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Christians Pledge To End Discrimination Against LGBTQ People In Pennsylvania

For the first time, a broad movement of clergy and people of faith are joining forces across Pennsylvania to raise awareness about the effects of discrimination and harassment on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.

An impressive group of about 600 clergy and more than 1000 lay people have stepped up to support LGBTQ equality.

Because of their faith, they commit to work for justice. They come from more than 25 denominations and include bishops and other regional denominational leaders. They include people who are progressive, conservative, rich, poor, old, young, black, white, brown, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, straight—from all walks of life. 

In urban centers, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities in every area of this state, people of faith are having important conversations with friends, family members, co-workers, and congregation members about why equality is important. These conversations end the fearful silence; these conversations are full of grace.

Equality Pennsylvania Faith Action Teams are organizing in more than 20 local communities to make life better for LGBTQ people where they live. In addition to raising awareness about the need to include LGBTQ people in statewide non-discrimination protections and hate crimes laws, they will work with local community leaders, press, and community organizations to encourage respect and support for LGBTQ people in their communities. They want to take action that improves the lives of LGBTQ people in practical ways. 

Join us in this important work as we change the religious landscape in Pennsylvania.

Add your name to this campaign to become a part of this movement. You will be contacted about how you feel called to make a difference in big and small ways, including prayer, conversations, service, and action for change. 

I believe in love.

My faith leads me to believe that all human beings are sacred and should be treated with dignity and respect, and that this includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.

I believe in the Golden Rule—that we should treat others the way we would wish to be treated and love our neighbors as ourselves.

I believe that loving our LGBTQ neighbors means we ought to raise awareness and work for full equality under the law for LGBTQ people and their families. Nobody should experience discrimination or harassment because of who they are. 

I will speak up and take action because I believe that all human beings deserve the dignity of work and the ability to use their gifts for the good of the community. Nobody should live in fear that they might be denied housing or turned away from their home simply because of who they are. All human beings deserve to be treated with respect and full equality as they live in their communities, use public services, and patronize businesses. Nobody should live in fear of violence.

I will make a difference in Pennsylvania. 


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Comments (13)

Yes, let us all find ways and places every day to SPEAK LOVE LOUDER!

May this movement spread to New York State and beyond!

Amen!

Couldn't agree more!

I'm in!

I attend Roman Catholic and United Methodist Churches. I believe that the Creator made gay people the way they are and the Creator would not have made them that way only to condemn them for something they can't control. That would be a cruel vision of God and my vision of God is benevolent and loving. Homosexuality is biology, not sin.

We could use one in Illinois too.

I am gay and I know God loves me, for He gave me the most wonderful girlfriend I can ever imagine

I Believe Out Loud!

I am a Christian first and foremost; I also happen to be a lesbian. After more than 20 years of studying the Bible and strengthening my faith and my relationship with God, I am confident and comfortable with who I am; who God created me to be. My prayer and my hope is toward the younger LGBTQ in that they they too can know that God knew them before they were formed and who they are comes to no surprise to the One who Created them.

God is love n He judge not. He loves everybody so we should love everybody too just has God loves us. No matter if we straight, gay, lesbian he loves us all. Pastor needs to come together n welcome everybody into the church n teach everybody that someone who's into the same-sex is not going to hell. They need to teach people how to respect the LGBTQ PERIOD. Judge not or be judge!

I pray the Lord moves in the hearts of his people. To fill them with his supernatural love and compassion. That we stop seeing the LBGT community as not good enough to serve God. In Jesus name Amen.

WE are all God's children and are commanded the same, to love one another. To do otherwise is to disobey our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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