Abby Stein was born and raised within a Chasidic family of rabbinic descent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, and recently came out as a woman of trans experience. Her goal now is to raise awareness to people going through a similar experience.
Bryan Fischer, whose inflammatory statements have been documented through GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project, has gone too far for his employer, the American Family Association (AFA). Leaders of the AFA shared with the Rachel Maddow show that he should no longer be referred to as the Director of Issues Analysis for the organization.
Changing one's name can be one of the most meaningful steps for a trans or gender nonconforming person in expressing and validating who they are. Religious congregations and individuals from around the country have recognized this and have developed naming ceremonies to honor what can be such an important milestone.
In the spirit of increasing acceptance and inclusiveness, a prominent Jewish outlet, The Jewish Week, recently sought to feature a gay Jewish couple's wedding announcement, despite previous backlash from the Orthodox community.
To give an accurate representation of where people of faith stand on marriage equality, let's look at some of the major denominations that support scouts for a quick recap. GLAAD has created a handy graphic that shows which denominations support inclusive scouting for all.
In the weeks leading up to the Boy Scouts of America's vote on dropping the anti-gay ban, communities of faith are speaking out. The problem for the media covering this is that faith communities are not saying the same thing. Who gets to represent the voice of faith when talking about the Boy Scouts proposed policy change?
Rabbi Jason Klein was elected the new leader of the Reconstructionist Movement, a progressive Jewish community. Rabbi Klein is the first openly gay man to head a national rabbinic association in the United States.