Content Filed Under: Faith Voices Against LGBTQ Discrimination

Millions of Americans nationwide belong to faith groups, and hold faith as a cornerstone of their lives, a lens for them to better understand the world they live in and how they contribute to that world. Many people of faith believe in the basic tenets of equality, fairness, and inclusion, and it is these people who are helping to lead the conversation about why protecting LGBTQ people matters, and how their support is because of their faith, not in spite of it. Read these stories of Faith Voices Against LGBTQ Discrimination from all over the country below, and click here for more information on why communities of faith support LGBTQ equal treatment. 


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Jewish Community Organizer Says Religious Support is Key to All Nondiscrimination Movements

August 29, 2018, 10:22 am Bennet Wilcox of Jews United for Justice speaks about the intersection of his faith and his work in organizing for social justice.
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Presbyterian Church Makes History, Adopts Official Pro-LGBTQ Stances at Biennial Conference

By Shane Stahl • June 21, 2018, 2:27 pm The Church apologized for former intolerance and vowed to speak against LGBTQ discrimination.
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An Advocate for LGBTQ Older Adults Draws on His Faith

May 30, 2018, 10:28 am Randy Block, an advocate for older LGBTQ adults, speaks about being the leader of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network and how he works for the betterment of the senior LGBTQ population.
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Bishop Who Will Preach at the Royal Wedding Is a Strong Supporter of LGBTQ Equal Treatment

By Adam Polaski • May 15, 2018, 11:51 am We thank Rev. Curry for his strong support and for illustrating that many faith leaders support LGBTQ equal treatment because of their faith, not in spite of it. 
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Finding Strength in their Faith, a North Carolina Couple Navigates One Partner’s Transition

February 13, 2018, 5:15 pm When Sean Carroll came out as transgender, she and her wife Sarah were unfamiliar with the LGBTQ community. Together, they came out, learned more, and shared their story, turning often to their faith to support them. Now they have advice for other couples going through a transition – and they say their path isn't much different from many couples who experience changes together.
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Nebraskan Faith Leader: Let’s Preach Radical Inclusivity and Love

January 18, 2018, 10:52 am Dylan Dell-Haro, a faith leader from Nebraska, talks about how his faith accepts LGBTQ people, and why religion shouldn't play a role in civil rights.
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Pastor in Alaska Shares His Journey Toward Acceptance and Support for LGBTQ Equal Treatment

January 18, 2018, 10:41 am Alaskan Pastor Martin Eldred shares his views on fairness and equal treatment, and how many faith communities are beginning to embrace LGBTQ people.
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Reverend Ed Bacon: “We Are Created to Be In Community”

January 16, 2018, 9:20 am The Reverend Ed Bacon shares how his faith journey has led him to embrace the LGBTQ community, and why he believes non-discrimination is essential.
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North Carolinian Religious Leader: “Religion Does Not Justify Discrimination”

December 7, 2017, 9:29 am Reverend Dr. Terence Leathers explains how faith does not in any way condone or justify discrimination.
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Nearly 1,300 Faith Leaders File SCOTUS Brief Saying Religious Beliefs Do Not Justify Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • October 31, 2017, 7:07 pm Nearly 1,300 clergy and faith leaders representing 500,000 congregants from approximately 50 unique faith traditions across the U.S. joined together this week to send a clear message that businesses open to the public must serve all.
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Q&A: Why This Texas Pastor Is Standing Against Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

July 1, 2017, 12:08 pm Dr, Dan De Leon, a Texas pastor, talks about his advocacy for LGBTQ people, and why people of faith can be the best allies for the LGBTQ community.
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Following Supreme Court Delay, Transgender Faith Leader in North Carolina Pushes Toward Continued Discussion

March 24, 2017, 5:12 pm Rev. Slack can't help but draw comparisons between the Gavin Grimm case and HB2 in North Carolina. In both instances, attempts are being made to shut transgender people out of the public sphere, erase their experiences, and deny them basic access to spaces, the usage of which so many take for granted.
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Conservative Mom in Missouri Shares Her Hopes and Dreams for Her Transgender Daughter

March 13, 2017, 6:55 pm The cover of National Geographic may be the highest-profile experience Avery Jackson and her mom have undertaken so far, but the family is not new to speaking out about what it means to be transgender and why our laws must protect transgender people from discrimination.
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My Transgender Daughter is a Beloved Child of God

March 3, 2017, 9:43 am Jamie Bruesehoff shares her story of raising of a transgender daughter, and how she stands in support of comprehensive non-discrimination protections.
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After Testifying for Her Transgender Son in Utah, Conservative Mormon Mother Stands Up for Transgender Equality Nationwide

February 7, 2017, 2:15 pm Neca Allgood has three sons, one who is transgender. She has been a Republican for nearly her entire life, identifying strongly with what she called "the party of fiscal conservatism."