Anti-Gay Bigotry In Boscobel, Wisconsin Regarding Baccalaureate
An openly gay pastor in the small town of Boscobel said she is being left out of the annual baccalaureate ceremony because of her sexual orientation, and she’s upset about it.
Baccalaureate is a religious ceremony that’s common in many communities to celebrate seniors’ graduation. But the Rev. Jen Johnson said because of her sexual orientation, she isn’t being invited to participate in the ceremony, and she’s tired of staying quiet about it.
Johnson served on the baccalaureate committee for just one year in 2005. She said because of her sexual orientation, she never felt welcome after that. She said she heard threats of people boycotting the service if she was a part of it.
Since then, she hasn’t been invited to sit on the committee again and be a part of the service, as other religious leaders in the community are.
Johnson said she cried during the service in past years because she was not able to be a part of it and that now, she has had enough.
“To be a called, trained, ordained minister in this town and to not be able to celebrate the kids in the community that I love and that I call home — I couldn’t take it anymore,” Johnson said. “I can’t be silent. I can’t be silent.”
She said she wants to be included in the ceremony, and she took her message to Facebook.
“I finally got angry on Friday, and instead of sitting in that anger, I did something about it,” Johnson said.