Religion and Faith

News of LGBT and allied people of faith, and stories that show the ways in which people of faith interact with the LGBT community

Ohio Pro-LGBT Catholic uninvited to speak at graduation

Two months ago, Franklin County Commissioner in Ohio, John O'Grady, was given the honor of delivering the commencement speech at Bishop Ready High School. Just prior to the graduation ceremony, O'Grady was contacted by school officials to tell him he would no longer be needed for the commencement speech because of O'Grady's position as co-chairman of the Freedom to Marry initiative supporting marriage equality in the state of Ohio.

Churches split on Scouts' welcoming of gay youth

In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting. In all, about 70 percent of the 116,000 Scout units in the United States are sponsored by religious organizations. Many are liberal denominations that welcomed the change of policy on gay youths and want the Boy Scouts to go further by lifting the still-intact ban on gays serving as adult leaders.

Daily Journal Online
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June 7, 2013

A queer atheist in the heart of Mormon country

Queer atheist writer Chris Stedman writes about his experiences in Utah while visiting to speak at “Intersecting Convictions,” an interfaith conference. The conference was held in early March at Utah Valley University, a publicly funded university in Orem, Utah, about one hour south of Salt Lake City. Audience participants and sponsors from both BYU and UVU helped bring the event into being.

Religion Dispatches
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June 7, 2013

Rockford Diocese urges continued partnership with Scouts

The Catholic Diocese of Rockford is calling for its churches to continue working with the Boy Scouts of America despite the group's new acceptance of gay members — a change that led one Crystal Lake church to announce plans to sever ties with a troop it sponsors.

In a statement on the diocese's website, Bishop David Malloy said the Scouts' new policy "does not seem to provide an obstacle to our continued sponsorship of those troops or of Scouting, as long as Catholic principles of morality are followed."

Chicago Tribune
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June 7, 2013

Celebrating real diversity (even when it feels dangerous)

On May 26, 2013 Indianapolis blogger Steph Mineart put up a post on her Commonplacebook blog, "Anti-gay Churches have Booths at Indianapolis Gay Pride Event," that was quickly shared by many in the Indianapolis LGBT community via social media. In the post, she provided a well-researched report on two anti-gay Christian groups which had reserved booth space at the 2013 Indy Pride celebration.

Chicagopride.com
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June 6, 2013

Join GLAAD at a screening of God Loves Uganda at the United Nations

God Loves Uganda, a documentary directed by Roger Ross Williams follows American and Ugandan religious leaders that are fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries that are trying to convince Ugandans to oppose LGBT people. The Unitarian Universalist Association will host a panel and reception around a special screening of God Loves Uganda.

Would marriage equality violate the Queen's vows to the Church of England?

In the United States, we think of church and state as two separate entities, sometimes controversially intertwined. But in Great Britain, a different framework unites church with state in the person of Queen Elizabeth. Great Britain’s Parliament is currently debating proposed legislation legalizing marriage equality, and one British cleric is challenging the queen to not violate what he sees as her duty to God by supporting the proposal.

Washington Post
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June 5, 2013

Guest Post: Black Pride, distinct and emblematic

Sunday gospel brunches, Saturday night Poetry slams, Friday evening fashion shows, bid whist tournaments, house parties, the smell of soul food and Caribbean cuisine, and the beautiful display of African art and clothing are just a few of the cultural markers that make Black Pride distinct from the dominant queer culture

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