Illustration by Jessica Stephens
Recent surveys conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA found that more than 9 million adults in the United States identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. That’s roughly equal to the population of New Jersey.
“From my understanding, 10 percent of the population is gay,” Shafer said. “That means 10 percent of Anniston is gay and they need to have a place of worship. We’d love to have them worship here, or anywhere for that matter.”