LGBT Religion News Updates for October 5, 2011

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Religion Dispatches interviewed Moshe Shokeid, whose new book A Gay Synagogue in New York highlights Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and its position as a leader within both the Jewish faith tradition and within the LGBT movement.

In a piece for the Huffington Post, Jennifer Knapp explained, "Gay Christians are pushing back, reclaiming their faith and standing up for their legitimacy to pursue God." Dan Savage was the keynote speaker at More Than a Monologue – Pro-Queer Life: Youth Suicide, Crisis, Catholic Education, and the Souls of LGBTQ People held at Union Theological Seminary on Saturday. Savage, a former Catholic who now self-identifies as an atheist, has spoken up for gay Christians and their allies.

In Tennessee, a young gay couple reports that they were assaulted by a group of deacons when they attempted to attend worship services at Grace Fellowship Church. Jerry Pittman Jr. told WBBJTV that his father and pastor of the church, Jerry Pittman, prompted the attack.

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