ROCHESTER NY—Two dozen Episcopalians shared God’s inclusive love with the LGBT community during this city’s pride parade on Saturday, July 16th. Oasis Rochester, which is the LGBT ministry of the Diocese of Rochester, invited parishioners from seven counties to march in the parade.
The Rev. Kit Tobin, Integrity’s coordinator in the Diocese of Rochester, was one of the key organizers of the Episcopal witness. Several members of Dignity/Integrity-Rochester participated.
Holy Eucharist was celebrated on the street just before the parade started. The Rev. Deborah Duguid-May, priest-in-charge of Trinity Episcopal Church in Greece NY, presided and preached. A number of non-Episcopalians took part in the service.
Bishop Prince Singh, who was an outspoken advocate for the civil marriage equality bill that recently passed in the State of New York, marched in the parade along with his wife and youngest son.