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Caring for Others Will Save the World

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:31 AM

I think about my story all the time. Often, I'm not always sure what's important about it. You've probably seen or dealt with something in your life that makes you see the world a little different than yesterday. Something that makes getting out of bed each morning a victory. Maybe...

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America's Definition of Family Has Changed

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 9:23 AM

Last week on a cold and rainy evening, I met a 9-year-old named Leo, who was speaking to a group of about 100 students in front of the Supreme Court. He stood atop a podium, clutching a piece of notebook paper and a microphone as he told a...

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Did a Gay Vatican Underworld Cause Pope Benedict to Quit?

(47) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Just days before Pope Benedict became the first pontiff to resign in 600 years, his office was embroiled in yet another intrigue -- this time involving the discovery of an alleged gay underworld in the Vatican.

As reported in La Repubblica, an underground...

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How LGBT Families Are Expanding Christian Love

(267) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 3:56 PM

 As we usher in the Lenten season, I've been reflecting on how traditional Catholic theology has slammed into some painful walls of the modern world.  

First, the letter of resignation from Pope Benedict XVI, where he acknowledged his lack of strength of mind and body to lead in a rapidly...

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A Message to Conservative Christians: Evolve on LGBT Equality

(439) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 12:08 PM

In less than 24 hours it was discovered that the Georgia mega church pastor, chosen to give the benediction at the President's second inauguration, preached anti-gay sermons over a decade ago. Rev. Louie Giglio took quite a public lashing from progressives around the country and has since been...

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2012's Top 10 Moments in Christian Faith & LGBT Equality

(60) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 10:40 AM

In 2012, the voices of Christian faith for LGBT equality have advocated for change across the country. Keep reading to see Believe Out Loud's top ten moments of the year!

10: The First Lesbian was approved for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA), following a historic policy shift...

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Wouldn't You Deface A Racist Ad?

(42) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:08 AM

If you haven't seen this video, take a look at Mona Eltahawy spray hot pink graffiti over a racist subway ad in New York City. Mona is an Egyptian-American journalist with a long and steady record defending the dignity of women, Muslims and countless others. Earlier this year,...

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President Obama's Support of Marriage Equality Inspires American Christians

(23) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 1:53 PM

It has finally happened. President Obama declared his support for marriage equality. In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, President Obama told the country and the world that he has come to the decision that he personally supports same sex marriage. What's more, he citied his Christian faith as a...

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Mormons Take Steps to Welcome Gay Community

(338) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 11:50 AM

You could hear a pin drop.

Dozens of faces gazed at Katy Adams as her eyes began to puddle, her voice shaking. Visibly reflective in thought, Katy relived the news of a phone call, five years ago, from her brother -- wanting to jump off a rooftop at Brigham...

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Santorum Is Bad for LGBT Adults, Worse for LGBT Youth

(5) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Over the last few weeks, the Republican race for president has been watched apathetically by many Americans, but Rick Santorum continues to shake things up with unexpected wins, courting "very conservative" Republican voters as his core strategy. While his rise may provide for interesting punditry across the media and rile...

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Pro-LGBT Christian Voices Take Center Stage In 2011: The Top 10

(225) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 11:39 AM

Just a few years ago, public opinion placed Christianity clearly in the "God vs. Gay" camp. Today, despite what Rick Perry would have us think, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Americans agree that gay and lesbian relationships should be accepted by society, including majorities of all major religious groups except...

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Rick Perry: If You Don't Support LGBT Human Rights, Don't Run For President

(129) Comments | Posted December 10, 2011 | 4:08 PM

Governor Perry,

I read your furious response to a recent White House memorandum where you called President Obama's leadership "silly" for strengthening international protections of LGBT human rights. You also made generalizations that unfairly assume all people of faith in America are homophobic.

It's unconscionable how out of...

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LGBT-Inclusive Christians Honor Frank Kameny's Fight for Gay Rights

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 6:25 AM

Before the New York City riots at Stonewall Inn launched the gay civil rights movement, there was Dr. Frank Kameny. On Nov. 3, the civil rights leader, who died on National Coming Out Day, was honored by the LGBT community in Washington, D.C. As they remembered a man known as "one...

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Putting a Halt to the Religious Right's Anti-Gay Rhetoric

(586) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 1:10 PM

"I wish I could be happy, I try, I try, I try ... I just want to feel special to someone." --Jamie Hubley

On Oct. 14, Jamie Hubley, a gay 15-​year-​old boy, committed suicide. He struggled with depression and bullying from classmates because he was openly gay. The challenges experienced...

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Dan Savage On LGBTQ Bullies: Why The Church Must Change

(27) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 9:56 AM

I've always appreciated Dan Savage's brutal honesty, and to-the-point bluntness. Just look at Rick Santorum. Back in 2003, the former U.S. Senator compared gay sex to pedophilia and bestiality, and in retaliation, Savage, a Seattle based sex columnist and founder of the "It Gets Better" project,...

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Gays Are Christians, Too

(383) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 5:11 PM

Two of the identities I hold dear to my heart are my faith and my orientation. As a child, I wondered if I could lead a "normal" life as a gay Christian. My family and I attended a Baptist church in eastern New Mexico, and I had numerous experiences within...

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A Living Hell: LGBT Iranians and the Islamic State

(36) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 1:45 PM

He woke up naked on his bathroom floor. Hamid could hear police officials sifting through his ex-wife's jewelry boxes, emptying the drawers of his child's dresser and conducting an arbitrary search of his possessions.

Like many gay Iranians, Hamid was pressured by his parents to marry a woman based...

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Dear Ugandan Christians: Stop Torturing Your Citizens

(33) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 4:58 PM

Do you know what's happening to LGBT persons in Uganda? Today, many across the world are mourning the loss of David Kato, an outspoken gay rights advocate in Uganda who was brutally beaten with a hammer and murdered in his home on Wednesday (Jan. 26). As the New...

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Islam and Homosexuality: The Problem Isn't Religion But Those Who Lead It

(200) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 12:58 PM

Of the 76 countries that persecute people for their sexual orientation, Iran will let an Islamic judge put them to death; Mauritania and Yemen will kill by public stoning; Saudi Arabia and parts of Nigeria and Somalia will do it based on their interpretation of Sharia law; Sudan will kill...

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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Speaks Out (AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT)

(161) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 10:21 PM

Since speaking with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on July 16 about the Muslim community center to be built in lower Manhattan, it has been painful to watch the national dialogue around this issue deteriorate into misinformation, hysteria and fear of Islam.

Imam Rauf has been overseas and...

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