Retired Bishop Herbert Chilstrom reminds the Roman Catholic bishops that they have been champions of human rights for American citizens in the past, and calls on them to pause and reflect on their position regarding marriage equality for the people of Minnesota.
The anti-LGBT “Torah Declaration on Homosexuality” endorsed by ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky is just one of many voices in the Orthodox Jewish community speaking out about LGBT people. Although Rabbi Kamenetsky claims to have about 130 signatures from other rabbis and health professionals on his document, his view is far from the only one held among his community.
It just "clicked" for Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea when they decided to make a gift of $100,000 to the Ali Forney Center, a New York-based organization that provides shelter and social services to homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
A primary tenet of Judaism is kavod habriyot, often translated into English as human dignity. Human Rights Campaign is currently in the process of assessing how closely Jewish organizations adhere to this principle when it comes to LGBT equality.
After months of searching and bouncing from church-to-church Clarissa finally found a spiritual home. She found a religious community that accepted her for who she was. For Clarissa, finding a church home was not about worship style, preaching, social activism or even theological stances on progressive issues such as the environment or acceptance of homosexuals. For Clarissa it was about being accepted as a woman.