Local churches work to be more inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Locals gathered for a Katie’s Cup Conversation.

On the menu Tuesday, a crash course on the LGBTQ+ community.

"I'm trying to learn more so I can be an effective Pastor," says Reverend Bill Nesbit.

He came today looking for ways for his church to be more inclusive.

"I think that a lot issues come from not knowing, so by talking about it, that's beginning to make changes,” says Pastoral Intern Alfi Wyatt.

Wyatt came out as gender queer and pan sexual to Zion Church earlier this year.

"When I came out, that’s when we started having discussions,” says Wyatt.

This step sparked a movement to educate others on a topic controversial to many churches.

"We still have to go forward and have those conversations to ever actually make that change in the community," says Wyatt.

And Wyatt is not alone.

"As one of the principal oppressors for this community in history, we need to learn from our mistakes and find ways to move forward and be more open,” says Reverend Nesbit.

For some, church has not been a pleasant experience. They are hoping that having these discussions will make them feel more included.

“I think it is changing your mindset,” says LGBTQ+ member Jax Kendall. “Realize this is how I was made and I cannot change that about myself.”

He hopes conversations like these, will help him feel accepted.

"I just want to be seen as another normal person. Someone who has a big heart," says Kendall.

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