National cathedral held event in honor of LGBT youth

To commemorate the death of Matthew Shephard, the National Cathedral teamed up with GLAAD to honor LGBT youth on the first weekend in October. The event featured the preimere of the documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine and featured a panel which including Shepard's mother as well as the mother of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who died by suicide after being outed by his roommate.

The event culuminated on Sunday with a special Holy Eucharist given in honor of LGBT youth. The Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend Gary Hall, preached a sermon in which he condemned homophobia as sinful. In a move quite uncharacteristic for us Episcopalians, the sermon was met with applause. In September, GLAAD published a blog post highlighting the event. A video of the service, including Dean Hall's sermon can be viewed here. The event is an example of ways in which communities of faith support LGBT individuals. If your interested in more, visit Believe Out Loud, "an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality."

View the bulletin from the service as a PDF here.

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