For Janice Covington, being selected as the first openly transgender delegate from North Carolina to the Democratic National Convention was “better than amazing” and is the culimination of a long journey. Covington, 65, delivered a sermon Sunday at Wedgewood Church, near SouthPark. “I advocated for LGBT rights, basically human rights, for many years,” Covington told the more than 35 people who attended the service at Wedgewood.
Pastor Joseph Tolton published an op-ed in Religion Dispatches that explained the harm in “hactivism” for LGBT people in Uganda. The op-ed was in reaction to the news that an LGBT supportive group called “Anonymous” had hacked into several African government websites, posting messages of affirmation for LGBT people.
Members of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous have taken down the government websites of several African countries with records of oppressing LGBT people. Anonymous’ actions are particularly ironic given that many of the anti-LGBT laws in African countries are a direct result of the anti-LGBT brand of Christianity imported by evangelical missionaries like Scott Lively. In 2009, Lively addressed groups of lawyers, members of Parliament, universities, secondary schools and Christian leaders about “the ‘gay’ agenda,” and spoke at a three-day conference in Uganda.
Like their Christian and Jewish counterparts, conservative Muslims commit scriptural violence by denying the humanity of a vulnerable minority. However, according to St. Augustine, since scripture teaches nothing but charity, it needs to be interpreted until a compassionate interpretation is found. In Judaism, Rabbi Harold Schulweis has stated that the Jewish law was not instituted to make life miserable but rather to introduce love and compassion. Likewise, in Islam, the 8th-century-female Sufi Rabia Basri rejected fear based obedience.
Two young lesbian activists in El Salvador tell their stories of getting 'Conversion Therapy' from a psychologist, holding secret LGBT meetings in rural areas, and trying to overcome the male-dominated culture they feel is at the heart of anti-LGBT sentiment
A new video from Minnesota highlights Catholic support for LGBT people and opposition to the anti-marriage equality amendment proposed in that state. The video features an ever-expanding congregation singing a song about God’s wide welcome.
Drag Queens are banned from one San Francisco Catholic Church. The installation of an openly lesbian pastor ends with a hate crime. A Priest, a Minister, and a Rabbi walk into a bar together in Minnesota to oppose the anti-marriage amendment. It's time for the LGBT Religion News Summary.