A campaign that organizers say was inspired by the It Gets Better effort to combat bullying has formed to encourage Christians to love and support for LGBT people.
The campaign is called the Not All Like That Christians Project and it is headquartered online at NotAllLikeThat.org.
A news release on Sept. 4 said the project was launched to give “Christians everywhere an opportunity to rise up and proclaim their unconditional love and support for their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender friends and family members.”
The release said the campaign was inspired by Dan Savage’s It Gets Better project and it “encourages LGBT-affirming Christians to upload videos that unapologetically express their full acceptance of LGBT people.”
John Shore of Truth Wins Out created the project. TWO is a nonprofit that challenges religious extremism.
Co-sponsors include the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Auburn Theological Seminary, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, Covenant Network of Presbyterians, the Evangelical Network, Faith in America, GLAD Alliance, Many Voices, Methodists in New Directions and Reconciling Ministries Network.
“We are playing a symphony inspired by Christ’s Great Commandment that all of his followers love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” Shore said. “If you’re an LGBT-affirming Christian, there is a seat waiting for you in the orchestra of The NALT Christians Project.”
Wayne Besen, the executive director of TWO and a longtime activist against so-called ex-gay ministries and “pray away the gay” therapies, said, “The NALT Christians Project aims to inspire Christian LGBT allies to move their support from the shadows into the public square. Through their NALT videos, Christians will put their values into action, and lead the clarion, Bible-based call for freedom and justice for all people.”
Savage helped with the launch, providing a promotional video.