Integrity Harlem will present LGBTQIA Asylum Seekers Sunday taking place at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 11th, 2023 at 10 a.m. Speakers will include Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, an Ugandan LGBTQ+ rights activist, and Al Green, the Ministry Director of the LGBT Asylum Task Force, a ministry of Hadwen Park Congregational Church UCC in Worcester, MA. Al Green is also a gay asylum seeker from Jamaica. A reception will follow at noon which will feature the testimonies and experiences from LGBTQ+ forced migrants.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is the first African-American Episcopal Church in New York City. Its initial location was on Centre Street in Lower Manhattan in where free African-Americans and enslaved Blacks came together to worship in a wooden building. After a fire destroyed its original structure, St. Philip’s would move to two more locations as a consequence of racialized violence from white residents and because of Civil War military operations. Eventually, St. Philip’s moved to its current location in 1911 and designed by the African American architect, Vertner Tandy.
Integrity Harlem is a continuation of LGTBQ+ ministries that began at St. Philip’s 15 years ago. The organization is a partner with Episcopal Migration Ministries and provides resources for LGBTQIA persons and their families, including legal, medical, mental health and spiritual advice and counsel.