Religion and Faith
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News of LGBT and allied people of faith, and stories that show the ways in which people of faith interact with the LGBT community
Noted anti-LGBT activist, Scott Lively, will appear in court today. He is being charged with “crimes against humanity” by the Ugandan LGBT advocacy organization, Sexual Minorities in Uganda (SMUG). Today, a judge will hold a hearing on Lively’s petition to dismiss the charges.
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Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill did not pass by the end of 2012, but it may be taken up again when the legislature reconvenes in February 2013. An LGBT advocate has been arrested for "acts of homosexuality" and has spent several days in jail. Leaders from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) are gearing up for a January 7, when they will try to prevent Scott Lively from having their case against him dismissed. Lively's 2009 anti-LGBT conference in Uganda sparked worsening conditions for LGBT Ugandans.
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George is getting much media attention for a letter to parishioners in which he condemns civil marriage equality for same-gender couples in the state of Illinois. But there's another element to this story that deserves the same amount of media attention.
Too few trans people or trans-related issues were included in LGBT end-of-year lists. An even greater number of trans-related stories received little to no media attention at all this year, despite efforts to have them covered by bloggers and journalists.
2012 witnessed religious people and organizations at the forefront of LGBT advancement. By the end of the year, we saw several religious leaders stepping out and speaking up. The support came from some pretty surprising places.
2012 saw a new generation of religious voices speaking for LGBT equality. Some are new, and some have been around for a while. All of them have helped to change the religious landscape concerning LGBT people.
Uganda still hasn't passed the "Kill the Gays Bill", but it's not over. Maybe if they read the Queen James Version of the bible, they will reach a different conclusion.