The Huffington Post just published a pretty nifty list of “15 Inspiring LGBT Religious Leaders.”
Reflecting and shaping the culture in which it is embedded, religion has historically been hostile to LGBT-identified people and communities. However, over the last three decades more denominations, congregations and individuals have come out in support of honoring the full humanity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people. Today, hundreds, if not thousands, of religious communities are truly places of celebration, healing and hope for all people.
This initial list of 15 ground breaking individuals is just a sampling of the many LGBT religious leaders who have reclaimed religious traditions and communities.
The list includes Christians, Muslims, Jews, and spiritualists from across the globe.
Of course, not all of us can be great faith leaders… but being a dedicated follower is as important as being a passionate leader. I pray that the doubts, fears, and injustice often experienced by our community don’t keep us from being committed people of faith.