Content Filed Under: Faith Support

Posts featuring supportive faith institutions or individual faith leaders and people of faith.


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My LDS faith leads me to support the Equality Act

The Salt Lake Tribune • June 30, 2021, 11:45 am This year, for the first time, we raised a rainbow flag at our home in honor of Pride Month. It prompted good discussions with my older kids about what the flag stands for and why we are displaying it. These talks were helpful both in trying to teach my kids to practice inclusiveness and as a reminder that we respect the dignity of all people.
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We’re all made in God’s image

Anchorage Daily News • June 29, 2021, 11:47 am All across Alaska, there is a rich and strong history of LGBTQ-affirming faith communities that are getting to the heart of everyday dignity and justice for our neighbors. For more than 20 years, I’ve been serving as the rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, a welcoming and affirming congregation in Anchorage. My position at St. Mary’s sometimes leads to opportunities to walk alongside those who are struggling. I have spoken with many Alaskans who have a hard time understanding their LGBTQ family members and reconciling their deep love with their religious upbringing. I understand that many people may have complex views on LGBTQ people, but Holy Scripture itself is clear: We’re all made in the image of God, worthy of love, dignity and respect.
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Why my faith compels me to support the Equality Act

The Morning Call • June 19, 2021, 10:29 am As the conference minister of the Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, I often speak on social justice issues and their connection to Scripture and our Christian faith. Today, I write in support of a groundbreaking piece of legislation called the Equality Act.
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Pulse shooting spurs effort to understand LGBTQ struggles

Orlando Sentinel • June 10, 2021, 10:22 am Five years ago, a mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 more. This was one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism in U.S. history targeting the LGBTQ community, particularly LGBTQ people of color.
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Equality Act an opportunity for moral clarity

Charlotte Observer • June 9, 2021, 10:18 am Thirty years ago on a warm summer evening at Livingstone College in Salisbury, a student came to my office and told me that he was planning to end his life. I had counseled many students in my time as campus minister for Livingstone – a historically Black college affiliated with the AME Zion denomination – but this conversation was different. The young man before me was struggling deeply with what he felt was a conflict between his sexual orientation and his faith. The discrimination and condemnation he had experienced meant that he couldn’t see a place for himself in the world anymore. As I listened to his story, it struck me that my response could mean the difference between this bright young student living or dying. What he needed was acceptance.
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Euphoria Star Hunter Schafer’s Dad Mac on Why His Faith Calls Him to Support Trans Equality

PEOPLE • May 25, 2021, 3:57 pm The Reverend Dr. Mac Schafer is a pastor in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has served in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 28 years. He has his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In this op-ed for PEOPLE, the reverend opens up about supporting his daughter Hunter Schafer, a model and LGTBQ activist who stars in HBO's critically acclaimed hit Euphoria alongside Zendaya — and showing up for the LGBTQ community.
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NC Faith Leader Calls On Tillis, Burr to Back Equality Bill: ‘Love Thy Neighbor … Means Every Neighbor’

Cardinal & Pine • May 25, 2021, 10:14 am If we listen to some special interest groups and politicians, we might think there’s a deep divide among people of faith about how to relate to the LGBTQ community. But when we look closely at faith communities and listen to the people living their faith, we see the truth of their support for the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people.
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Equality is for all God’s children: Black, brown, white, straight and LGBTQ

The Hill • May 18, 2021, 3:47 pm In his first joint address to Congress, President Biden said young transgender people are “so brave” and urged lawmakers to pass the Equality Act, which would expand federal civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in virtually all areas of American life. The president’s request for federal legislation comes as state legislatures around the country have passed anti-LGBTQ laws targeting transgender youth, including bills that ban best-practice medical care and restrict participation in school sports. Biden is right: we need immediate federal action to guarantee equal protection under the law for transgender youth.
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Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future

The Detroit Jewish News • May 14, 2021, 3:44 pm Bella Abzug was a force of nature. She was the first Jewish woman elected to the U.S. Congress and a leader in the women’s movement. Abzug, who died 23 years ago, served three terms in the House of Representatives in the 1970s. Ahead of her time, she championed progressive changes, co-authored and shepherded through passage of the Freedom of Information Act and the Right to Privacy Act. Abzug personified the beautiful Jewish tradition of tikkun olam by fighting for women’s rights and LGBTQ equality and nondiscrimination protections.
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Catholic bishops opposed a suicide prevention hotline. Why?

National Catholic Reporter • May 6, 2021, 3:41 pm The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hit a stomach-churning new low. I say that as someone who is extremely proud of my faith, despite the struggle it has taken to remain a Catholic. In an article published on March 24, National Catholic Reporter national correspondent Christopher White broke the news that the bishops' conference had "quietly lobbied behind the scenes" to scuttle legislation passed by Congress last fall that established a national toll-free hotline to prevent suicide. Their objection? The legislation contained funding targeted at addressing the staggering epidemic of suicide and suicide attempts by LGBTQ people, especially youth.
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Uphold the God-given dignity of every American, including LGBTQ people

South Florida Sun Sentinel • May 4, 2021, 3:34 pm As a Presbyterian pastor, I have always been committed to speaking my conscience. When I came to know LGBTQ people and learned the discrimination they sometimes face, it was incomprehensible to me that no federal law exists to protect them. I believe dignity and respect are values that should never be absent in our laws.
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Philly Christian agency’s move to allow LGBTQ adoption should be nation’s blueprint

The Philadelphia Inquirer • March 29, 2021, 1:11 pm For decades, my life as a Roman Catholic nun has provided me a wonderful relationship with the Scriptures, God, and God’s followers. It is my life’s work. Heartbreakingly, there have been instances over the years when I have heard people, my fellow Catholics included, attempt to harm LGBTQ people under the guise of faith. Thankfully, times have changed, and continue to, as the march toward equality powers on. This month, a major step forward took place in support of LGBTQ Americans, and indeed all Americans of faith, as Bethany Christian Services, one of the largest religious-run adoption and foster care agencies in the nation, announced it will work with parents who identify as LGBTQ.
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Discrimination and the Fight for LGBTQ Equality

Atlanta Jewish Times • March 25, 2021, 1:05 pm Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple details modern plagues involving discrimination, hatred and bigotry.
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Religious freedom protects our right to worship. It doesn’t protect discrimination.

Religion News Service • March 9, 2021, 12:50 pm People of faith look the other way as legislators codify discrimination in the name of ‘religious liberty.’
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It Is Time to Support Nondiscrimination Legislation for LGBTQ People

Jewish Exponent • February 11, 2021, 12:22 pm President Joe Biden’s inauguration and messages of a new start through unity couldn’t have come at a better time, as Jewish Americans recently observed Tu B’Shevat, when trees come out of dormancy and begin blossoming with new life and fruit.