Blogs by Ross Murray, Director of News
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Drag Queens are banned from one San Francisco Catholic Church. The installation of an openly lesbian pastor ends with a hate crime. A Priest, a Minister, and a Rabbi walk into a bar together in Minnesota to oppose the anti-marriage amendment. It's time for the LGBT Religion News Summary.
The minister of an Amish-Mennonite sect was convicted on Tuesday for aiding and abetting in the kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins, who is now ten years old. The pastor, Kenneth Miller, assisted Isabella’s mother, Lisa Miller (no relation) in fleeing the country with Isabella instead of complying with a court ordered shared custody of Isabella with her other mother, Janet Jenkins.
Matthew Vines, whose pro-LGBT speech at College Hill United Methodist Church went viral on YouTube earlier this year, is in New York for "Being Gay Is Not a Sin" Wednesday, August 8 at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. GLAAD spoke to Matthew about how he came to deliver his speech at College Hill UMC and the impact it’s had on his life since.
In June, New Jersey couple Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere found that their engagement photo had been used in an anti-gay attack ad in Colorado by Eugene A. Delgaudio and the organization he runs, the Public Advocate of the United States. The ad was an attempt to make Tom and Brian look scary. The problem is, Tom and Brian are not scary. Brian wrote the following reflection that demonstrates how "not scary" they are as a couple.
In the early morning hours, a group of youth gathered in Laguna Hills, California, to let people know that there are better dining options for LGBT equality then the newly opening Chick-fil-a restaurant. Youth from the Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) distributed fliers to inform potential customers of Chick-fil-a’s donations to anti-LGBT organizations and political statements. They also offered suggestions for alternatives to Chick-fil-a.
The recent revelation of Chick-fil-a’s $2,000,000 worth of anti-LGBT donations has sparked various actions against the company. GLAAD was able to talk with Carly McGehee, organizer of the National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-a.
When Sally Ride died just a few days ago, many in the public were surprised to learn that she had been in a 27-year relationship with another woman, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy.
BRIDEGROOM, the documentary about tragedy befalling a gay couple and the inequalities that comes from a lack of marriage protections, has become the highest funded film in the history of Kickstarter.com. The fundraising website, which has helped to finance more than 7,400 films, confirmed that the indie documentary about marriage equality surpassed all previous fundraising efforts by netting $384,375 in four weeks.