SPRINGFIELD – UNITED will hold a community gathering on Sunday, Sept. 17.
UNITED was established in the wake of transphobic accusations against the YMCA of Springfield. Seven open and affirming congregations came together to support the city’s LGBTQ community and put out a message of support.
The congregations reached out to each other after Destiny Church Springfield pastor Eric Hansen claimed a transgender woman exposed themselves to a young girl at the YMCA. The allegation was never proven and it later was shown that a teenager had simply seen two trans women, in swimsuits, chatting in the locker room.
The next gathering will be at Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation (745 Woodside Rd.) on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Congregations participating include First Presbyterian, Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church, First Church of the Brethren. Heartland Metropolitan Community Church, Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Church, and Parkway Christian Church.
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