Human Rights Campaign’s Director of Religion & Faith Named as 2021 Faith Leader to Watch

by Aryn Fields

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced today that its Director of Religion & Faith, Michael Vazquez, was honored by the Center of American Progress as one of its “21 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2021.” The annual list celebrates those leaders—some well-known and others new on the scene—who are using their platforms to fight for justice.

Vazquez, Director of HRC’s Religion & Faith Program, is Catholic and lives in Washington, D.C. Before joining HRC, Vazquez was the Co-Executive Director of Brave Commons, which works to support LGBTQ rights on Christian college campuses. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University’s Divinity School.

As a public theologian and organizer, both my personal faith and the collective faith of the movement for our liberation have been central in my pursuit of the common good. Catholicism teaches that we are to hate evil and to love justice, and that is why abolition and an unyielding commitment to the defense of Black LGBTQ lives are the central ethics that drive my work. The way my queerness prophetically intersects with my faith allows me—as it does other LGBTQ faith leaders, theologians, and organizers—to imagine a reality far more just, equitable, and abundant than anything we have ever experienced, and it grants both the resilience and vitality to do the work to get us there.

Michael Vazquez, Human Rights Campaign Director of Religion & Faith

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