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No Place for Hate in Faith

For many of us, our faith is a core part of who we are. We identify ourselves by it. We live by its value systems. And we turn to it in times of crisis.

So what would you do if your religion denounced who you are as a sin?

What would you do if you had to choose between living in the faith that’s been such a big part of your life—and living true to who you are?

What would you do if, rather than giving you strength during crisis, your faith were the cause of your crisis?

These scenarios have played out all too painfully in the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

It’s time to give a damn.

Seeking guidance

Americans are a religious people. According to some statistics, 92% of Americans believe in God or a universal spirit, more than 81% belong to a religious denomination and more than 43% attend religious services at least once a month. Americans look to their faith and religious leaders not just for spiritual guidance but for support on an array of issues, from family life to moral and social problems.

Many faiths answer that call for guidance, espousing values such as commitment to social justice, love and acceptance.

Unfortunately, some religions also use their doctrines and sacred texts to attack, condemn and discriminate against gay and transgender people. And many gay and transgender Americans—people who were deeply rooted in their faith and faith communities—have been forced to leave their religions because of it.

Imagine if the “advice” you got from your religious leader for how to live your life was to change who you are.

Imagine if the community you relied upon for friendship, love and support rejected you.

Imagine if you were told that to be accepted in your faith, you must live a lie.

Teach acceptance, not intolerance

It’s time to give a damn, because faith and religion are supposed to support and nurture people—not tear them down.

It’s time to give a damn, because our religious leaders should be teaching acceptance—not intolerance and hate.

And it’s time to give a damn, because people shouldn’t have to choose between living honestly and living in their faith.

It’s time for things to change.

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