From a possible 'gay lobby' in the Vatican to Uganda's tense anti-LGBT environment, this week's religion news summary has all the important LGBT religious news stories for you. Click here for the full list
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South Bloomville Christian Church was destroyed by a fire on Friday, August 17 and local authorities have determined that the blaze at the church was intentionally set.
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
GLAAD joins Beyonce and the international community to applaud the bravery, strength and courage of human rights activists across the world.
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.
The minister of an Amish-Mennonite sect was convicted on Tuesday for aiding and abetting in the kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins, who is now ten years old. The pastor, Kenneth Miller, assisted Isabella’s mother, Lisa Miller (no relation) in fleeing the country with Isabella instead of complying with a court ordered shared custody of Isabella with her other mother, Janet Jenkins.
Matthew Vines, whose pro-LGBT speech at College Hill United Methodist Church went viral on YouTube earlier this year, is in New York for "Being Gay Is Not a Sin" Wednesday, August 8 at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. GLAAD spoke to Matthew about how he came to deliver his speech at College Hill UMC and the impact it’s had on his life since.
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.
The National Council of Catholic Bishops has filed legal briefs with the Supreme Court defending two anti-gay laws on which the court will hear oral arguments next month.
There is a generation gap when it comes to Mormons and the acceptance of gay issues such as marriage.
Discrimination against transgender people is pervasive. Like Mark, 47 percent of those who responded to the survey said that they had suffered employment discrimination.
Marriott hotels were founded by John Willard Marriott and are currently run by his son, Bill Marriott, who are devout members of the Mormon Church. But the Marriotts refused to contribute to Prop 8 campaigns and have offered domestic-partner benefits since the late 1980s.
Last Election Day more than $30 million dollars was spent by the combined pro and anti-gay marriage coalitions.
The Purim Superhero is the first LGBT-inclusive Jewish children's book in English.
Calling Christians and churches to continue, if not expand, their support for the Boy Scouts of America should it lift the ban on gay scouts. Two ministers argue that their experiences and oaths as Eagle Scouts are entirely consistent with—and will be deepened by—this proposed policy change. This letter will be shared with the BSA Executive Board as a witness to our supportive organizing.
The Catholic Church continues to demonstrate that it will employ any tactic — no matter how deplorable — to oppose same-sex marriage.