tide on LGBTQ civil rights.

Not surprisingly, one of Q Boston’s sponsors is Gordon College. Gordon College, a small conservative Christian college on the North Shore, prides itself on upholding the tenets of religious freedom. The college tested its boundaries with last year’s  Supreme Court case “Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.”  Michael Lindsay, the  president,  along with 14 influential religious leaders from across the country—asked  Obama for an exemption banning discrimination in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation. Lindsay’s book “Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite,” has become the go-to tome in how to clamp down on American liberalism.

Q Boston is correct in stating that  Boston is “the birthplace of revolution,” thereby  planting the event here just a few days before Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)