Summer, summer, summertime (almost)! And that means it’s time for the annual Philly Black Pride/Penn Relays Celebration. For 17 years, PBP weekend has been a time for black LGBTs and allies to celebrate, network and build awareness. With an estimated 3,500-5,000 local and tri-state attendees, it’s the largest mobilization of LGBT individuals of color in the region.

With the recent anti-LGBT law in Mississippi and the spate of other new laws around the country designed to “protect” the religious community from the scourge of homosexuality, I decided to talk this week to someone who knows a little more about religion than I do. The Rev. Fritz Fowler is the pastor of University Lutheran Church. He earned his master of divinity from Gettysburg Seminary in 2014 and also holds a bachelor’s in pastoral ministry from Kingswood University in Canada.

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