Marianne T. Duddy-Burke discusses the LGBT sentiment in the Catholic Church after the results of a Pew Research study revealed that only 4% of LGBT Americans surveyed view the Catholic Church as friendly.
GLAAD News and Faith Initiatives Director Ross Murray says he thinks the sense of unfriendliness comes in part from the loudest voices of faith speaking through an anti-gay frame. Religious groups that support gays and lesbians, as a GLAAD study found last year, get far less media attention.
“The leading anti-gay voices always put it in religious terms, which taints how people view religion,” Murray said.
Earlier this month, some three hundred lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian Christians and allies from around the world gathered in Hong Kong for the Amplify 2013 conference. The conference was held from June 7th through 9th, and delegates from nearly a dozen countries were represented at this event, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.
There may have been some awkward Father’s Day calls yesterday, as only 39 percent of gays and lesbians have told their fathers about their sexual orientation, according to a new survey of LGBT Americans from Pew Research Center. The numbers are somewhat better for mothers – 56 percent of gays have told their moms.
A new initiative by a group of British Muslims supporting the opening of new mosques that allow all genders and sexualities to pray side by side is inviting a storm of condemnations from the Muslim community for running counter against the Islamic teachings.
Danielle Powell was going through a hard time in the spring of 2011, just months away from graduating from a conservative Christian college in Nebraska. She had fallen in love with another woman, a strictly forbidden relationship at a school where even prolonged hugs were banned.