Since November 30th, Michigan Reverend Michael Tupper has been living outside in the freezing cold to protest the way the LGBT community is mistreated by the Methodist Church. He was inspired to do this because even though he is a Methodist pastor himself, he does not agree with the way LGBT people “are being forced out of our church and into the cold.”
He plans to stay in the tent for a total of 175 days. He believes his protest is “a symbol of how our denomination, the United Methodist Church, is responding to LGBTQ persons and pushing them outside the church.”
He stays in the tent typically at night from about 9:30pm to 6:30am and uses two sleeping bags to keep him warm in the near freezing temperatures.
He has also traveled during the protest and continued his camp out at the United Methodist conference headquarters in Indianapolis and Madison, Wisconsin. He wants to go protest at the various United Methodist offices around the US over the next couple of months.
“My ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the problems of discrimination and to inspire people to make a change to allow for LGBTQ persons to be married in our church and to allow LGBTQ persons to serve as pastors in our church,” Tupper said.