Posts by Ross Murray, Director of Programs, Global and US South

Bishop Targeted for Leading the United Methodist Church Toward LGBT Inclusion

Bishop Melvin Talbert stood in front of a crowd of about 200 supporters of full inclusion on May 4 and called for United Methodists to join him in performing pastoral duties to gay and lesbian people, including enacting marriages. Bishop Talbert’s call for what he called “An Act of Biblical Obedience” has now resulted in letters from opponents of LGBT equality asking the United Methodist Church to censure Bishop Talbert. A handful of other bishops who stood with Bishop Talbert have also been targeted by the anti-LGBT group.


Pastor Names Helpful - and Not So Helpful - Ways to Help LGBT People in Uganda

Pastor Joseph Tolton published an op-ed in Religion Dispatches that explained the harm in “hactivism” for LGBT people in Uganda. The op-ed was in reaction to the news that an LGBT supportive group called “Anonymous” had hacked into several African government websites, posting messages of affirmation for LGBT people.

Mennonite Pastor Convicted in Anti-Gay Kidnapping

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 Explains Biblical Support for LGBT Equality

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.


Guest Post: "An Average Couple" by Brian Edwards

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.



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