Blogs by Ross Murray, Director of News
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Father Marcel Guarnizo, the Roman Catholic priest who denied Barbara Johnson communion at her mother’s funeral because of her sexual orientation, has been placed on administrative leave. According to a statement from the Archdiocese, the suspension is for “engaging in intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry.”
With the recent passage of marriage equality in Maryland, the media has begun to focus again on the supposed conflict between LGBT equality and the African American community.
One lesbian Presbyterian is ordained while another is rebuked. And several stories examine the support for marriage equality in Black and Latino faith communities.
In the wake of Tuesday’s Ninth Circuit Court decision affirming the ruling that Prop 8 was in violation of the federal constitution, a number of religious and faith groups issued statements in support of the decision.
GLAAD’s Religion, Faith & Values program works to elevate LGBT-affirming voices of faith in mainstream, regional, and community media.
The Sundance Film Festival is a launching pad for some of the world’s most important and influential cinema, including many films that tackle the issues faced by the LGBT community. GLAAD is proud to announce that one powerful film in particular, Love Free or Die, will partner with us to help advance LGBT equality in 2012.
Today is the one-year anniversary of the murder of David Kato, a trailblazing Ugandan LGBT advocate. GLAAD encourages all people to observe a moment of remembrance in honor of David Kato, and encourages all congregations this weekend to recommit to being a welcoming space LGBT people of faith.
The last Sunday of January has been designated annually as Welcoming Church Sunday, a day on which congregations—across denominations--celebrate and reaffirm their support for the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the church.