Gay and transgender members of our churches, as well as their families and friends, dwell in an abiding sense of concern and trepidation. Far too often, they realistically expect or have the experience of isolation, condemnation and/or invisibility.
As every pastor knows, sex is one of the leading issues when couples come to us for marriage counseling. Whether or not we’re prepared or comfortable, we’re already dealing with sex.
One of the standout documentaries at Sundance this year is the new film God Loves Uganda, which examines the relationship between American evangelical missionaries and the increasingly anti-gay Ugandan religious and political establishments. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams tells GLAAD about the challenges he faced in capturing the story, and why it's so important to tell.
GLAAD’s Religion, Faith & Values program works to elevate LGBT-affirming voices of faith in mainstream, regional, and community media. The presidential inauguration went forward without Pastor Louie Giglio. Meanwhile, faith leaders are speaking out for LGBT equality across the country.
We’ve written extensively about Uganda’s rampant homophobia, and legislation that anti-gay bigots in the parliament, with the support of American evangelicals, have been trying to pass that would make being gay a crime punishable by death.
Raised in Pennsylvania, I grew up in the black church. My father was a religious leader in the community, and my sister is a pastor. I went to church every Sunday and sang in the choir. But for all that the church gave me — for all that it represented belonging, love and community — it also shut its doors to me as a gay person. That experience left me with the lifelong desire to explore the power of religion to transform lives or destroy them.
[My mother] took me to meet with a Christian minister who told me that God loves all people, queer and straight, and that I didn’t need to change. This moment changed my life forever, and set me on the course toward the work that I do now as an atheist-interfaith activist. My experiences of feeling isolated and misunderstood inform my conviction that it is imperative to work for a world where people of all sexual orientations, and all different faiths and beliefs, understand one another better—a society where all people can live openly and be who they are without fear.
Rev. Luis Leon's closing prayer at President Obama's inauguration Monday was a strong call for fighting prejudice and "fear of those different than us" — and a sign of the success of the LGBT rights movement over the course of Obama's first term.