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    Christian School Kicks Out Gay Student, Fires His Mom


    Bob Jones University alumni, students form advocacy group, march in NYC Pride parade

    By Becky Garrison, Washington Post - June 29, 2012

    As a sign of the shifting U.S. culture regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, LGBT alumni from fundamentalist Bob Jones University (BJU), in Greenville, S.C., marched for gay rights at last weekend’s NYC Pride March. 

    Gathering under the banner of BJUnity, a newly formed affirming alternative for LGBT alumni and students of BJU, the marchers also shared their online petition calling for a public apology from the school for a 1980 statement made by now Chancellor Bob Jones III about homosexuals and subsequent extreme rhetoric as well as for what members view as a hostile environment for LGBT students and alumni. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Becky Garrison


    Christian Group Backs Away From Ex-Gay Therapy

    CBS Minnesota/Associated Press - June 26, 2012

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The president of the country’s best-known Christian ministry dedicated to helping people repress same-sex attraction through prayer is trying to distance the group from the idea that gay people’s sexual orientation can be permanently changed or “cured.”

    That’s a significant shift for Exodus International, the 36-year-old Orlando-based group that boasts 260 member ministries around the U.S. and world. For decades, it has offered to help conflicted Christians rid themselves of unwanted homosexual inclinations through counseling and prayer, infuriating gay rights activists in the process. [Read Full Story]

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    Telling Trans-Faith Stories

    By Becky Garrison, The Revealer - June 25, 2012

    Despite the recent rise of murders motivated by a bias against LGBT people along side increasing anti-gay measures in states such as North Carolina, the growing body of anti-discrimination laws focusing on sexual orientation afford many gay and lesbian individuals the opportunity to live their lives authentically. The same cannot be said for transgender individuals.

    Few laws that prevent discrimination on the basis of gender identity protect this community and allow them to express who they are in public. Because of this, trying to estimate the exact number of people who self-identify as trans-sexual remains a challenge for researchers, health providers and others working with this community. [Read Full Story]


    Research Note | Beyond Secular vs. Religious: Religious Divides in Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    By Public Research Institute - Jan. 27, 2012

    In 2011, majorities of most religious groups favored allowing gay and lesbian couple to marry legally, illustrating that the old narrative of battle lines between secular supporters and religious opponents no longer serves as an accurate characterization of the landscape of the same-sex marriage debate. In the general population, 2011 was also the first year on record in which supporting same-sex marriage was not a minority position. In May, several surveys (all asking slightly different versions of the same question) found that a majority of the public supported allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry. PRRI’s May survey found that 51% of Americans were in favor, and 43% were opposed.

    SS Marriage Religion e1327684593218 Research Note | Beyond Secular vs. Religious: Religious Divides in Support for Same Sex Marriage

    Five religious groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, compared to three groups who are opposed.

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