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Religion and the LGBT community: 3 Books to Find Faith

Janet Mason | Posted 06.06.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

Coming Out in Faith: Voices of LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists edited by Susan A. Gore and Keith Kron was a breath of fresh air. The writers in this collection share their experiences of being amazed at being around straight allies who are genuinely not homophobic.

Coming Home: Selma, Int'l Women's Day, LGBT Rights and Unitarian Universalism

Janet Mason | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

In reflecting on what Selma meant to me personally (as a white child, watching the Civil Rights movement from the safety of my living room -- as a child who would grow up to be a feminist and a lesbian), I realized that I grew up in an era that taught me that injustice is intolerable.

Religious Acceptance Of LGBT Community Is On The Rise: Study

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion

Religious congregations are warming up to LGBT issues more and more, according to the results of a recent study out of Duke University. Conducted b...

NALT: A How-To Manual for Your Church

Francisco J. Tirado | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Francisco J. Tirado

In addition to being a term for pro-LGBT Christians, "NALT" is a newly launched Web movement for allies of faith to publicize their support for the LGBT community. "NALT" is a term that can be adopted for your own purposes in promoting LGBT rights at your church.

Can Religion And Gay Dating Ever Coexist?

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nicholas Marlin

I am a huge evangelist when it comes to being happy, so it is hard for me to watch close friends and others struggle with the issue of religion and gay dating. When your religious beliefs say that you are sinning simply because of whom you love, it can be a crushing blow to your self-esteem.

A Queer And Joyful Noise

James Lecesne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Lecesne

On June 1 New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine will throw open its doors for Queer First, an event that we hope will be annual, to demonstrate to LGBTQ youth citywide that we've got their backs, and to connect them to the Spirit in the most ecumenical way.

Religion: Benefit, Hazard Or Both When It Comes To LGBT People?

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

There are a lot of people working hard and spending a lot of money to make religion a hazard to LGBT people. Many other people of faith may deeply disagree with that treatment. However, when people of faith stand idly by, faith will continue to be a more of a hazard than a benefit.

LISTEN: Rev. Richard Emmanuel Talks About Religious Guilt And LGBT Equality

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Rev. Richard Emmanuel about why the quest for LGBT equality continues to create such a commotion within the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious communities. Emmanuel brings clarity to this dilemma.

What's With The Need For Black-And-White Thinking?

Jonathan Zeng | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan Zeng

Why do we have the need to see things in stark terms of "black and white" or "right and wrong"? Is there a "right" and a "wrong" way to look at everything? What about sexuality and gender identity?

A New Birth: Faith And Equality As One For LGBT Youth, Families And The Nation

Brent Childers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Childers

Let's resolve that 2013 will be the point in history where we no longer offer the imprimatur of respectability to the notion that a person's sexual orientation is something to be shamed and condemned, nor to anyone who promotes that notion.

Gay Bashing By Churches Is Why A New Pew Poll Shows America Losing Its Religion

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Besen

A new poll reveals that a record number of Americans now consider themselves unaffiliated with any particular religion. If you want to understand the reasons behind this trend, read the letter that Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt sent to the mother of a gay son.

A Devout Christian Expresses Unwavering Love For Her Gay Son

Patrick Wallace | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Patrick Wallace

This week on, a devout Christian mother named Shelley from Iowa City, Iowa expressed her personal journey toward accepting her gay son, Michael, while maintaining the religious faith she holds so dear to her heart.

Religion, Family, and Gay Teen Suicides

Aaron Anson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aaron Anson

I could hear the pain of abandonment in EricJames Borges' voice as he spoke about growing up in a deeply religious -- and deeply prejudiced -- home. This appears to be a common thread among every gay suicide I've had to ponder.

In LGBT Debates, Discomfort Is Part of the Point

Jay Michaelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jay Michaelson

As more religious communities recognize the existence and humanity of LGBT people, they are forced to engage in the sort of critical thought and introspection that makes religion worthwhile in the first place. This is a good thing.

Gay Marriage: Support the Right If Not the Act

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliyahu Federman

Supporting the right to do something does not mean one has to support the actual doing of that thing. I, for instance, support the legalization of marijuana, but I do not support smoking marijuana. Is this hypocrisy? Of course not.

Homos for the Holidays: A Religion Survival Guide

Rev. Jay Emerson Johnson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Jay Emerson Johnson, Ph.D.

Your daughter and her new girlfriend have joined you and your extended family for a holiday feast. You're thrilled, but your favorite uncle starts grumbling. Whenever he makes one of the following claims, just respond like this...

Manifesto of a (Proud) Religious Bigot!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am proud to be bigoted against any religious denomination's efforts to define me and members of my community as "sinners," to deny me and members of my community the rights of self-definition and self-determination.

Jesus Loves Lesbians, Too: The Birth of a Webcomic (PHOTOS)

Maria Burnham | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maria Burnham

2011-12-08-JesusLovesLesbiansToo1.jpgI wanted to create something that could share my story and my sister's story and be about Jesus but also about foraying into the world of lesbian sex and all its mysteries. And so my webcomic was born.

Do Demons Really Make You a Lesbian?

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

All you have to do is Google "demons homosexuality" to see that many people actually believe that the root cause of being gay is a demon laying claim to your wanton soul. Apparently my father was one of those people.

Recognizing Our Right To Be As We Are

Heather Matarazzo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Heather Matarazzo

I had just started filming Welcome to the Dollhouse, and with that, I met -- or should I say, became aware of -- gay people. Now, I had always been attracted to women, but I could never put a name to it until that summer of 1994.

This Love Thing

Caroline Murphy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Caroline Murphy

I am truly grateful for being gay because it forced me to talk to God directly. And in so doing, two things became clear and loud and real and the bar by which I hope every decision I now make is made: God is Love, and God is everything.

Being Gay Is a Gift from God

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Ed Bacon

On this National Coming Out Day 2011, it is time for people of faith to speak out against the bigotry that has for too long fueled the fires of homophobia that perpetuate violence against LGBT people and plant the seeds of self-loathing in LGBT youth.

Yes, Anti-LGBT Religious Groups Are Hate Groups

Rev. Dr. Katrina D. Foster | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Dr. Katrina D. Foster

As a devout, orthodox Christian and Jesus freak, I do not think using the word "hate" to describe what Mr. Daly and the people at Focus on the Family and other organizations are trying to do is too strong.

Gay Clergy: God's Spirit at Work?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

It seems that once the issue of gay clergy has been resolved, usually after decades of wrangling, the denominations (or what's left of them, anyway) begin to experience a new freedom and energy to pursue their mission.

The Golden State, Gay Marriage and the Golden Rule

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Less than two years after Proposition 8 restricted marriage to heterosexual couples, only 1 person in 5 now says that Proposition 8 was a "good thing" for California, and 51 percent would vote to allow same-sex couples to marry.