The LGBT Community and Kintsugi

"LGBT & Kintsugi" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“LGBT & Kintsugi” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. The philosophy behind it is that breakage and repair is an essential, important, and valued part of the object’s history, rather than something that is to be ashamed of, concealed, or disguised.

So many hearts have been broken over the violence released on the LGBT community in Orlando. It is misleading to view the LGBT community as a monolithic, homogenous group. However, I’m finding it significant that it is the LGBT community that has something to teach the world about loving others unconditionally. Specifically, I’m very moved by how the LGBT community is bringing diverse people together and healing hearts following this crisis.

So I drew this broken heart repaired with the LGBT colors.



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2 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    So true about the Kintsugi. We are repaired by gold that flows from the fingers of God, and from the hugs of our neighbors, and the acceptance of our churches.

    The final repair is from our own fingers – – as we learn self-acceptance, and self-applause.

    This is one reason why we have Pride Parades in the different cities — to show we exist, that we rejoice with whom we are, and that we are not ashamed… and now to also show solidarity and recovery.

    The legalized second-class nature of being LGBT in the US was overcome by the Supreme Court decision. But our culture lags behind.

    Over time, our culture is slowly realizing that we are their neighbors, their sons, and their daughters. And their hearts are softening.

    100 years from now, I think we shall be like the Germans or Italians or Chinese in the US – – so well part of the culture, that ‘Oh, so your grandparents were gay? How cool!’ will be the norm.

  2. Let’s hope that will be the norm soon.