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‘RHOA’ star Porsha Williams apologizes to LGBT community for anti-gay sermon

Porsha Stewart attends Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2012 at the Philips Arena on December 12, 2012 in Atlanta.
(Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images for Jingle Ball 2012)

Reality star and singer Porsha Williams has issued an apology to the LGBT community. On Monday, TMZ posted a video uploaded to YouTube back in August 2010. In the video, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was seen in the recording delivering a sermon at High Praise Christian Center Ministries in GA in which she passionately speaks to a congregation about saving gays and lesbians.

Williams preached about the devil’s temptations and how it is the responsibility of Christians to spread the message to sinners that they are worthy. She says, “Don’t let the devil tell you you’re not worthy of God’s blessings, he wants to use you no matter what. That’s why we Christians are supposed to be telling the hooker on the street, the drug dealer, the person who in the hospital who try and commit suicide, the gays, the lesbians – we’re supposed to try and save them and tell them, ‘you are worth!”

Considering Williams works for a gay man, “RHOA” executive producer Andy Cohen, and performs her songs in gay clubs, the message she spreads in the video is a little bit surprising as highlighted by co-star Cynthia Bailey who told TMZ that Porsha is currently playing both sides of the gay community. In response to the video, Bailey said she found it disappointing and said, “To put gays and lesbians in the same category as drug dealers, hookers, and people who attempt suicide is ignorant and insensitive. Especially when she just recently profited from performing at a popular gay club in NYC. #flipflop.”

Gay cast member Miss Lawrence was equality disappointed but wasn’t surprised because there are women who “use the community as a service,” which is something co-star and “Glee” actress NeNe Leakes has also been accused of. But in recognizing the harm the video has caused, Williams issued an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Tuesday. She apologized for the anti-gay comments and addressed the issue by stating, “God loves all children.”

As it has been a strenuous few months for Williams, who has gone through a public divorce from former NFL star Kordell Stewart and recently faced battery charges after an altercation with co-star Kenya Moore, the “RHOA” star has definitely made her own mistakes and in the process has experienced her own growth. In her apology she says, “I apologize that those words hurt the LGBT community, my fans and my supporters. Life is a journey and I’m growing every day.”

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