A well-known minister who has come under fire for remarks about lesbians said yesterday that his comments were taken out of context.
The Rev. Willie F. Wilson, pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast, also told his congregation during a morning service that his church has done more for the gay community than most other churches in the city.
"Ain’t no church in Washington, D.C., unless it’s a gay church, that has done more to reach out to the gay . . . community than Union Temple," he said.
Wilson was criticized for his comments made during a recorded sermon this month: "You got to be careful when you say you don’t need no man. ‘I can make it by myself.’ Well, if you don’t need a man, what’s left?"
He cautioned that lesbianism is about "to take over our community. I’m talking about young girls. My son in high school last year tried to go to the prom. He said, ‘Dad, I ain’t got nobody to take to the prom because all the girls in my class are gay. Ain’t but two of ’em straight, and both of them ugly.’ "
He then discussed a gay sexual encounter in graphic and derogatory terms. His remarks were first reported by the Washington Blade.
Wilson, national executive director of the Millions More Movement to mark the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March in October, said his comments were misunderstood by those outside the church. "You know what I was talking about," said Wilson, a former mayoral candidate. "I was talking about a serious problem in our schools about our young girls. I was speaking to that issue."