When Jun Young came out at the age of 45, he thought back to his childhood. He was raised in a Catholic household in the Philippines, where he was taught early on that being gay was against God’s will. So when he realized around the age of 12 that he was attracted to other boys,(…)
A reverend in Ohio revealed a thief has stolen part of his church display honouring the trans people who were killed in 2019. St Peter’s United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, Ohio, describes itself as a “100 per cent hate free zone”. According to its website, the church welcomes everyone into its community “no matter your faith(…)
Before coming out as transgender, Nicole Garcia prayed daily that God would “fix” her. When her prayers weren’t answered and the feeling in her gut didn’t go away, she gave up on religion. Now, nearly four decades later, Garcia stands behind the pulpit at Westview Lutheran Church in Boulder, Colorado, and delivers weekly sermons to a congregation(…)
Gay pastor Robert Wood has passed away aged 95. (Equality Forum) Robert Wood, who called on churches to welcome gay people in the 1960s, has died aged 95. Wood passed away at his home in New Hampshire on August 19, his friend Rejean Blanchette, who cared for him in his later years, confirmed to The New York(…)
A synagogue has held the first known gender-neutral “B’nei Mitzvah” in the UK for a non-binary teenager. The Jewish coming of age ritual is typically gendered, with males attending a Bar Mitzvah and females attending a Bat Mitzvah. When Esther Thorpe, 14, came out as non-binary last year, their mother, Miriam, worried about how the(…)
For many of us LGBT seniors, the movie “The Wizard of Oz” seemed to resonant with our life experiences as we traveled our own hazardous yellow brick life paths toward discovering who we were and how to survive in a hostile culture. Our LGBT sub-culture adopted many of the images from this timeless tale,(…)
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