LGBT Religion News Updates for October 19, 2011

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GLAAD encourages all of our readers and pro-LGBT people of faith to pledge to wear purple on Spirit Day, October 20, as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, and to speak out against bullying. There are only a few days left until Spirit Day! Congregations and organizations can get involved by endorsing Spirit Day and by planning their own programs and activities. Be sure to change your social media pictures purple, and RSVP to our Facebook event.

John Shore published a press release on his blog announcing the kick-off of a project called We do! Methodists Living Marriage Equality. We do! is comprised of over 900 United Methodists in New York and Connecticut who intend to make weddings available to all people.

Equality Forum profiled one of the first openly gay rabbis, Denise Eger, who served the world’s first gay and lesbian synagogue.

The Advocate highlighted the work of El-Farouk Khaki, and his partner Troy Jackson, along with their mutual friend, who together founded the el-Tawhid Juma Circle, the first mosque created for all sexual orientations and gender expressions. “I found that there isn’t a lot of understanding for someone who is both openly Muslim and openly gay,” said Khaki. “Many queer or socially progressive Muslims give up their religion because they fell there is no space for them, and often they lose their spirituality in the process. I got tired of people saying ‘we need more inclusive spaces.’ If there is no space for you, make the space!”

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