Archive for October, 2010

Chicago LGBT Group Launches Faith Project

October 13, 2010

LGBT Change, a Chicago LGBT rights organization, announced today the launch of “The Faith Project,” an effort to promote dialogue and understanding between LGBT people and communities of faith. The project’s first event will be a panel discussion at 6 p.m., October 20, at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage Avenue. See the organization’s web site for more information. The group has also started a Facebook group.

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UCC Leaders Speak Out About Bullying

October 12, 2010

Leaders in the United Church of Christ released a statement encouraging people of faith to take action to stop anti-gay bullying. The statement was in response to a series of recent suicides of gay youth. Read the statement here.

Clergy Nationwide Respond to Suicides

October 10, 2010

The New York Times offers a story about responses from clergy to the recent series of LGBT suicides in the news.

See also Rev. Debra Haffner’s blog post here.

It Gets Better!

October 7, 2010

Dan Savage

In response to the recent spate of suicides of gay youth across the country, columnist Dan Savage has launched a YouTube channel called “It Gets Better” with messages to offer hope to LGBT youth. You can even add your own.

One pastor last week delivered a sermon of hope, also in response to our recent losses. Rev. Nicolette Siragusa, the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Grand Lege, Michigan, is a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary. She is also a friend of this writer.

Catholic Parents Hold Illinois Meeting

October 3, 2010

Fortunate Families, a group of Catholic parents work to support their LGBT daughters and sons, will be holding a conference October 22 to 24 in Techny. For full information, visit the Fortunate Families web site.

Community Responds to Suicides

October 3, 2010

Local community leaders are planning a vigil in response to a series of suicides among gay youth that have been reported in the media recently. The vigil will be 7:30 PM on Friday, October 8, at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus, just south of Fullerton, a few blocks west of the Fullerton CTA station.

Here is what Ellen Degeneres had to say in the wake of this terrible series of tragedies:

California Legal Challenge Seeks Signers

October 3, 2010

Activists defending marriage equality are seeking clergy, congregations, and other religious organizations from across the nation to sign on to an amicus brief to express their support. For more information, click here.

Catholics Form Marriage Equality Group

October 1, 2010

A group of Catholic activists advocating for same-sex marriage equality have formed a new coalition called Equally Blessed. The coalition was formed by four existing Catholic organizations: Call to Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry. The press release announcing the groups formation is here.

Although the church leadership remains strong in its opposition, marriage equality enjoys strong support among lay members of the church.