For those in the Los Angeles area, make sure you pay a visit to Dignity Los Angeles. They are an advocacy group for the support, respect, and inclusion of LGBT Catholics. They have chapters all around the country, and organize special services, events, and liturgies for LGBT believers and loved ones. It would be a dream to see such a group transpire within the Coptic Community.
While reading message boards on the subject of homosexuality, it is obvious that the Coptic Church has little to no experience with this issue, and this lack of dialogue is dangerous for its congregants. There is a lack of dignity in the way the church deals with this issue. While it would be ideal for folks to remain close to their roots and love the church they grew up in, to worship in Spirit and in Truth is the ultimate, as Jesus said. A day will come where it will not be about facing Jerusalem, or Alexandria in our case :)
I don't think the clergy need to look any further than the One whom they not only worship, but also represent, in order to find the formula for treating people with dignity and respect. "Love the sinner, hate the sin." Who came up with that one anyway? To tell a person that you love them and hate their homosexuality, you are telling them that you hate their nature, that you hate their desire for partnership, and there is nothing edifying about that.
Again, my brothers and sisters, love your church, but make sure you find your safe place to worship as well, where you can be yourself, and it will make all the difference in the world.
I have been very busy this past week, so this entry is rather brief, so please forgive me. More to come, as there is so much to say.