I hadn’t seen Jennifer Hudson’s full statement, regarding her Dallas Voice interview, when I wrote the previous post. It’s worth noting here because I think Hudson more than rights herself and reveals a bit more about her feelings and the reasons for them, and because she makes some important points that I hope more people will hear and consider. So, here is it, via PlanetOut.
“In a recent interview, I was asked how I reconciled being a Christian with performing at events for my gay fans. I find it upsetting that some folks equate being a Christian with being intolerant of gay people. That may, unfortunately, be true for some, but it is not true for me. I have talked often of my love and support of the gay community. I have said again and again that it was the gay community that supported me long before and long after ‘American Idol,’ and kept me working and motivated.
“It is the gay community that celebrated my voice and my size and my personality long before Dreamgirls. Yes, I was raised Baptist. Yes, I was taught that the Bible has certain views on homosexuality. The Bible also teaches us not to judge. It teaches us to love one another as God loves us all. I love my sister, my two best friends and my director dearly. They happen to be gay. So what? While some search for controversy, I hope that my friends and fans who know me, know where I stand.”
If you missed the major point, here they are, pulled out from the rest of the statement
I find it upsetting that some folks equate being a Christian with being intolerant of gay people. That may, unfortunately, be true for some, but it is not true for me.
… Yes, I was raised Baptist. Yes, I was taught that the Bible has certain views on homosexuality. The Bible also teaches us not to judge. It teaches us to love one another as God loves us all. I love my sister, my two best friends and my director dearly. They happen to be gay. So what?
Heard that? I did. First, she states clearly that to her being a Christian doesn’t mean being intolerant of gay people. Then, she actually reaches beyond the common obsession with legalistic scripture quoting, and grasps what to her is the heart of her faith — and it’s one big enough to include the people in her life who happen to be gay; including a sister.
I didn’t know Hudson has a lesbian sister, but it makes sense that having a lesbian sister who was out to her could cause her to broaden her thinking about the issue. It makes a difference when we’re out, in our families, and in our communities. And sometimes, as in this case, it ripples out beyond our families and communities, to help promote understanding when the people who care about us speak up. That’s why it’s important that we’re out in our families and communities, as I said earlier, so that we can speak up and empower others to speak up and make a difference.
That’s why an organization like the National Black Justice Coalition is so important. They’re celebrating their three year anniversary as about the only national organization working on black LGBT issues. They held this year’s summit addressing homophobia in black churches, and it looks like they’re planning another summit in March 2007.
I don’t know what Hudson’s schedule will be like by then. Her Dreamgirls promotional work will be long over, but so will the Oscars, and Jennifer might be even more in demand by then. But I think someone should send her an invite to the summit, or she should at least consider dropping by. I’m sure she’d be welcome. And if she wanted to sing a solo, and show the gospel chops everyone knows she’s got, I’m sure she’d be welcome to do that too.