gayharlem




Inspired by James Baldwin's Go Tell it on the Mountain, this interactive map will focus on churches in Harlem, and their acceptance, tolerance, and/or rejection of homosexuality.

St. Phillips Church
204 W 134th Street
New York, NY 10030

On November 29, 2003, St Phillips held the first same sex union ceremony at a predominately African American Episcopal Church.

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Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place
NY, NY (W 138th St)
On February 7, 2011, transgender Ugandans and same sex lovers united for a memorial service for Dr. Kato (a slain Ugandan gay rights advocate) in the MOST historic black church in Harlem. This ceremony was special because is brought together numerous black ministers in the Harlem community. Pastor Michael Walrond of First Corinthians Baptist Church, Reverend Calvin O. Butts III of Abyssinian Baptist Church, Pastor Joseph W Tolten of Rehoboth Christ Conciousness, and Bishop Yvette Flunder who is the presiding bishop of the Fellowship were all in attendance and took part in the ceremony.

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Rehoboth Temple Christ Consciousness Church
310 West 139th Street
Between Frederick Douglass and Edgecomb Avenues
New York, NY 10030
Focused on the reconciliation of homosexuality with God, Rehoboth Temple is charged by to be a spirit filled house of worship that is love based in open theology. "Our call is to empower the people to do God's work for this present day. Therefore we are a place that is Pentecostal inexperience and Apostolic in doctrine."

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Riverside Church

490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027-5788
Beginning on November 21, 2010 the church welcomed a monthly speaker series headed by the first openly gay Bishop, Reverend Gene V. Robinson. He has been active particularly in the area of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender people. Working at the state, national and international levels, he has spoken and lobbied for equal protection under the law and full civil marriage rights. His story was featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So.” He was invited by President Barack Obama to give the invocation at the inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.

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