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'Stations Of The Cross: The Struggle For LGBT Equality' Paintings Movingly Show Shared Sufferings

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion

Every year, artist Mary Button makes a series of paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross that relate the story of Jesus' sufferings to people cu...

Caring For Others Will Save The World

Joseph Ward III | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

If we care enough, we can give ourselves permission to journey into the shoes and lives of others we don't understand; we can open our arms to hold and listen to the LGBTQ people of our world.

A Message To Conservative Christians: Evolve On LGBT Equality

Joseph Ward III | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

As public opinion shifts, churches that do not fully affirm LGBT people will leave many in their flock behind. Scripture void of compassion is merely words, and our ability to have compassion for every human being is critical to our faith and in an increasingly diverse world.

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

Joseph Ward III | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

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!

Wouldn't You Deface A Racist Ad?

Joseph Ward III | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

I could imagine walking through the subways of New York City seeing these racist ads, and Mona's actions seem to strike at the very real and raw reaction we should all have towards hate.

Meet Joseph Ward, Director Of A Christian LGBT Equality Group

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.16.2012 | DC

This installment of our "My D.C." Q&A series is with Joseph Ward III, director of Believe Out Loud -- a group that works at the intersection of lesbi...

President Obama's Support Of Marriage Equality Inspires American Christians

Joseph Ward III | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

It has finally happened. And at Believe Out Loud, we've been watching support from the Christian community pour in from around the country almost immediately after hearing this news.

Pro-LGBT Christian Voices Take Center Stage In 2011

Joseph Ward III | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

Just a few years ago, public opinion placed Christianity clearly in the "God vs. Gay" camp. The events of 2011 demonstrated a shift in profound and thrilling ways.

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

Joseph Ward III | Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

It's unconscionable how out of touch you are with the values of equality, freedom and justice. Not only have you alienated Christians across the United States who unconditionally welcome and affirm the LGBT community; you've alienated many across the world.

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

Joseph Ward III | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

Before the New York City riots at Stonewall Inn launched the gay civil rights movement, there was Dr. Frank Kameny.

Putting A Halt To The Religious Right's Anti-Gay Rhetoric

Joseph Ward III | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

America's values are clear. Why then does the religious right continue to dominate the national conversation? It is time for us to put this nonsense to rest.

Dan Savage On LGBTQ Bullies: Why The Church Must Change

Joseph Ward III | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

To clergy: make a point to preach on welcome, and don't be afraid to talk about how God made LGBTQ persons in God's own image.

Coming Out Christian

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

I am calling on Christians to come out of the closet and reveal ourselves as Children of God. And our congregations need to be radically welcoming of all of God's people.

Jim Wallis And 'Defending The Dignity And Civil Rights Of Gays And Lesbians'

John Shore | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Let's begin with the first and primary point of Wallis' defense: It's bad to bully gays, and good to defend the lives, dignity and civil rights of gay people.

The Sojourners And Jim Wallis Backlash Misses The Point

Christopher LaTondresse | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Christopher LaTondresse

As a committed Christian and a queer atheist who both work to advance interfaith and intercultural understanding, we've watched with heavy hearts as Sojournershas been taken to task.

An Open Letter To Jim Wallis

John Shore | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Recently the good people at Believe Out Loud produced a wonderful little video promoting LGBT equality in our churches. They were hoping the video might run on your site.