The Faith in Equality website exists as a provider of information and resource materials to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and their families who are seeking to overcome the stigma and misunderstanding that can negatively impact the emotional, psychological as well as spiritual well-being of both youth and those around them.
A young person growing up in America faces a world of possibilities. It should be a time of celebration, filled with hope and wonder. Unfortunately in some cases, a young gay person faces fear, challenges, obstacles and confusion. It shouldn’t be that way. But more often than not, being gay presents one or more of these difficulties.
While gay people can and do lead very normal and fulfilled lives, there is a history of stigma and hostility toward gay people in our society and across the world. Often, such negative and hurtful attitudes are rooted in traditional religious teachings about sexual orientation. These teachings have helped create a social climate in which many people simply do not understand how hurtful it is when a religious or moral stamp of disapproval is placed on a person’s life.
Many children, as well as adults who remember their own childhood, can relate to how painful it is to be made to feel inferior because of a number of reasons – the way we dress, physical appearance, economic status or some other reason.
However, in almost all these cases there is never a stamp of approval given to such mistreatment of others. In fact, just the opposite is true. Most everyone would agree that looking down upon someone for such reasons is simply not the way we want to treat others, and reflects the opposite of the good character we hope to instill in ourselves.
That certainly should hold true for persons of faith as almost all authentic religions uplift the goals of expressing love, compassion and respect for those around us. Read More.
A Project By Faith in America
The Faith in Equality website is a project developed by Faith in America, a nonprofit organization that educates nationally about the harm caused to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, especially youth and their families, when certain religious teaching is misused to justify stigma and hostility.
LGBT youth and their families bear the blunt force of this unique and very painful form of oppression – when a societal climate places a religious and moral stamp of disapproval on a person’s very being.
There have been at least 25 deaths of LGBT youth ages 19 or younger who have taken their own lives. These tragedies must end and so must the other forms emotional and psychological trauma that is associated with that stamp of moral and religious disapproval – which underpins so much of the bullying of LGBT kids in schools and treating LGBT people as undeserving and unequal.
Faith in America is not a religious organization although it creates dialogue around a critically important topic that involves the intersection of religious teaching and sexual orientation.
Some people believe that these conversations must be difficult because they assume people are going to be offended if they are asked to examine a particular religious belief or something they have been taught.
But those who have been members of a faith community for even a short period of time understand that such examination is not only acceptable but incumbent in a continuing search for better knowledge and understanding.
Faith in America has conducted town hall forums, community dialogues, media campaigns and countless one-on-one conversations during the previous six years. During that period we observed a societal awakening beginning to take shape. It continues to define itself this very moment. Read more.