kirk-franklin-12_316x373_82Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist Kirk Franklin issued an apology to the LGBT community during an interview with The Grio recently, in addition to discussing his return to the music scene with his ninth studio album interestingly titled Losing My Religion.

“I want to apologize for all of the hurtful and painful things that have been said about people in the church that have been talented and gifted and musical, that we’ve used and we’ve embarrassed… and all this other horrible crap that we’ve done,” Franklin said. “We have not treated them like people. We’re talking about human beings, men and women that God has created.”

“The Bible is not a book that’s an attack on gay people,” he added. “It’s not a book written to attack gay people.”

Overall, Franklin said he wants the LGBT community to realize that God is about grace and love.

“It is horrible that we have made it where the Bible is a homophobic manual,” Franklin said. “That’s not what the Bible is. I mean you want to talk about things that God gets at… pride and jealousy and envy and arrogance. But what we also see is God sending his son to save us all, because we were all… straight, gay or whatever, lostand in need of a savior, and there’s room at the cross for all of us.”

What do you think of Franklin’s apology on behalf of the black church? It’s obviously not enough to change much of anything, but what is it worth?

Losing My Religion hits iTunes and stores Friday, November 13th.

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  • Mico

    I disagree with how the lqbtq community attempts to scapegoat the black community for being more homophobic/transphobic/conservative than other populations. However, I do feel that there is still a sense of homophobia/tranphobia and general conservatism in the black community that should be addressed, although its no better or worse than any other communities and black people in america have no such political power now or in the past to enact policy against lgbtq peoples. I would posit in fact that the strain of conservativism within the black community (many may disagree with me on this), that upholds concepts such as classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, agism (going in both directions), ableism, and intraracial discrimination such as colorism are artifacts of white supremacy worldwide. Not to say that all african groups treated each oerson equally and they were the perfect human beings, because they did engage in things such as wars, servant classes, and kings/chiefs/leaders, just like any other human civilization. But I do feel as if women were treated with respect and their bodies and realm of birthing was held as sacred and godlike instead of disgusting and puritan. Gay, intersex, and trans people may not have been the norm, but they existed and at least weren’t exiled/legally killed or stoned. It is ironic to me that now that african countries are legally liberated from colonial rule, that now the US and their colonizers want to shun them for enacting laws that they as well as christian missionaries introduced. So in that vein, I applaud Kirk Franklin for speaking out, because black gay/lesbian/bi/trans peoples are our brothers and sisters and suffer the same and many times worse injustices than heterosexual/cis black peoples. Just as black women have to carve out our safe spaces and our place in the struggle for justice within black rights and feminism, so those in the black lgbtq community.

  • Mary Burrell

    Has he had plastic surgery?

    • Zorino

      He does look different. Maybe it’s the beard and the bald head and the new hair line.

  • Zorino

    Didn’t know Kirk stutters…