A sermon at The Crossing has caused some community members in Columbia to boycott businesses and events with ties to the church.
The Crossing co-pastor Keith Simon gave a sermon Sunday about gender dysphoria, which the American Psychiatric Association defines as a conflict between a person’s assigned gender and the gender they identify as.
A group called Concerned Citizens then started a petition on Change.org on Thursday to have the True/False Film Festival and Ragtag Cinema cut ties with The Crossing, which currently sponsors both organizations. The petition also requested that True/False and Ragtag release a public statement “condemning The Crossing’s intolerance of LGBTQ+ and Non-Binary people, and reaffirming their own support and dedication for inclusion and protections of all people.”
The petition circulated on social media, and more than 600 people had signed it as of Thursday night.
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