MEET ANNE BARRON- A MEMBER OF THE LEGACY COMMUNITY!
for June 2, 2021
In a lot of ways, finding Legacy was finding a home. Like many queer Christians, growing up I developed a deep and meaningful relationship with Jesus. I loved church and the community that it gave me. I spent my school year leading the bible club and my summers on mission trips or at bible camp. And to be honest, it was all deeply sincere and real to me. Coming out as gay meant losing the community I had spent my life building, but even worse, I thought it meant losing God.
In faith communities, LGBTQ people are asked to constantly identify what is safe and what is not. Sometimes being told that they are welcome in attendance but not in service. We deep dive church websites to understand their stance on our existence. We search for the nuances between the words accepting and affirming. And we often brace for disappointment in communities that will reflect God back to us. It can be exhausting to find the place that we fit.
With that said, my wife and I learned about Legacy Collective at a church. We had just gotten to the point in our marriage and lives that we wanted to find a place to consistently give. We hoped to find a community that we could raise our kids in that valued serving and loving well.
Legacy checked all the boxes of what we were looking for but, it also checked boxes of things that we had no idea we were allowed to hope for. Legacy, as an organization, doesn’t just accept or affirm LGBTQ members, it deeply celebrates and honors our lives.
I remember the first time that the CEO called me to say that she felt it was necessary to start vetting organizations for affirming LGBTQ practices before including them for grants. As a queer person, I can’t express how seen I felt in that moment. Not only was I allowed space here, that space was going to be fiercely protected. There would always be a home for me and my family.
It’s pride month and, for me, pride is completely intertwined with the joy of being unapologetically, wholly, who we are meant to be. Legacy has created a space and giving community that opens the doors wide and pulls up chairs for all of us. –Anne Barron, Legacy Investor and Advisory Board Member