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

Most Holy Redeemer at crossroads

Most Holy Redeemer is at a crossroads. The Catholic church in the Castro district has arguably the largest gay parish in the nation, and controversial new decisions have members worried about leadership, policies - even that the church might be shut down. And it all began with drag queens.

San Francisco Chronicle
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August 16, 2012

Orthodox Gays Need Allies, Not Just Compassion

A few months ago, a young Orthodox rabbi decided to “come out of the closet,” in a sense, when he publicly identified himself as an “LGBT ally,” referring to lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

The Jewish Week
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August 15, 2012
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Two Buddhist Brides Wed In Taiwan

A lesbian couple participated in the first Buddhist wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple held in Taiwan, where a landmark bill to legalize marriage equality has been pending since 2003. Taiwan was the first nation in Asia to introduce such a bill. 

CNN
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August 13, 2012
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ELCA Names Gay Minister to Leadership Post

An openly gay, Evangelical Lutheran pastor from St. Paul has been appointed to a prominent leadership role-to fight discrimination. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or ELCA, named Anita C. Hill as the regional director with a group called Reconciling Works.

KEYC-TV News
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August 13, 2012
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Anti-Bullying Advocates Bullied By Church

When Carrol Grady received a phone call telling her that her organization, Someone To Talk To, was being disinvited from having a booth at this week's North American gathering of Seventh-day Adventist teachers because "this convention is not the right venue for your group," she was shocked and distressed. With only one week before the start of the convention this was painful news to absorb, to say nothing of the expense already incurred personally by her and her volunteers.

Huffington Post
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August 6, 2012
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Being Christian is Not a Barrier to Accepting LGBT People

In light of Chick-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy’s statement that his opposition to marriage equality is rooted in his belief in the “biblical definition of the family unit,” GLAAD would like to point to the many Christians who understand that the “biblical” definition of family is not limited to husband, wife, and children, and who support marriage equality for all couples, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

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