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The #BornPerfect Campaign:
A Conversation on Ending Conversion Therapy
March 19, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Doug Adams Gallery, PSR
Proponents of so-called "reparative" or "conversion therapy" claim that they can "cure" sexual orientation and gender identity, but these practices have long been debunked by mental health professionals as both ineffective and damaging. Yet the practice continues, often driven by conservative faith communities, and survivors of these programs must grapple with their harm legacies. CLGS and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) will host this panel discussion on the role of progressive faith communities in dismantling the harmful practices of conversion therapy. Click Here For More Information.
Liberating Religious Liberty: Symposium & Eighth Annual Boswell Lecture
April 16-17, 2015, Pacific School of Religion
Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights will deliver this year’s John. E Boswell Lecture. A one-day symposium will follow addressing Religious Freedom legislation, the discriminatory implication for LGBTQ and Reproductive Rights movements, and progressive faithbased strategies for combatting these policies. Click Here For More Information.
CLGS News & Commentary
2015 LGBT Religious History Award Announcement
The LGBT Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN) honors Brett Krutzsch with the 2014-15 LGBT Religious History Award. Krutzsch’s “The Martyrdom of Matthew Shepard,” was selected by the review jury to receive this award. Krutzsch's dissertation, “Martyrdom and American Gay History: Secular Advocacy, Christian Ideas, and Gay Assimilation,” investigates the role of religious rhetoric in facilitating American gay assimilation through an analysis of gay martyr discourses from the 1970s through 2014. Read Full Press Release Here.
Black LGBT Faith Leaders United Statement
Black LGBT Religious Leaders Act with Historically Black Churches to declare “Black Bodies Matter.” LGBT Black Christians and faith leaders join tens of thousands of historically Black congregations/denominations and allies to wear black to church on Sunday, December 14 in response to police brutality: “Black LGBT bodies must matter, too!” Read Full Press Release Here.
Transitioning to Inclusion
CLGS has recentley published, Transition to Inclusion: A guide to welcoming transgender children and their families in your community of faith. This resource was written by Kelsey Pacha and made possible by a grant from the Atkinson Foundation. We plan to make this resource available nationwide. Click Here For More Information.
Were some Catholic saints transgender? Berkeley show raises eyebrows
Kimberly Winston of Religion News Service published this article about Alma Lopez's art exhibition, "Queer Santas, Holy Violence" sponsored by CLGS and the Center for th Arts, Religion and Education at Pacific School of Religion on November 6, 2014. The article begins, "Step into the one-room art gallery inside the Pacific School of Religion and look closely at the saints in the paintings: Some have beards; some have buzz cuts; some have their breasts obscured; some appear in unisex clothes like tanks tops and jeans." Click Here to Read the Full Article.
CLGS' Pastoral Care and LGBT Seniors Project
With a generous grant from the San Francisco FAITHS Program, CLGS began an outreach in 2013 to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors in residential care in the Bay Area. The program offers pastoral care and chaplaincy visits to seniors who are residing in group facilities or are shut-ins. In addition to this direct service, CLGS has also produced a written resource for clergy about the particular needs of LGBT seniors Click Here For More Information.
New Online Exhibit Features First Gay-Positive Report by a Religious Group
CLGS' LGBT Religious Archives Network (www.lgbtran.org) has released a new online exhibition that portrays the dramatic story of 11 British Quakers responsible for the groundbreaking 1963 report Towards a Quaker View of Sex. Read Press Release Here
Unearthing The Surprising Religious History Of American Gay Rights Activism
The CLGS LGBT Religious Archive Network is prominently featured in this June 28, 2014 Huffington Post article focused on LBGT Religious History. Written by Jaweed Kaleem. Click Here to Read the Full Article.
Will S.F. Archbishop promote hatred or reconciliation?
Bernard Schlager, interim president of the Pacific School of Religion and Executive Director of CLGS, discusses Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's decision to speak at the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) anti-LGBT rally in Washington D.C. on June 19th. Click Here to Read the Full Article.
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