The LGBT movement and faith communities have sometimes been perceived and portrayed in opposition. However, their common aims of human dignity and human liberation often allow for partnership and shared advocacy. This panel will explore how to build bridges with faith communities and to find convergence of purpose and mutual respect. This bridge-building is important for individuals who may identify as both LGBTQIA+ and persons of faith; for successful coalitions to advance LGBT rights; and for the possibility of transcending and healing some of the cultural polarities that are part of our current societal reality. The panel will look in particular at successful partnerships with faith communities in Utah, Arizona, and South Carolina to repeal laws banning “promotion of homosexuality” in public schools; in Utah’s remarkable success in passing anti-discrimination laws, hate crimes laws, and a statewide law protecting youth from conversion therapy; and in the effort to pass legislation permitting commercial gestational surrogacy in New York.
Speakers: Nevin Caple; Brett Figlewski (LGBT Bar Association of New York); Shannon Minter (National Center for Lesbian Rights)
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