Statement by the National Religious Leadership Roundtable at the closing plenary of the 21st annual Creating Change conference

Statement by the National Religious Leadership Roundtable at the closing plenary of the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Denver, Colo., Feb. 1, 2009

Whereas religious conservatives are on the forefront of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activism;

Whereas progressive LGBT and allied people of faith have to be at the forefront of the movement for LGBT equality and liberation, that their voices are fully heard and their experience working with faith communities validated in order to counter faith-based anti-LGBT activism;

Whereas the Obama administration announced a range of policy shifts in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, our families and communities; which will provoke ongoing resistance from religious conservatives;

Therefore, we of the National Religious Leadership Roundtable at the 2009 National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Denver, Colorado, urge our own mainstream LGBT organizations to prioritize work with faith communities and in all planning assure the presence of LGBT faith leaders with an equal and fully empowered seat at the table.