Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Activists protest pastor's removal of gay teen over his clothing choices
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2018-11-21

This article shared 1708 times since Wed Nov 21, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


About 20 activists gathered Nov. 18 at Power House International Ministries, 7040 S. Western Ave., during the Sunday evening service to protest Rev. Antonio Rocquemore's removal of a 16-year-old gay teenager, Antwan Haywood, from the congregation last Sunday, Nov. 11.

As the activists began to arrive at the storefront church with their protest signs and a rainbow flag with the 50 stars, four Chicago police vehicles drove up with flashing lights. The 10 police officers formed a U-shape at the door to the edge of the sidewalk that prevented the protesters from getting close to the church.

Some of the parishioners who arrived for the service scowled at the protestors as they entered the building, with one getting into a heated discussion with a protestor about how homosexuality is interpreted in the Bible.

During the protest, Haywood explained that Rocquemore ejected him because of the way he was dressed the previous weekend—checkered button down shirt, black jeans and black boots with wedge heels. Haywood was also pulled aside by one of the police officers, who told him he was getting too loud with his protest chants.

"I thank God for all my supporters here and on social media," said Haywood. "No church can put me in heaven or hell. Only God can do that and for [the pastor] to put me out of the church was wrong. Also, all of these police [officers] being here is not right either because I told everyone this was going to be a peaceful protest and I would not stand for any violence."

"What they did to my son was wrong," said Haywood's mom, Tonia Haywood.

"Having this many police officers here is ridiculous," said lesbian activist and protest organizer Courtney Haskins. "God loves everybody. I asked the pastor's wife if Antwan was allowed in the church tonight and she said no. I asked if God would let him into heaven based on how he was dressed and she had no reply except to say she was not God."

"God loves you no matter what so you should come as you are, not how others want you to be," said protestor Ardelia Perry.

"We should not have to stand out here and fight for who we are when someone [like the pastor] is trying to wrong us for the wrong reasons," said protestor Mia Forman. "We are representing the LGBT community and nothing else. We love God and Jesus just as much as [the pastor] does or so he says, but all I can see here [with this church] is a cult."

When asked why her pastor husband ejected Haywood from the church service the previous weekend, Lela Rocquemore confirmed that it was due to how he was dressed.

See www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Local-minister-ejects-gay-parishioner-for-wearing-womens-clothes/64750.html for more on this story.


This article shared 1708 times since Wed Nov 21, 2018
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD Church of England, World Cup news, court rulings, Justin Trudeau
2022-11-27
The Church of England is defending the scrutinized guidance for its 4,700 primary schools on LGBTQ+ issues, claiming that it doesn't allow students as young as 5 to self-identify as the opposite sex, The Christian Post ...


Gay News

NATIONAL $1M donation, church departures, Harvey Milk, abortions, Grindr
2022-11-27
In Ohio, Dayton-based insurance company CareSource is donating $1 million to United Church Homes to support the development of a senior living facility at the site of the former Longfellow School that will also aim at ...


Gay News

VIEWPOINT The cults of Jesus, Putin and Trump
2022-10-21
Originalist Christian nationalism. They say politics makes strange bedfellows. There is none stranger than the curious linking of Jesus to the cults of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in the faith and politics of an alarming ...


Gay News

Father Michael Pfleger faces another sexual-abuse claim, steps away from duties
2022-10-16
For the second time in less than two years, minister/activist the Rev. Michael Pfleger, 73, is stepping away from his ministry while under investigation for a decades-old sexual abuse allegation, The Chicago Tribune reported. In the ...


Gay News

LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH San Francisco Public Library digitizes LGBTQ+ archives, including Harvey Milk holdings
2022-10-09
LGBTQ+ HISTORY MONTH - Shot with black-and-white film, two small children stand outside in a San Francisco public plaza draped in protest signs. One reads, "We're Proud, Not Stigmatized." The other declares, "We Love Our Gay Parents." In the right ...


Gay News

WORLD Trans women elected, Zambia protest, Spice Girl, public figures come out
2022-10-09
Video below - On Oct. 2, two transgender women won seats in the Brazilian Congress, The Washington Blade reported. Voters in Sao Paulo elected Municipal Councilwoman Erika Hilton, a Black former sex worker who is a member of the ...


Gay News

'Gays and Gospel' on Oct. 11 at Northwestern University
2022-10-05
"Gays and Gospel"—a tribute to the LGBTQ+ community and all the contributions it has made to gospel music from its genesis in the 1920s until today—will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 (National Coming Out Day), ...


Gay News

UpRising Bakery hosts LGBTQ+ history event; protesters still a constant
2022-10-02
A handful of anti-LGBTQ+ protesters regularly stand outside the mall that houses UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Northwest suburban Lake in the Hills. That was the case again Oct. 1, the start of LGBTQ+ History Month, ...


Gay News

Coalition decries Des Plaines candidate training sponsored by anti-LGBTQ+ groups
2022-09-25
A coalition of parents, educators and pro-LGBTQ+, pro-equity groups held a press conference Sept. 24 in front of the Courtyard by Marriott Chicago O'Hare hotel in Des Plaines to protest a school-board candidate training being held ...


Gay News

Suburban priest once again faces sexual-assault allegations
2022-09-18
A priest in the Chicago suburbs is on leave once again after sexual-assault allegations have been leveled against him, according to ABC 7 Chicago. Father David Ryan, the pastor at Lake Zurich's Saint Francis de Sales ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Protests, Respect for Marriage Act, photographer, Fla. Democrat
2022-09-11
The Inland Empire Pride festival in Riverside, California, was disrupted when far-right extremists demonstrated outside the event venue, The Advocate reported. Violent clashes erupted between protesters and those attending the ...


Gay News

Texas judge: Mandated PrEP coverage violates religious freedom
2022-09-08
On Sept. 7, a federal judge in Texas (U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor) ruled that the government cannot force a Christian-owned company to cover HIV preventative medication (HIV PrEP) because it violates their religious freedom under ...


Gay News

Indiana Supreme Court upholds firing of gay Catholic-school teacher
2022-09-01
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on Aug. 31 that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indiana was within its rights to direct the termination of a Catholic-school teacher who was married to a person of the same ...


Gay News

Texas drag brunch brings out armed defenders, protesters
2022-08-30
The attacks against drag brunches and related events continue around the country—resulting in people going to great lengths to allow the shows to take place. A group of people armed with AR-15-style assault rifles stood guard ...


Gay News

Lake View church vandalized over pro-abortion stance
2022-08-26
A Lakeview church was vandalized Aug. 24 by two women who appeared to be upset by its sign backing reproductive rights, Block Club Chicago reported. Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W. Barry Ave., put up ...


 




Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.