This story in the Toronto Star this morning is worth a read. It’s about Brig.-Gen. John Fletcher, the new Chaplain General of the Canadian Forces. General Fletcher is openly gay. This is just one more example of the fact that gay people are in every part of our society – including the military, and including the clergy. This part really struck home for me –
Fletcher, who has been with his partner for 16 years, pointed out that 50 years ago there were no public, homosexual role models. Now, the Ottawa-based priest lives in a province where the sitting premier, Kathleen Wynne, is also Canada’s first openly gay premier.
“I see (my situation) as just another example of that same sort of trend that we as Canadians should celebrate and embrace,” he said, adding that we should “continue to look at the barriers that might be elsewhere that are keeping people from pursuing vocations they are qualified, or feeling called to go and do.”
It’s still awesome to me when high-profile people come out and publicly state that they are gay. It’s awesome because that didn’t happen very much back when I was a kid who wondered what would happen to me if someone found out about me. Thank you General Fletcher for showing the world that gay people are everywhere, and that we are all children and servants of God.
Read the entire story here.