The Human Rights Campaign is proud to host a panel discussion on  When Identities Collide: LGBTQ Advocates and Religious Conflict” on Thursday, July 31 in Washington, D.C.

The discussion is part of a weekend conference bringing together emerging LGBTQ religious scholars made possible through a generous grant from the E. Rhodes Carpenter Foundation.

The panel will be moderated by Rev. Paul Rauchenbush, executive religion editor for the Huffington Post and will include Zainab Al-Suwaij of the American Islamic Congress, Dana Bayer of Gender Rights Maryland, Samy Gálvez of USGA at BYU , Dr. Lynne Gerber of the  Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, Cedric Harmon of Many Voices, Dr. Christopher House of Ithaca College and Alex McNeil of More Light Presbyterians.

"Our religious affinities play an enormous role in many of our lives yet our religion or faith often conflicts with our identities as LGBTIQ and allied people.  We hope people will join us for a rich conversation about navigating complex idenitites,” said HRC Religion and Faith Program Director Sharon Groves.

This event is the official kick-off for the 2014 Summer Institute Reunion Conference in partnership with Vanderbilt Divinity School.  The Summer Institute for Theologians and Religious Scholars has brought together cumulatively over 50 graduate and post-graduate students for a weeklong intensive program to encourage and promote dialogue on LGBTQ issues and religion in seminaries and universities, and, by extension, in congregations and communities.

To join us at 7 pm on July 31, please RSVP by no later than Monday, July 28.

The HRC Religion and Faith Program is working to create a world where nobody is forced to choose between who they are, who they love and what they believe. Learn more at

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