字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント - I would come into church and preach that God loves me. That God accepts everybody. And I didn't believe that for myself. I was walking around wearing a mask. I'm Reverend Derek Terry, pastor Saint Peter's UCC. And I am a Black gay man minister. So, for a lot of people, the idea of being Black, gay, and Christian are three intersectionalities that cannot come together. I was 19 when I accepted my call to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. I was the fifth generation of my family at this church. And its bylaws says you can't ordain someone who's gay as a minister. You can't attend, perform, or condone gay marriage. I knew that there was not a place for me. I didn't want that life. I didn't want the sneaking, the hiding, the seediness of not being able to be accepted for who I was, as I was. I resigned. (piano) When I resigned, I found the United Church of Christ. Until today, the idea that we're looking at is that I am good enough. When I first applied to be the pastor of the church, I was very nervous, and I didn't think that they would hire me. And I said I'm gay, I'm young, I'm Black. And they said, "Okay." It is extremely liberating to be able to come to church, to be able to stand before people, and to be loved and affirmed for who I am, as I am. Without hesitation, without fear, and knowing that it simultaneously empowers others to do the same.