GLAAD co-sponsored and provided strategic planning and media assistance to launch the first American Prayer Hour at the National Press Club followed by events in 17 cities to raise the share the stories of faith leaders who are asking for Uganda and the world to decriminalize LGBT people.
The Washington, D.C. launch included Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in The Episcopal Church andMoses, a gay Ugandan man who is seeking asylum in the US, who had to speak with a bag over his head to avoid retribution under the proposed law in Uganda that includes the death penalty for gays and an extradition clause for gay Ugandans anywhere in the world.
The American Prayer Hour was an alternative to The National Prayer Breakfast, which gained notoriety for its links to Ugandan MP David Bahati, who sponsored the anti-gay bill. President Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast and, with urging from coalitions such as the American Prayer Hour, Obama called the proposed anti-gay law in Uganda “odious” and “unconscionable.”
The New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, Religion News Service, Wall Street Journal, Christian Post, bloggers and LGBT media covered American Prayer Hour events, reaching diverse audiences across the United States.
GLAAD collaborated on the American Prayer Hour with the Human Rights Campaign, The Task Force, the National Black Justice Coalition, Metropolitan Community Church, PFLAG, Progressive Christians Uniting, Truth Wins Out, Two Spirit Press Room, Arcus and Haas Jr. to convene American Prayer Hour gatherings, with key events in Washington, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Berkeley, Dallas, Boston, Anchorage, and Atlanta.
MSNBC Rachel Maddow – February 4, 2010
“Standing up for gay civil rights”
The New York Times – February 3, 2010
“National Prayer Breakfast draws controversy”
USA Today – February 4, 2010
“Obama wades into prayer politics with Tim Tebow, ‘Family’”
Wall Street Journal – February 5, 2010
“Photos of the Week”
Religion News Service – February 2, 1010
“Gay groups pressure Obama over prayer breakfast”
Associated Baptist Press – February 4, 2010
“Obama, Clinton at prayer breakfast denounce Ugandan anti-gay proposal”
Christian Post – February 3, 2010
“Religious left form alternative to Nat’l Prayer Breakfast”
Towleroad – February 5, 2010
“Gay Ugandan launches LGBT response to ‘National Prayer Breakfast’