OutFront Minnesota will have support teams at Twin Cities Pride and crisis counselors at its Pride Festival booth to assist members of the LGBT community and allies who are approached by Trinity Works.
Trinity Works, an evangelical Christian organization, in concert with 30 Twin Cities churches, has planned an “ex-gay” outreach at Twin Cities Pride. The group claims to have 300 outreach workers that will infiltrate Twin Cities Pride events in order to convince members of the LGBT community to leave “the lifestyle.”
Trinity Works’ outreach workers were spotted in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday night.
In it’s e-newsletter, OutFront announced support teams to help Pride goers who have been victim of spiritual violence.
“Pride is here and we want you to have fun and be safe. This year, we will have trained Anti-Violence Program support advocates and supportive clergy throughout the park on Saturday and Sunday to ensure that you have the best Pride possible. These advocates will be wearing coral t-shirts that say “Support Team.” If you feel unsafe or threatened at Pride, or feel like you need emotional support, please look for them. Crisis counselors will also be available in OutFront’s tent.
OutFront and Twin Cities Pride have heard that the evangelical group Trinity Works is claiming that to have recruited members from various churches to convert LGBT people this weekend at Pride to Trinity Work’s brand of Christianity.
In response to this news, Executive Director Monica Meyer had this to say: “Our recent victories for marriage equality and safe schools are huge milestones, but when we hear about conservative religious groups saying that they can ‘change’ LGBT individuals, we know we still have a long way to go before we reach the finish line and achieve LGBT equality.”