WATCH THE TRAILER: In 2012, Love Free or Die,
the story of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson,
premiered on national TV!
Religion has long been misused throughout history – including to condone slavery or the silence of women in church, yet we're repulsed by those ideas now!
Religion has also been misused to justify the oppression and exclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people.
But the world is changing.
A groundswell of people is emerging from the shadows of silence to stand for the full dignity and equality of all – no matter who they are or who they love. They are telling their stories of courage to conflicted loved ones, sharing why their own beliefs compel them to welcome, affirm and celebrate LGBT people – just as they would anybody else. Because people are people.
Through courageous storytelling and effective advocacy, this rising generation is opening its loved ones' hearts and minds to the dignity and equality of all people.
In this critical election cycle, as voters in seven states decided whether or not to support the equality of LGBT people, the Groundswell of Courage campaign mobilized people to activate their power of storytelling and reach out to conflicted loved ones to change hearts and minds – in this cycle and beyond.
Here's where you come in as an agent of change.
There is more we can do to advance the full equality and dignity for LGBT people! In your life, there is someone for whom no one else is better positioned than YOU to change their heart and mind on LGBT dignity. As you figure out for whom you are the right friend, family member, neighbor, or colleague, we'll help you prepare to talk to them.
1. Find (or organize!) a screening of Love Free or Die. In the Sundance Award-winning film, we get more of Bishop Gene Robinson's story – how he came to be the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom. We watch as Gene Robinson and countless other courageous people of faith bend history’s arc toward justice and dignity for LGBT people. The film is a perfect vehicle for your family, class room, or congregation to open up a conversation in your living room, school, or house of worship about social action for social justice and LGBT equality.
2. Learn how to move a conflicted person of faith. Watch the webinar recording of researched strategies to help turn opponents of LGBT equality into supporters.
3. Want to go even further? Start your own campaign! As the saying goes – never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. So while Bishop Gene Robinson continues his work ... Start a petition. Spread the word. Grow a movement. http://action.groundswell-movement.org/ This time next year, you'll have wanted to start today.
As Congress takes up the work of including the 11 million among us who call the US home but are yet to be fully included because of their immigration status, more than 1,100 people are deported - separated from their families and loved ones - each day that the debate goes forward.
This Friday we're launching our faith-based Kentucky movement for immigration reform – into Senator Rand Paul's hands. Add your name to join your neighbors in Kentucky supporting compassionate & just Immigration Reform.
After being brutally beaten, 82-year-old Piara Singh deserves to have the crime against him counted. The FBI is finally meeting June 5th to decide whether or not to track hate crimes against Sikh Americans. We need to make sure they hear from us.
Almost 4,000 people of faith and values have spoken out, signing a petition to tell ESPN Christian does not equal anti-gay. Now, ESPN has agreed to meet next week with Rev. Debra Haffner, who started the petition, and a delegation of LGBT-affirming clergy. Join the campaign today.
Inspired by his faith, Jason Collins came out this week as the first openly gay NBA basketball player. But ESPN Commentator Chris Broussard said he wasn't a Christian. Tell ESPN not to allow anti-gay speech to go unchallenged.
In the wake of the Boston bombing, will we let terror divide us? Unlike any other time in history, we have the tools & people-power to shape what happens next. Read Valarie's Kaur's moving vision piece about our movement post-Boston.