The first TV interview I ever did, after becoming the first openly gay priest ever to be elected bishop in the Episcopal Church, was with Anderson Cooper. I was new to the national media and a neophyte at such notoriety, but still, Anderson seemed nervous and uncomfortable. I wondered if he was distracted by other important news, simply uninterested in matters religious, or uncomfortable to be a closeted gay man wanting to stay as far away as possible from anything gay.
“For young Christians, having gay and lesbian friends is just a part of our life,” Held Evans said. “It’s just really hard for us to see them as mere issues to debate, because we’re talking about our friends here.” The shift is manifesting itself increasingly on Christian college campuses, including at Biola University in California, where, about two months ago, an anonymous group of students announced the presence of the "Biola Queer Underground," asking that the LGBT community on campus “be treated with equality and respected as another facet of Biola's diversity."
Gad Beck, the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died June 24 in a German senior citizens’ home.
The Jerusalem Post reports that Beck, an anti-Nazi Zionist resistance fighter, was just six days away from turning 89 on June 30.
The pioneering gay activist is reported to have once taken on the disguise of a Hitler Youth uniform to rescue his lover Manfred Lewin from a deportation center, even though Lewin refused to abandon his family. As the Post notes, the Nazis would later deport the entire Lewin family to Auschwitz, where they were murdered.
Middle Collegiate Church, a congregation “deeply committed to economic justice, marriage equality, LGBTI justice, and racial justice” will launch its first album, Welcome, at a concert on Sunday, July 1 at 6 PM.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, more commonly referred to as the Mormon Church, has often had an antagonistic relationship with the LGBT community and its supporters. Back in 2008, the church was one of the strongest supporters of Proposition 8, which repealed marriage equality in California.
At the heart of most Pride parades in America, you will see religious congregations marching. Jews, Christians, Pagans, Buddhists, and others share in the spirit of the original Stonewall uprising of '69 by proclaiming that they have a right to be who they really are meant to be, which, in our case, is both LGBT and religious. Unfortunately, like many of my sisters and brothers who identify as both LGBT and religious, I find that sometimes I am asked to choose between my identities.
The incidents [of violent preaching] drew outrage and condemnation from gay rights supporters. But they also left many Christians uncomfortable – even those who call themselves conservative. "I think these men expressed something that many Baptist preachers think," the Rev. Robin Lunn said. "We need to stand up and denounce this powerfully."
When religious protesters gather to rally against same-sex marriage or endorse a conservative candidate, it follows a familiar script. "Christian" becomes shorthand for conservative, anti-abortion, anti-gay beliefs. But as cultural views around homosexuality have shifted, there has also been an increase in voices on the religious left (yes, they exist), who are stepping forward to challenge the religious right.
Brickman is quick to point out that the pro-marriage equaliyt coalition are not trying to rebut any argument put forth by the Catholic Church. She doesn't want this to devolve into a rote rendition of Religious Right vs. Godless Left. After all, she says, among the 300 coalition members in Minnesotans United, more than one-fourth are faith-based organizations.