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Thirty years ago Christ Chapel opened its doors to do ministry and provide services to people who were suffering from HIV and AIDS. Christ Chapel opened in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when the disease was not well understood. Christ Chapel will be celebrating 30 years of ministry with a gala on December 3.
As we gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving to give thanks GLAAD asks you to remember those LGBT-supportive faith communities who are doing the work of justice in the world. This week the Raleigh News Observer brought us a story this week of Pullen Baptist Church. The church voted unanimously to discontinue performing legal weddings in the church building until all couples are able to have their marriages recognized by the state of North Carolina.
GBT and affirming Mormons, as well as LGBT-affirming non-Mormons, gathered this weekend at the Mormon Stories conference in Salt Lake City.
It is often assumed that most Americans are not familiar with transgender people, but these survey results showed a surprising level of understanding and familiarity with transgender people.
Increasingly, communities of faith are finding that discrimination doesn’t match their values, and religious groups are voicing their support for issues of LGBT equality.
GLAAD’s Director of Religion, Faith & Values, Ross Murray, published an essay in CNN’s Belief Blog about Christians’ increasing acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The essay, entitled “My Take: Why Christians are embracing their LGBT neighbors,” demonstrates the changes in both hearts and minds, as well as denominational policies, the increasing welcome, acceptance, and advocacy for and with LGBT people.
Spirit Day was celebrated October 20, and on that day, we saw numerous businesses, celebrities, denominations, and even the White House go purple to show support for LGBT youth and safe schools. However, many worshipping communities held their commemoration until they gathered for weekend services. Now that “Spirit Weekend” is over, we offer you a couple of examples of what congregations did to address bullying in worship.