Content Filed Under: Faith Voices Against LGBTQ Discrimination

Millions of Americans nationwide belong to faith groups, and hold faith as a cornerstone of their lives, a lens for them to better understand the world they live in and how they contribute to that world. Many people of faith believe in the basic tenets of equality, fairness, and inclusion, and it is these people who are helping to lead the conversation about why protecting LGBTQ people matters, and how their support is because of their faith, not in spite of it. Read these stories of Faith Voices Against LGBTQ Discrimination from all over the country below, and click here for more information on why communities of faith support LGBTQ equal treatment. 


Finding Strength in their Faith, a North Carolina Couple Navigates One Partner’s Transition

February 13, 2018, 5:15 pm When Sean Carroll came out as transgender, she and her wife Sarah were unfamiliar with the LGBTQ community. Together, they came out, learned more, and shared their story, turning often to their faith to support them. Now they have advice for other couples going through a transition – and they say their path isn't much different from many couples who experience changes together.

Nebraskan Faith Leader: Let’s Preach Radical Inclusivity and Love

January 18, 2018, 10:52 am Dylan Dell-Haro, a faith leader from Nebraska, talks about how his faith accepts LGBTQ people, and why religion shouldn't play a role in civil rights.

Pastor in Alaska Shares His Journey Toward Acceptance and Support for LGBTQ Equal Treatment

January 18, 2018, 10:41 am Alaskan Pastor Martin Eldred shares his views on fairness and equal treatment, and how many faith communities are beginning to embrace LGBTQ people.

Reverend Ed Bacon: “We Are Created to Be In Community”

January 16, 2018, 9:20 am The Reverend Ed Bacon shares how his faith journey has led him to embrace the LGBTQ community, and why he believes non-discrimination is essential.

North Carolinian Religious Leader: “Religion Does Not Justify Discrimination”

December 7, 2017, 9:29 am Reverend Dr. Terence Leathers explains how faith does not in any way condone or justify discrimination.
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Nearly 1,300 Faith Leaders File SCOTUS Brief Saying Religious Beliefs Do Not Justify Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • October 31, 2017, 7:07 pm Nearly 1,300 clergy and faith leaders representing 500,000 congregants from approximately 50 unique faith traditions across the U.S. joined together this week to send a clear message that businesses open to the public must serve all.

Q&A: Why This Texas Pastor Is Standing Against Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

July 1, 2017, 12:08 pm Dr, Dan De Leon, a Texas pastor, talks about his advocacy for LGBTQ people, and why people of faith can be the best allies for the LGBTQ community.

Following Supreme Court Delay, Transgender Faith Leader in North Carolina Pushes Toward Continued Discussion

March 24, 2017, 5:12 pm Rev. Slack can't help but draw comparisons between the Gavin Grimm case and HB2 in North Carolina. In both instances, attempts are being made to shut transgender people out of the public sphere, erase their experiences, and deny them basic access to spaces, the usage of which so many take for granted.

Conservative Mom in Missouri Shares Her Hopes and Dreams for Her Transgender Daughter

March 13, 2017, 6:55 pm The cover of National Geographic may be the highest-profile experience Avery Jackson and her mom have undertaken so far, but the family is not new to speaking out about what it means to be transgender and why our laws must protect transgender people from discrimination.

My Transgender Daughter is a Beloved Child of God

March 3, 2017, 9:43 am Jamie Bruesehoff shares her story of raising of a transgender daughter, and how she stands in support of comprehensive non-discrimination protections.

After Testifying for Her Transgender Son in Utah, Conservative Mormon Mother Stands Up for Transgender Equality Nationwide

February 7, 2017, 2:15 pm Neca Allgood has three sons, one who is transgender. She has been a Republican for nearly her entire life, identifying strongly with what she called "the party of fiscal conservatism."

How This Openly Gay Student Body President Helped Foster LGBT Inclusion at Notre Dame

October 21, 2016, 5:21 pm By his sophomore year, Bryan was serving as co-president of Prism ND – and in his senior year, he served as student body president, a proud openly gay man leading his fellow Notre Dame classmates to success.

Catholics Call for Greater LGBT Inclusion Within the Church

October 19, 2016, 1:41 pm This year Freedom for All Americans is proud to be working with Believe Out Loud. As part of our partnership, we have compiled this round-up below of nearly a dozen Catholics from across the country calling for greater inclusion of LGBT people in the Church.

Christian Pastor Says Jesus’ Example of ‘Peace and Justice’ Drives His Support for LGBT Equality

September 13, 2016, 4:30 pm Reverend Salvatore Sapienza became a Christian pastor because he believes in the way of love, peace and justice that Jesus demonstrated. He serves as pastor for the United Church of Christ in Douglas, Michigan.

Civil Rights Leader Fighting to Weed Out Seeds of LGBT Discrimination in Georgia

August 10, 2016, 3:23 pm Mr. Francys Johnson is a lifelong Georgian—and for him, the fight against the codification of discrimination in his home state traces back to his childhood. He’s now a practicing lawyer, minister, and the president of the Georgia NAACP—the state’s oldest and largest civil rights organization