I Couldn’t Be More Proud at Pride, You Know, In a Humble Way Of Course

I Couldn’t Be More Proud at Pride, You Know, In a Humble Way Of Course June 29, 2010

Photo credit to Michelle at MalAdjusted Media

You HAVE GOT TO READ the powerful story of why this man in his underwear is hugging us! It’s one of the most powerful experiences I’ve encountered in a long time. Thanks to Nathan Albert, Director of Pastoral Care for The Marin Foundation, who chronicled this on his blog.

Here is the picture of the same guy who just jumped off his float, sprinting towards when he realized what we’re sorry for to give us his hugs and tears! Wow…

UPDATE: The man in his underwear is named Tristan, and he commented on Nathan’s blog! He said:

“Thank you so much for kind words and beautiful actions. I am Tristan (the man in the underwear). You are a breath of fresh air in this world. With so much hate and intolerance around us it is amazing to open your mind and heart in such a loving way. Again thank you and this was an amazing read and something I will never forget!”

There were 20 of us. Gay and straight. Black and white. Male and female and transgender. Christian and non-Christian. Old and young. Parents and children and siblings and friends and co-workers. No matter what, we all had one thing in common: Humility.

Please click on the link above to read Nathan’s account of this life changing moment for all of us.

It’s crazy what’s happening through this…

Much love.


*This post has been viewed over 3.1 million times, first posted on my previous blog. Since the blog move, the “shares” did not transfer.

UPDATE: Our “Hugging a Man in his Underwear” picture has been named the #1 Picture to Restore Faith in Humanity by BuzzFeed; and was named one of the Best 12 Images of 2012 by Reddit/Imgur.

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  • Heather

    What’s Nathan’s blog? I’d love to read the article.

  • Heather: Click on the link above the dancing photo. That’ll take you to Nathan’s blog.

  • Wow. That was nothing short of beautiful! Where’d you guys get the idea for this campaign? I LOVE it! Reminds me a lot of an event that Don Milller and his friends did at Reed College (reported in his book “Blue Like Jazz”).

    • It was an idea from Kevin Harris – our Director of Community Relations. Kevin did a smaller version of this many years ago and it had such an impact he thought it would be a powerful tool of reconciliation for us to do. Was he ever right!

      Also, I might be the only person who has never read Blue Like Jazz. Maybe I should read it now 🙂

  • todd

    You do realize you are spreading a false message, right? Love the sinner, not the sin. A simple statement taken wildly out of context in just about all situations. Homosexuality is a sin. Eating pork is a sin. god said it. We show our love to God by obeying His rules. People are too wrapped up in their flesh to obey. They let their “feelings” ( flesh, carnal nature, etc…) drive their behavior. Now, specifically regarding the whole glbt group (all behaviors that are specified as sin), why in the world should I be guilty for following God’s rules? I don’t, why would it? Now, I also don’t hate on gays, lesbians,etc… I just don’t approve or promote their lifestyle. I don’t get on my horse and shout them down as sinners who will burn…yada, yada, yada either. I am like most covenant believers. The silent majority if you will. The non rabid Catholics, Christians, Baptists and the like who are wrapped up in religion and not God’s way of doing things. And, as an aside, those overly indoctrinated religious types don’t limit themselves to hating on homosexuals, they are equal opportunity offenders of Jews and other religions to. I think if given a choice, they would choose gays over Jews because gays would be the lesser threat to their worldview. So, there you have it. No person in covenant with God hates gays, or anyone else for that matter. We do however hate the sin that is eroding our country’s moral foundation and negatively affecting us all.

    • Nathaniel Nelson

      Todd, please, realize what you’re saying: you’re calling the message of reconciliation a false message. I understand your viewpoint, and I actually believe you are right. But can’t you see that your post is exactly what the Marin Foundation is apologizing for? A GLBT person does not relate to the phrase “love the sinner, hate the sin”: for most GLBT people, their orientation basically defines their identity. In their minds, there is no way to separate their sin from their selves. Please understand this. Please realize that although you are correct, you are not acting out of love. There is no way to say “love the sinner, hate the sin” without insulting GLBT people, and moving them away from Christ. If you knew more GLBT people, you would understand that. I highly suggest Andrew Marin’s book, Love is an Orientation, in order to give you the context you need to understand where the Marin Foundation is coming from and what exactly Christians have done wrong. Because we have done very wrong.

  • ruth

    Nathaniel Nelson the message of reconcilliation on this subject is false. Light has nothing in common with darkness. same sex relationships are forbidden in scripture and disapproving of such behaviour is NOT something that Christians need to apologise for. That sends out the wrong mesgae.

    • Kelsey

      I understand that biblically speaking, homosexuality is a sin.
      Are we not dead to sin though? (Romans 8) and we are called to not judge others, only cast out that darkness within outselves.
      What profit does exiling gays from the Christian ministry bring to the glory of God’s kingdom?
      It breeds hate, confusion and only pushes people farther away from God.
      I am never concerned with the sins of others, unless I cannot sin first. Which is impossible. Instead, I recognized that Christ has freed us from all sin, and as I continue to walk with him and become more Christ-like, I hope that sin diminishes, but it will not be my focus, because it will always be there.
      So it would not be my focus with others, I will love, love, love as I let the love of God flow from me to others. Any judgement that I place on others, could never be of God.

  • Erin

    I’m not gay, but I’m passionate about the rights of GLBT people in our society, and I want to say thank you.

    What you’ve done it beautiful.

    As for anyone else with a problem with it, well, maybe you should leave the judgment to God.

  • JLynne

    Thanks Erin, it’s good to read something like what you wrote now and then 🙂

  • Meghan

    I recently came across your blog and this page. I am a huge supporter of GLBT rights. Most of my friends are gay men and I know that if people who hate or disapprove of their ‘lifestyle’ knew my friends, it could change their minds. GLBT people deserve the love, respect, and rights the rest of us have. I think you are very brave for what you are doing and I greatly appreciate it. You and your group are perfect examples of real Christians. Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Noelia

    I am so happy to see that there are other Christians that also belive God’s message of love does not stop before the LGBT community but embraces us ALL. What you’re doing seems wonderful!

  • I saw this picture when it first went on Facebook. Two years later and a lot of soul searching later I “accidentally” stumbled across your blog and had the privledge of reading Nathan’s blog as well. I feel shouting “finally”! Someone gets it. I’m not alone, I’m not the only Christian who actually believes what the bible says and is doing what God commands. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR as thyself. Thank you. The picture impacted me two years ago, the blog still sits in the back of my mind. Now I know exactly how to respond to my gay friends and what to do with them. Hug them!

  • Marcus Antony

    I think you all are deceiving yourselves. READ IT AND WEEP!