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July 24, 2014

Category: Coming Out, Religion & Faith, Mississippi

HRC Mississippi to Host Conversation on Faith and Inclusion

Panel of clergy and other faith leaders will discuss their journeys leading inclusive faith communities

WASHINGTON—Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will gather at a Jackson, Mississippi church to share experiences about building stronger faith communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. The faith gatherings are part of HRC’s Project One America, which is an effort to improve the lived experience of LGBT people in Mississippi. The conversation on faith and inclusion will be held July 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Fondren Presbyterian Church, 3220 Old Canton Road.  

According to a recent survey commissioned by HRC, half of LGBT respondents in Mississippi are people of faith, including 63 percent of African-American LGBT people. However, more than one in five have experienced harassment monthly or more at their respective houses of worship. To address the concerns of LGBT people within the faith community, HRC launched project One America.

“Like many people across the state, LGBT Mississippians embrace their faith communities with open and loving hearts,” said Project One America Faith and Religion associate director Joseph Ward. “Increasingly, Americans from all walks of life support equality as an extension of their faith, not in spite of it. This event aims to build more inclusive spaces across Mississippi.”

Participants will have the opportunity to share their diverse experiences in faith communities and hear from a panel of clergy and other local faith leaders. Each will talk about their journey leading inclusive faith communities in Mississippi. Project One America is working to change hearts and minds, advance enduring legal protections and building more inclusive institutions in Mississippi. 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. HRC’s Project One America--an unprecedented effort to dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas—is generously supported by the HRC Foundation.

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