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Filled with the SpiritSexuality, Gender, and Radical Inclusivity in a Black Pentecostal Church Coalition$
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Ellen Lewin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226537177

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226537344.001.0001

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“I’ve Been ’Buked”: The Double Consciousness of Being LGBT and Black

“I’ve Been ’Buked”: The Double Consciousness of Being LGBT and Black

(p.27) One “I’ve Been ’Buked”: The Double Consciousness of Being LGBT and Black
Filled with the Spirit

Ellen Lewin

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the "double consciousness" of being black and LGBT, particularly since membership in a church is such a central part of black identity. But black churches have historically denied the presence of non-heterosexual members, and have demeaned those in their midst. The chapter details the strategies LGBT persons have used to manage their marginalized position in their home churches, reviews efforts in various religious organizations to welcome LGBT people, and offers an account of the formation of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.

Keywords:   black churches, open, affirming, LGBT religion

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