GLAAD News and Faith Initiatives Director Ross Murray says he thinks the sense of unfriendliness comes in part from the loudest voices of faith speaking through an anti-gay frame. Religious groups that support gays and lesbians, as a GLAAD study found last year, get far less media attention.
“The leading anti-gay voices always put it in religious terms, which taints how people view religion,” Murray said.
Mel Wymore is a typical city council candidate in many ways, campaigning as a community board appointee, ex-PTA chair and founder of a roster of local organizations. But Wymore's community-leader resume has an unusual feature: He built much of it while he was a woman.
A new initiative by a group of British Muslims supporting the opening of new mosques that allow all genders and sexualities to pray side by side is inviting a storm of condemnations from the Muslim community for running counter against the Islamic teachings.