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Franklin Pride Recognized as a Religious Festival

Djedi Order

May 5, 2023

Our Historic Victory in Getting Pride in Franklin, Tennessee Recognized as a Religious Event

In a groundbreaking triumph for inclusivity and religious freedom, the Djedi Order, the first LGBTQIA+ religion, achieved a significant milestone recently. After a dialogue with the City Council in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as many other efforts within the community, the council has agreed to recognize the Franklin Pride event as a religious festival. This decision marks a watershed moment for the Djedi Order and the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole, reaffirming their rights and paving the way for greater acceptance and understanding.

The Djedi Order, has been at the forefront of promoting LGBTQIA+ rights, spirituality, and social justice. Its core tenets emphasize compassion, unity, and self-discovery, fostering an environment where individuals of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities can thrive in their spiritual journey. As the first LGBTQIA+ religion, the Order has been dedicated to challenging societal norms and dismantling barriers to acceptance.

Franklin Pride, an annual event that celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community, has long been a cherished occasion for individuals and allies alike. It serves as a symbol of solidarity, love, and acceptance, offering a safe space for people to express themselves authentically. The event features vibrant parades, inspiring speeches, artistic performances, and community outreach initiatives, all aimed at fostering a culture of inclusion.

While Franklin Pride has always been an integral part of the local LGBTQIA+ community, it faced opposition and resistance from certain quarters. Concerns were raised about the event's validity and purpose, leading to its uncertain future.

The decision by the Franklin City Council to recognize Franklin Pride as a religious festival is a momentous achievement that will reverberate far beyond the borders of Tennessee. It not only upholds the principles of religious freedom but also sends a powerful message of acceptance to LGBTQIA+ communities worldwide. This victory signifies that LGBTQIA+ individuals have the right to celebrate their identity and find spiritual solace within their own communities.

The recognition of Franklin Pride as a religious festival not only solidifies the Djedi Order's legitimacy but also sets a precedent for the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ events within the broader religious landscape. This triumph encourages other communities to engage in open dialogue, fostering understanding and acceptance among diverse religious and non-religious groups. It is a stepping stone towards building a society where everyone can embrace their identities without fear or prejudice.

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