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Kirk Franklin apologizes to gay community for ‘homophobia’ in Black church

Kirk Franklin/Facebook

Kirk Franklin/Facebook

Grammy-winning artist Kirk Franklin is back with his first solo album, Losing My Religion, in years and while doing so, he’s got a message for both the LGBT community and the Black church.

In a recent interview with the Grio, the contemporary gospel singer poured out his heart, addressing how the church has changed over the last decade and in the same sentence issued a public apology to the gay community for “homophobia” in the Black church.

“I want to apologize for all of the hurtful and painful things that have been said about people in the church that have been talented and gifted and musical, that we’ve used and we’ve embarrassed… and all this other horrible crap that we’ve done,” Franklin said. “We have not treated them like people. We’re talking about human beings, men and women that God has created.”

He continued, “The Bible is not a book that’s an attack on gay people … It’s not a book written to attack gay people.” Overall, Franklin said he wants people who identify as gay, straight or other to realize that God is all about grace and love.”

“It is horrible that we have made it where the Bible is a homophobic manual,” Franklin said. “That’s not what the Bible is. I mean you want to talk about things that God gets at… pride and jealousy and envy and arrogance. But what we also see is God sending his son to save us all, because we were all… straight, gay or whatever, lostand in need of a savior, and there’s room at the cross for all of us.”

If Franklin’s recent interview is any indication of how he plans to push the boundaries on his upcoming album, we’re all ears. The 45-year-old’s Losing My Religion is available in stores and for digital download today, Nov. 13.

What do you think of Franklin’s stance on the LGBT community and the Black church? Sound off in the comment section below.


  1. FuZ on November 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Is this step one to closer to coming out?

  2. nita on November 13, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    please kirk not every body against gay people what we are against is the sin in there life and when church want dill with it and say god not please with men becoming women and women become me and there not a example of christ life style being live out before people when there is scriptures to back up god wants us saved deliver free and living powerful life in him as examples of not sining because there life is hidden in christ and there has to be transformation from there life and thats to live as rightous people and not like confused christian and kirk they are confused and god grace mercy is there for them as well as all christian who wants recieve transformation we just can not let what word of god thats say sin is of darkness and we to stay away from it and live holy as god is holy as whole heal deliver people so we can have mind of christ and live as lights that sit on hill and can not be hidden and daily sinning happens mistakes happen and we have to stay repented and daily die to self gratifacation so we can live as sheeps who shine in a dark evil world we can not look like act like world and want to winn world to christ when we know right from wrong all things in god all things we experiences usually is backed up in word so rather we have not been kind as we should even though this happen we do need change and we still have to not give up on people thats christian that we always are changing and becoming more more like christ and gays has to also know word does back up that life style is not pleasing to god as much as people think so there are way that seem right to man but it only leads to death only god way is right way so church has preach against sin in all areas of christian life even on gay life for wages of sin is death so call sin sin and holy holy and lets stop acting like all well in anything thats not about change and freedom rather its something we all have give up and that our ways and adopt god ways all of the body of christ we need deep healing and strong deliverences in church.

    • yoyodre on November 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      You can’t form a coherent sentence, but you claim to know what God wants?