LGBT Religion News Updates for November 23, 2011

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There have been a variety of responses to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which was convened in Baltimore last week. Religion Dispatches published two articles, Catholics Fire Back at Bishops’ Anti-Gay Campaign and What the USCCB’s New “Religious Liberty” Initiative Took from Evangelicals. The Huffington Post also released several articles in response to the conference including: An Open Letter to the President of the US Catholic Bishops: Making Public Policy on LGBT People? Talk to Us First, The Catholic Church and Sexuality: If Only the Hierarchs Would Listen and Learn, and Bishops Behaving Badly. Overall, the responses have posited positive words and images of faithful support for marriage equality, and questioned the need for this so-called “religious liberty” campaign.

On Sunday the transgender and gender non-conforming communities, and their allies observed Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), a day to memorialize those who have been victimized or killed because of transphobia. Jamie Ann Meyers of Lutherans Concerned/North America penned Remembering Our Dead, Seeking Justice for Our Living for the Huffington Post. In the article, Meyers reflected on a candlelight vigil that she had lead this past January to memorialize the life of Krissy Bates, who was murdered. In her conclusion, Meyers urges her readers to open their hearts “so that all people are respected, accepted and welcomed at the table where each of us is fed and nourished without regard to gender identity or expression, sexual orientation...” GLAAD recognized TDoR with a number of featured articles and guest blog posts by transgender advocates. Finally, Alex McNeill of the More Light Presbyterians, a coalition of LGBT-inclusive Presbyterian Church USA congregations and individuals, offered up a prayer for those who have suffered because of transphobia this past year.