The Believe Out Loud Power Summit is drawing hundreds of Protestant LGBT faith leaders to Orlando, Florida, Oct. 9-11, to plan for the next wave of success and challenges.
In recent years, Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian policies have moved dramatically toward full inclusion and acceptance of LGBT people, and The United Methodist Church passed a historic statement on homophobia and heterosexism.
Policy changes are vital as increasing percentages in the pews and the pulpit are shifting toward supporting equality for LGBT people—but these same people of faith are still hesitant to speak out because of anxieties about saying the wrong thing or creating divisions in the congregations.
Registration for this premier event, where GLAAD will be part of nine hours of training in media strategies, messaging, digital strategies and more, is still open. Other tracks will include leadership development, change at the intersections of issues, and campaign implementation. The first ever event of its kind is sponsored by the Welcoming Resources program of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and denominational LGBT groups.