Worshippers were greeted by a rainbow colored flag waving in the sunlight at Sunday services at Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in downtown Cleveland. Today, there are some extra special visitors who have come here - athletes from the Gay Games from thousands of miles away.
"Cleveland has done an excellent job welcoming us. We've never been from this part of the country. We're really glad at the welcome we received," says Leonardo Ospina, a volleyball player from Colombia.
Trinity Cathedral didn't just invite people from the Gay Games to come worship here. They actually helped sponsor the big event.
Trinity's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Ministry Team helped to raise money to bring some Salvadoran and Colombian athletes to town.
"They've actually sponsored us, covered part of our trip, so we can make it all the way over here. So we are really excited to join them today," added Ospina.Trinity also has a special exhibit in its gallery to coincide with the Gay Games this week. It's called "Love makes a Family." There are pictures and personal stories designed to do away with stereotypes and homophobia.
"The cathedral is and has been a very inclusive community. We welcome all, and we welcome everyone to come and be with us at anytime," says Ed Metz, Trinity's Verger Emeritus.
Athletes say, that message is coming through. Loud and clear.
"It's a big community. You are included here. It's awesome," says Casir Ochoa of Colombia.
There will be a Gay Games Interfaith Service at Trinity on Monday, August 11th at 7 p.m.
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