Carl Bean was a trailblazing LGBTQ+ activist and gospel singer. Bean was a pioneer in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance within the Black church, founding the Unity Fellowship Church Movement in 1975 to provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ people of faith. He was also known for his powerful gospel music, including the hit song "I Was Born This Way," which became an anthem for the LGBTQ+ community.
Bean's legacy will continue to inspire and uplift generations to come. He was a champion for equality and justice, and his work transformed the lives of countless individuals and communities. As we mourn his passing, we honor his memory and commit to carrying on his mission of love, acceptance, and liberation for all. Rest in power, dear Archbishop.
In loving memory of Minister Clifton Butler, 'Superman' of the Unity Fellowship Church staff. We honor and celebrate the life of a remarkable individual who touched the hearts of many. His legacy lives on through the memories we hold dear and the impact he made on our lives. May his spirit continue to guide and inspire us as we cherish the time we had with him. Rest in power, dear Minister.