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LGBTQ+ Christian

Author's note: This is a wildcard story! Itโ€™s pretty short and kinda different from my usual, but Iโ€™m trying it out! This is in a made up planet called Serratura, millions of years in the future, in an alternate reality similar to earth. I am an ally of the LGBTQ community and will support anyone coming out. Thank you to Isaac who proofread!! Enjoy!:D



โ€œNana?โ€ A small girl asks.ย 

โ€œYes, Elsie?โ€ย 

โ€œWhat are those marks on your arm?โ€ย 

Elsieโ€™s grandmother, Eliza, sighs and puts down her book, reaching for her granddaughter's small hands.ย 

โ€œElsie? Hasn't mommy talked about the queer execution?โ€ Eliza asks, trying to keep her voice steady as the memories creep up.ย 

Elsie shakes her head, her blonde braids hitting her face as she does so.ย 

โ€œWell, on Serratura, about 60 years ago, there was an outburst. People were angry at others because of who they loved.โ€

โ€œWhy did the people get mad?โ€ย 

โ€œThe people were mad because they disagreed with people who loved their same gender. Do you understand?โ€ย 

Elsie shakes her head, and the woman sighs, smiling and nodding.ย 

โ€œThatโ€™s alright, maybe we leave this for a conversation between you and your mommy.โ€ย 

Elsie pouts and climbs onto the musty couch, plopping down next to her nana.ย 

โ€œPlease? Youโ€™re better at telling things.โ€ย 

Eliza sighs and nods again.ย 

โ€œOk. Iโ€™ll try to make this easy to understand.โ€ย 

Elsie nods and squirms onto her side, resting her head onto her nanas lap.ย 

โ€œYou know how your mommy loves your daddy?โ€ She asks.ย 

โ€œThat is a girl loving a boy. That is what some people call โ€˜normalโ€™. However, we don't get to choose who someone loves. When your mommy told me she loved your daddy, I was happy for her. She was so happy with her life and was ready to spend it with your daddy. I can't control who mommy loves. Mommy can love anyone she wants. Boy or girl.โ€ย 

โ€œGirls can love girls?โ€ Elsie squeaks.ย 

โ€œAbsolutely sweet pea. And boys can love boys. You get to choose who you love, and if you find a girl when you grow up that you fall in love with. I will never stop you, because it is completely fine to love whoever you want. Ok? You remember that.โ€ย 

Elsie nods and pulls up a tattered green blanket.ย 

โ€œBack then, there were people who didn't like the people who liked their same gender. Some of them were afraid of girls liking girls, and boys liking boys.โ€

โ€œWhy are they afraid? Those people are still human.โ€ย 

โ€œI don't know, sweet pea,โ€ Eliza whispers, โ€œI dont know.โ€ย 

โ€œThose people, who were afraid of girls liking girls, and boys liking boys, were sometimes referred to as homophobes. They thought it was inhumane to like your same gender. So, those homophobes started acting out in violence.โ€

โ€œWhat does that mean, Nana?โ€

Eliza glances down at her wrist and swallows down the tears rising in her throat.ย 

โ€œThey didn't think that those people who loved their same gender deserved to live. So they tried to hurt and kill those people. It was like a war. And by the end, some people didn't even know why it started.โ€ย 

Eliza sighs and takes a shaky breath.ย 

โ€œI was at a parade one time. All the people who supported same gender love were walking around the streets, talking, laughing, people even made fun posters, and we thought maybe the war and violence had settled. Halfway through the parade, a mob of homophobes approached my group that I had been walking with. They-they attacked us. Told us we had no right being on this planet. Told us we were aliens.โ€ย 

Elsie gasps and sits up.ย 

โ€œI was eleven years old when that happened. Only 5 years older than you. I planned on telling my parents later that night that I thought I was interested in girls. I was too afraid after that.โ€ย 

Eliza raises her hand and quickly wipes away a stubborn tear that had started to roll down her rosy cheek.ย 

โ€œCan you promise me something sweet pea?โ€ย 

Elsie nods, playing with Elizaโ€™s dark brown curls that rested neatly on her shoulders.ย 

โ€œI need you to promise me, you will never judge someone for who they love, or how they look, or anything else. Ok?โ€ย 

Elsie bits her lip and cocks her head.ย 

โ€œBut what if I don't like how someone looks?โ€ย 

Eliza straightens her back and squeezes one of Elsieโ€™s hands.ย 

โ€œYou keep that to yourself. Just because someone looks different from you doesnโ€™t mean they are an amazing person. Just because a boy likes boys instead of girls, doesnโ€™t mean he won't grow up to be a wonderful young man. Right? Do you remember when there were those kids at the park that made fun of you? How did that make you feel?โ€ย 

Elsie looks at her feet.ย 

โ€œSad.โ€ She whimpers.ย 

โ€œExactly. If you went up to a man who was married to another man and told them something mean, how do you think that would make them feel?โ€ย 

โ€œSad,โ€ she repeats.ย 

โ€œOur world was able to get over that homophobic stage and teach those people who sought violence right from wrong because we learned to look past looks, and religions, and who people are attracted to. Because that shouldn't matter. God makes us our own special selves, right? So criticizing and judging people is like criticizing Godโ€™s work.โ€ย 

Elsie nods and her eyelids flutter closed as she lays her head back on Elizaโ€™s lap.ย 

โ€œI promise Nana. I won't criticize Godโ€™s work. Iโ€™ll be nice.โ€ย 

Eliza nods as Elsies breathing gets heavier. Eliza rubs the scars on her wrist, remembering the searing pain from the barbed wire whips. Eliza squeezed her eyes shut and pushed away the memories and the pain, trying to run away from the past.

ย 

After the attacks on Elizaโ€™s group, she went home and shut herself in her room.ย 


Later that night, 11-year-old Eliza Bakari vowed to bring change and promised herself that her children would live in a diverse world where everything was welcome. She prayed to God for his guidance on her journey, as she tried to pave the way for new generations, wanting no one to go through what she had just hours ago.ย 


Eliza opens her eyes and her lips twitch upwards.

She had kept her promise. Elsie would live as a little girl, free to make her own decisions and follow whatever path she chose.ย 



February 11, 2021 18:45

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This was AWWWWWWW and I support the topic BTW how far are you in the reedercast story? ๐Ÿณโ€๐ŸŒˆ

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thanks!!! :DDD ummm maybe like 1500 words? Since you left me to name the brother I used the greek word that means celestial, since it was close to your name:D

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15:03 Jun 10, 2021

Ok, this is insane. it feels like it could really happen, you know? It's really well-written.

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crossing my fingers it doesnt;) thanks for reading Em!

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16:28 Jun 11, 2021

Yeah! I hope we never have these kinds of issues and people learn to respect each other.

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yes, definitely.

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18:49 Jun 12, 2021

:) How are you?

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I'm doing good, how about you?

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TJ Squared
00:06 May 24, 2021

*sigh* this was interesting, ngl, but...never mind, I don't want to get into all of that debate. reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee The title was striking and eye-catching tho. great job :)

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yessss, I knew there would be controversy writing abt this nonetheless, thank you for reading it:)

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TJ Squared
00:43 May 24, 2021

yesh.

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