As Chicago prepares to welcome 12,000 LGBT athletes from around the world, the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) launches a "Love and Truth" initiative to present an alternative Christian message.
Ex-gays Linda Jernigan and Greg Quinlan, formerly a Human Rights Campaign activist, kick off the protest at the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago on Friday.
"We are presenting an alternative message to Gay Games attendees to anyone with an open mind to hear it," IFI Executive Director Peter LaBarbera said in a press release. "Our outreach includes several excellent speakers who embody the spirit of true Christian compassion on this issue. All of us embrace the lifechanging hope of Jesus Christ and understand that nobody has to be 'gay.'"
The IFI is working with Pastor Michael Allen of the Uptown Baptist Church. As part of the protest, volunteers will hand out water bottles with a gospel message to LGBT athletes and spectators. The protest ends on July 22 with a Christian outreach in front of the gay bathhouse Steamworks. Steamworks is a sponsor of the Gay Games.