Sept. 9, 2019 – article in the Seattle Times by Neal Morton
Seattle Times: Teachers quit in protest over what they consider anti-gay policy at Christian school in Shoreline
“You can have a different opinion. That’s fine,” he said. “You don’t have to accept me or the LGBTQ+ community, but when you’re the head of the school and this decision brings some youth closer to suicide, you lose my respect.”
The article above and statement above are at the core of why we are bringing the musical Pray the Gay Away® to the stage. There are theological arguments on the Biblical stance of the acceptance or non-acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. Yet, that non-acceptance is considered by some to be a contributing factor to the increased rate of suicide with LGBTQ+ youth. So one of the questions brought up by our stage production is: Which part of that is more important to you? Being theological correct, or being a contributing factor to youth suicide. We ask audiences to consider these questions and open up discussions on this topic.
When we created the PTGA musical, we thought it was going to be a period time-piece. We were wrong. The collision of LGBTQ+ rights and some churches is as strong as ever.
From the PTGA musical: “Who will look to God’s creation and recognize what’s beautiful?”
Opening Nov. 8, 2019 at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, WA. The cast of PTGA has something to say. And we will say it.
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Thank you Neal Morton for covering this important topic.