Dennis Williams was leaving Bethesda United Methodist Church, on Tuesday, when he discovered the church’s two-story tall LGBTQ pride banner on the side of the building had been torn up and destroyed.
“I’m a member of the LGBTQIA+ community … It was gut wrenching,” said Williams, who works as a children’s minister at the church. “It made me emotional, because we belong to a church that is so welcoming and has embraced us as a family so well. It was really sad to see.”
The church had put up security cameras earlier this year “out of an abundance of caution,” Williams said, after hearing reports of other churches experiencing hostility for hanging up pride flags and banners.