A one-time Christian pastor and bestselling author, who recently apologised to the LGBT community for anti-gay comments he had previously made, has marched at Vancouver Pride.
Joshua Harris - the author of the 1997 biblical guide to relationships, I Kissed Dating Goodbye - renounced his faith after splitting with his wife of 21 years.
Taking to Instagram just nine days after announcing his divorce, Harris wrote that he had “undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus”.
In the same message, he wrote: “I have lived in repentance for the past several years - repenting of my self-righteousness, my fear-based approach to life, the teaching of my books, my views of women in the church, and my approach to parenting to name a few.
“But I specifically want to add to this list now: to the LGBTQ+ community, I want to say that I am sorry for the views that I taught in my books and as a pastor regarding sexuality.
“I regret standing against marriage equality, for not affirming you and your place in the church, and for any ways that my writing and speaking contributed to a culture of exclusion and bigotry. I hope you can forgive me.”
Taking part in the Vancouver Pride Parade just a week after renouncing Christianity and while wearing a shirt from the British government’s Love Is Great campaign, Harris uploaded numerous photos from the procession. One of the pics, a selfie, featured him posing with Queerology podcast host Matthias Roberts and Everyday Sunday singer Trey Pearson - whose band was banned from performing at Christian rock festivals after he came out as gay.
To accompany his posted pics, Harris wrote: “An American in Canada marching with the British Consulate in the Pride Parade.”
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