It Gets Better!

Hi all,

I put together the below video in support of GLBT people everywhere. For those of you who read this blog (all 10 of you) you will know that any issue of social justice is close to my heart and I have written on this particular issue before. Please check out the video and I will also post the transcript below…although I did ad lib a bit!

Kia koa, kia hari- Rejoice and be glad!

It Does Get Better!

Hi. I am the Reverend Christopher Douglas-Huriwai and I am an Anglican Minster here in Auckland, New Zealand and I am here to tell you that is does get better.

I know that for many of you out there it may seem as if “Christian” is just another word for “Homophobia,” believe me it isn’t. To be a Christian is to follow Christ and to follow Christ is perfect freedom and love. And while, I, myself am not a GLBT man, and I don’t for a second pretend to know firsthand the hurt that is all too often present in the lives of Gay, lesbian, Bi and Transgendered people as a result of Homophobia I do know some things. I know that love doesn’t call you Fag, love doesn’t call you a Dyke, love doesn’t condemn you because you have been fearfully and wonderfully made, just the way God intended.

I may only be one person, within a community that is too often seen to be homophobic or anti-GLBT, but please know, you have friends here and we are praying for you. Not for some sort of miracle cure to your “ILLNESS” we aren’t praying that the “GAY DEMON” be cast out of you. But rather we are praying that when you feel like hope is lost and the options are running out. When you feel like things are too hard and your light has grown too dim, remember that there are people here for you, praying for you, and there is a God that loves you, and so do we. IT DOES GET BETTER!

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About Christopher Huriwai
I am a twenty-something, husband, student, minister, Anglican, Maori, son, brother, uncle.

3 Responses to It Gets Better!

  1. Brother Tom says:

    Thank you for this encouraging word, Chris. In my own state of Maryland, marriage equality failed to pass by four votes last year. The bishops of Maryland and Washington, DC, and many other religious leaders (except for the Roman Church), are working very hard right now to make sure it passes this year. I have a personal interest, in that my niece wants to marry her partner and wants me to conduct the service, but I am truly interested in equal justice for all my brothers and sisters.

    May we all work and pray for better justice and peace for all in this world!
    Brother Tom+ OPA

  2. takaramaina says:

    Kia Ora e te hoa…thank you…my whānau is very homophobic (amongst sexist and many other prejudices)! I hope that my church changes its stance on gay marriage and gay people in general…To be gay is frightening proposition and I wish there was someone in my whānau who has the gumption to stand up for gay whānau members but sadly there is not one (I can’t do it because of where I live, and even if I could, my whānau has a pretty dim view of me)…heoti anō, kia ora anō mō tāu tautoko i te hunga takatāpui

  3. Jo Kamira says:

    Kia ora Chris, Thank you for this wonderful piece and thank you Tane for pointing me in the direction of this blog. I have shared your video and thoughts on our Pflag ACT facebook page to support those parents who may be struggling with their child’s sexuality. It is also lovely to know that Christianity does not equal homophobe. Na mihi Maarama

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