Local History: Hands Around the God Box: Interfaith prayer vigil to end religious homophobia

Last Updated on February 13, 2023 by Kittredge Cherry

Hands Around the God Box was an interfaith prayer vigil to end religious homophobia. It was held at the Interchurch Center in New York City on June 24, 1994 as part of Stonewall 25 events.

More than 500 people from 15 LGBTQ religious groups joined hands and were linked by a rainbow ribbon that completely encircled the Interchurch Center at 475 Riverside Drive. The box-shaped 19-story building housed the headquarters of the World Council of Chuches, the U.S. National Council of Churches (NCC) and many other religious agencies. Q Spirit is honoring LGBTQ history by highlighting this liong-forgotten landmark event here.

“I came up with the idea for Hands Around the God Box and organized it as national ecumenical officer for Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC),” said Q Spirit founder Kittredge Cherry.

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