Blogs by Ross Murray, Director of News
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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.
Father Bob Pierson, a Roman Catholic priest in Minnesota, speaks out against the proposed anti-LGBT marriage amendment in that state. Father Pierson’s video demonstrates that even those within the priesthood do not agree with the anti-LGBT antagonism of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
Taking A Chance on God, a new documentary on the life of gay pioneer priest John McNeill is screening at festivals around the world. The film highlights McNeill’s role as hero and pioneer of the international LGBT civil rights movement.
On Saturday, the New York Times highlighted the LGBT-inclusive ministry at Rivers at Rehoboth, a Harlem-based congregation in New York City, in its article “A Rare Haven for Gay Men and Lesbians in Harlem.” The congregation, which is formed as the merger of Rivers of Living Faith and Rehoboth Temple, has its roots in the Black church tradition, while maintaining an active outreach to the Black LGBT population.