During a discussion at a LGBTQ+ Town Hall event, Reverend Dr. Ann Atwell, a pastor in the LGBTQ+ community, expressed why she avoids using the word “God” and prefers terms like “sacred” or “divine” instead. She mentioned that the word “God” can be triggering for many lesbian and queer women due to its historical association with control and exclusion. Women’s roles in church have often been diminished, leading to disinterest and discomfort with organized religion. However, progressive queer churches like Sunshine Cathedral embrace queer theology and provide a safe space for marginalized individuals. The harmful effects of toxic religion are acknowledged, and efforts are made to address the damage caused and support those who have been hurt.