Why you might see people marked with glitter on Ash Wednesday

NEW YORK — Standing outside the historic Stonewall Inn, a clergy member said a quick prayer as she marked a young woman with ashes — ashes that sparkled even under the cloudy sky.

As a project of Parity, a faith-based LGBTQ-focused organization in New York City, nearly 100 churches nationwide marked their congregation with “glitter ashes” on Ash Wednesday to promote and celebrate the inclusion of LGBT Christians.

The glitter symbolizes a “sign of our hope, which does not...


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