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Gays and Spiritual Space



There has often been friction between religious institutions and gay, bi, lesbian, and trans folks. However many of us desire and pursue spiritual fulfilment within religious organizations. For those among us who seek it out, how do we navigate the minefield of the spiritual landscape to deal with those anti-LGBT churches and religions to find a religious ideology and congregation that satisfies our longing for spiritual fulfillment?  Is it easier to undergo that journey successfully in some religions over others?  Or in some regions over others; for example, is it easier to find somewhere accepting in regions where church attendance is a common community practice, such as in these states?

Moreover, within our own community we encounter a wide array of spiritual and non-spiritual beliefs. There are LGBT specific spaces being carved out in a myriad of Judeo-Christian as well as other religious sects; the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) website has a very comprehensive list here. Our community also has a higher predisposition toward being non-religious.  A 2014 Gallup poll found that LGBT Americans are significantly more likely to identify as not religious, and American Atheists even sponsors two ‘LGBT Atheist Activism’ scholarships.

LGBT populations are already so rich with diversity in our backgrounds, race, sex, etc. and the array of forms our spiritual (or nonspiritual) journeys take are no less diverse. So let’s come together this Friday at 8:30pm and discuss how our individual and collective experiences and relationships with religion further strengthen and enrich our LGBT DC-metro community.

Gay District meets at The DC Center, located inside the Reeves building at 2000 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20009.  Attendees will need to enter the Reeves building via the “Exit” doors on 14th Street, facing McDonald’s. We encourage attendees to bring their photo ID to gain access inside the building. If you do not have or are unable to present a photo ID, please contact the DC Center at (202) 682-2245.

Gay Rights And The World

LGBT activists were attacked during an action "Day of Kisses" against a homophobic bill in Moscow

On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states, cementing the progress of gay rights in the United States over 40 years.
But in other countries, gay rights is a dangerous cause. Gay pride marches in Moscow are banned and met with police arresting participants. In many countries in Africa, homosexuality is a crime, and those suspected of being gay are under the constant threat of violence. Even in Israel, an extremely tolerant country for LGBT people, six people were stabbed at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, and one 16-year-old girl died.
We will also be joined by former facilitator Jay Gilliam, who recently returned from Cuba with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington.
Will gay rights progress in other countries as it has the United States? Have you been to, or are from, another country where LGBT people live under the threat of violence?
We will answer these questions, and more on Friday, August 7 at 8:30 at the DC Center at 2000 U St. NW, inside the Reeves Center, on the first floor.