LGBT Religion News Summary: Out with 2012, In with 2013

Welcome to the first LGBT Religion News Summary of 2013! GLAAD’s Religion, Faith & Values program works to elevate LGBT-affirming voices of faith in mainstream, regional, and community media. To find out more, visit For additional religion and faith updates, be sure to subscribe via our online registration form. We welcome suggestions at

2012 Recap: 10 Pro-LGBT Faith Voices and 5 LGBT Religion Advances

People of faith led marriage equality efforts in Illinois and Rhode Island over the holidays. The Roman Catholic hierarchy continued its harsh opposition, chasing the faithful from the church. In the Netherlands, people are actually getting “de-baptized” from the Roman Catholic Church. And some wonder why evangelicals got so quiet over marriage equality.

What’s Cardinal George really enCOURAGEing? Illinois media should ask.

While the Roman Catholic Church in England shut down a mass for LGBT people, the Church of England has allowed partnered gay and lesbian clergy, as long as they are celibate. Openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson is now retired, and the Rev. Cameron Partridge seems to be a rising transgender star in the Episcopal world. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum was recognized by Keshet for her advocacy, inspiring other LGBT leaders to continue in rabbinical school.

In Court: LGBT People of Uganda vs. Scott Lively

Virulent anti-LGBT activist, Scott Lively, had his day in court, facing off against the LGBT people of Uganda, who has been persecuting. A viral video from the Philippines features a wedding in an MCC Church, even as MCC is profiled as a church where LGBT people have been welcomed for over 40 years. And if you are looking for something to do, you can join GLAAD at the NYC production of BARE on Wednesday, January 9. Ross Murray, Director of Religion, Faith & Values, will be hosting a TalkOUT about youth, the Roman Catholic Church, and LGBT Equality.


2012 Wrap Up










Marriage Equality

Metropolitan Community Church



Unitarian Universalist

United Church of Christ


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