Blogs by Ross Murray, Director of News
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The Advocate recently ran an op-ed written by a former Mormon Bishop, Kevin Kloosterman, in which he describes how the Bravo hit series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy changed his perception about LGBT people.
The Episcopal Church has authorized a new blessing for the union of gay or lesbian couples. The resolution allows provisional use of a liturgical rite for gay and lesbian couples on their wedding day. Titled “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” the rite is crafted specifically for gay and lesbian commitment ceremonies.
The Episcopal Church has passed a set of resolutions including gender identity and expression to the denomination's non-discrimination policy for lay people and clergy.
On July 1, Seth’s Law (AB9) and AB1156 became a reality and California schools are now required to enact anti-bullying policies. Some young adults in Orange County are making sure that teens feel empowered to cite these laws if they experience bullying or discrimination. And they have some famous friends helping them including Betty DeGeneres, Ellen’s mom.
Chicago area LGBT-affirming faith groups are slated to be one of the lead contingents in the 2012 Pride Parade taking place on Sunday, June 24.
Just this week, more pro-LGBT Roman Catholics have found ways in which to speak up and affirm their faithful support for LGBT equality. Both of these examples demonstrate the stark difference between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and the pew-sitting Roman Catholic men and women who work for justice and the common good.
Bob Jones University is the latest of evangelical and fundamentalist colleges and universities to have its students and alumni form an unofficial LGBT organization. After quietly planning for months, BJUnity announced the launch of BJUnity.org and its organization to support LGBT and straight affirming alumni and students of fundamentalist Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Carrie Underwood supports marriage equality. Pro-LGBT sermons gain traction on YouTube. And the Vatican's condemnation of Sister Margaret Farley's book reminds us of 40 years ago.