From a racial-justice perspective, both in the United States and in Hong Kong, a great deal of work remains to be done in de-colonizing LGBT church life and ministry. That's the take-home for the Rev. Elizabeth Leung, UCC minister for racial justice, after the "Amplify All Asia Open & Affirming Church + Life 2012 Conference," held June 22-24 at the Chung Chi Divinity College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
One of three panelists at the conference –– themed "Transcending Boundaries. Restoring Hope" –– Leung gave a presentation titled "U.S. Racial Justice Meets Global LGBT Movement."
"People were glad to know the realities of LGBT life in the United States," said Leung, "especially from a racial-justice standpoint, to learn that it is not the Shangri-la of LGBT church life."
Leung said at least one workshop participant who is a non-resident of the United States fell into that category. "He concluded that, even as the LGBT movement in the United States is perceived by the world to be progressive, life for racial minorities still includes the struggle with stereotyping and discrimination within the LGBT community," said Leung.