The leadership of Exodus International has announced that they are shutting their doors after 3 decades of practicing so-called ‘ex-gay’ ministry. According to a statement on the group’s web site, the board of directors was finding ‘ex-gay’ work more and more difficult, given their anti-gay words and actions.
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Today marks the 24th anniversary of World AIDS Day, an international observance in support of those living with HIV/AIDS and in memory of the lives lost in the epidemic. In honor of World AIDS Day, GLAAD has put together a resource kit to provide you with more information around HIV/AIDS.
Saturday, December 1 is World AIDS Day. In the United States, and many in communities of faith are doing all they can to raise awareness and make their churches places of healing.
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum is the senior Rabbi at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City, which is the largest LGBT congregation in the world. In honor of her 20th year at CBST, Rabbi Kleinbaum recorded a “You’ve Got” video for AOL, discussing her activism and passion for LGBT equality.
Religious voices are dangerously absent in the international outcry against the anti-LGBT bill poised to pass in Uganda this year.
Evangelical Pastor Rick Warren recently spoke with CNN's Piers Morgan about his work fighting the spread of AIDS in Africa as well as his views on sexual orientation. Warren compared being gay to wanting to punch another person in the face, claiming that we all have "natural" desires that should not be acted on. Warren has not yet made any statements regarding Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill, which he condemned only after public pressure when it was originally introduced in 2009.
This week's Religion News Summary highlights the positive response of faith communities to the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda, and a proposed gay Muslim mosque in France.
Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo is exploring her family history and finding LGBT people weren't discussed in her family. In her film, Memories of a Penitent Heart, she explores the relationship between her gay uncle, her devoutly Roman Catholic grandmother, Puerto Rican culture, and a world that was waking up to the reality of AIDS.
Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill is still in play, and its connection to American Evangelical leaders has become clearer. Scott Lively, who is profiled on GLAAD’s CAP page, led an “anti-homosexuality” conference in Kampala, Uganda in 2009. He is now taking credit for much of the bill in an article published on World Net Daily. At the time of the conference, Lively was heavily criticized by the international community for meeting directly with Ugandan government officials and pushing for what has become known as the “Kill the Gays” bill.
It is almost spring, and love, of the gay variety, seems truly to be in the air. The last few weeks have brought a constant stream of good news for LGBT communities in Europe, not to mention encouraging developments in the United States and even within the Catholic Church.
First Baptist Church of Dallas Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress refuted comments that he’s anti-gay Sunday while addressing his congregation about Tim Tebow canceling his April visit.
Pope Benedict XVI on Monday accepted the immediate resignation of Britain’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic cleric, effectively forcing Cardinal Keith O’Brien to step down two days after allegations surfaced publicly that he had engaged in inappropriate behavior with priests.
People packed a Central Fresno church Saturday with the goal of stopping violence against young people based on their sexual orientation.
A group of lawyers affiliated with the Catholic Church in Cameroon has backed the country’s anti-gay campaign, saying the laws forbidding the practice must be strictly upheld.
The Vatican has attacked reports in the Italian media linking Pope Benedict XVI's resignation to the alleged discovery of a network of gay prelates as attempts to influence the cardinals in their choice of a new pontiff.
Pastor and President of Vision America, a Judeo-Christian organization, Dr.
The National Organization of Marriage on Thursday accused the author of a civil unions bill of being contemptuous of religion after the Colorado lawmaker said Christian don’t have the right to discriminate against gay and lesbian individuals.