The past year has posed significant challenges for many LGBTQ members of faith communities. For example, a recent vote in the United Methodist Church strengthened its ban on marriage for same-sex couples and LGBTQ clergy, leaving many LGBTQ United Methodists feeling discouraged and isolated. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is actively stripping away nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The administration often justifies these actions under the flimsy guise of religious liberty, arguing that religious traditions are a valid excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people, further erasing the experiences of LGBTQ people of faith. Just this past spring, however, LGBTQ people of faith voiced their strong support for the Equality Act, a groundbreaking bipartisan bill that would provide LGBTQ people consistent and explicit protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public spaces, credit, jury service, and federally funded programs.

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