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Joseph Ward is an activist, artist, and freelance communications director based in New York City. He spent nearly a decade as a communications director of two social justice organizations; director and editor-in-chief of; and has worked as a program development strategist at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT equality organization. To learn more about his work, visit

Recent Posts

Nov 21, 2013

Today I write to share with you the news that I will bid farewell to Believe Out Loud at the end of this month.

Jun 28, 2013

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From the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn DOMA's Section 3 to the closure of Exodus International, our community has a lot to celebrate this year at Pride!

Jun 26, 2013

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down DOMA’s Section 3 and dismissed California’s Proposition 8 case on lack of standing. These historic rulings affirm that all families deserve equal respect and treatment under the law.

Jun 13, 2013

In just a few days, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

As public support for LGBT equality grows, there are many communities where change has yet to come.

May 29, 2013

Rapid changes in public opinion have brought the LGBT community into an uncomfortable spotlight.

Even as we celebrate the inclusion of gay youth in the Boy Scouts of America, we join with the LGBT community in mourning the rash of recent anti-gay hate crimes in New York City.

Apr 22, 2013

Faith is a journey that reveals the new and unexpected everyday. That’s a core belief we have at Believe Out Loud. We challenge ourselves, and others, to walk a mile in the shoes of those around us in an attempt to grow and strengthen our common humanity.

Mar 14, 2013

When I was about ten years old, my mother (who happened to be the Sunday school teacher at my church) bought me my first Bible and a shiny silver crucifix. The maroon Bible still sits on my bookshelf, having survived nearly two decades of my life, but I only have a memory of the beautiful silver necklace that I wore throughout my childhood.

It was through this piece of jewelry that I first learned about the passion of the Christ—that is, the painful sequence of events centered on the crucifixion of Jesus.

Mar 06, 2013

If he was hoping to make a quiet exit, Pope Benedict (now officially pope emeritus), has left his successor a Roman Catholic Church in chaos. The findings of the so-called Vatileaks scandal, delivered to the Pope in a December 17 dossier, reveal the depths of controversy and corruption throughout the Vatican.

Feb 27, 2013

Welcome to the Week In Review, a weekly digest of the latest headlines at the intersections of Christian faith and LGBT equality.

Have you ever stood in the Christian Closet?


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