God vs. Gay: The Religious Case for Equality
October 31, 2011 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
The following post comes from Pete Webb with the HRC Board of Governors:
HRC was a proud community sponsor of the October 27 book launch and LGBT networking fair for “God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality” by Jay Michaelson. National Board of Governors members Eric Blomquist and Pete Webb, along with HRC Greater New York steering committee members Britni Jackson, Marilyn Abalos and Martin Cowart represented HRC at the LGBT Center.
We are fortunate to call Jay Michaelson a friend and partner of HRC. He has been instrumental in the success of the recently established Scholarship and Mentorship Program for Religious and Theological Study, an HRC initiative aimed at nurturing the next generation of LGBT theologians and faith community leaders.
“God vs. Gay” is a unique and needed contribution to the debate surrounding inclusion and equality within the religious community and society at large. Michaelson artfully articulates how LGBT people are a gift to theology and to religious communities and he communicates this through thoughtful and respectful engagement with text and scripture.
What is perhaps the most indispensable contribution this book makes to public discourse is its accessibility – “God vs. Gay” is not only theologically sound, but is written so that all can engage and apply its lessons to the pressing and tangible work of equality. Whether your work includes advancing LGBT ordination rights, organizing for marriage equality or advocating for basic, common sense protections on the basis of gender identity and expression, there are a tremendous amount of resources and abundant inspiration to be found here. Michaelson’s book is an important tool for all of us who pursue justice not in spite of our religious teachings, but because of them."
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