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.
Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, was named the new archbishop of Canterbury on Friday morning in London. Bishop Welby confessed his desire and commitment to dialogue, leaving room for his position on LGBT people to evolve: “I know I need to listen very attentively to the LGBT communities and examine my own thinking carefully and prayerfully.”
After Hurricane Sandy (which was totally not God’s punishment for marriage equality), the LGBT Religion News Summary is back, featuring the election, gay Muslims around the world, and Bishop Gene Robinson.
The Friends and Family Plan is a digital resource to help people who want to speak with their loved ones who are Christian and conflicted about supporting LGBT folk. Incorporating the most cutting edge research, the Plan draws on Bible passages, insights and conversation strategies to suggest the most effective ways to have constructive, transformative conversations.
The award-winning documentary Love Free or Die will make its television premiere tonight on PBS. Love Free or Die follows Bishop Gene Robinson as he inspires people to change history … to stand for equality ... to open their hearts and minds to support LGBT dignity.
As Spirit Day approaches, the number of faith leaders and organizations going purple is growing. Organizations are reaching out to their members to encourage them to wear purple. Religious leaders of all stripes are speaking out against bullying in the lead up to Spirit Day.