Nearly 300 pro-LGBT Christians converge in Orlando, Fla., for ‘Believe Out Loud’

October 09, 2010

Pedro Julio Serrano
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Faith leaders from across the country gather to counter religion-based bigotry, are available for interview

ORLANDO, Oct. 9 — Nearly 300 pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Christians are gathering this weekend in Orlando, Fla., for the groundbreaking Believe Out Loud Power Summit. While planned in advanced, this is happening at a time when there is widespread attention and concern about the scourge of bullying, teen suicides and violence against LGBT people. This conference is also an important tool in countering religion-based bigotry, such as this weekend’s protest by anti-LGBT pastor Fred Phelps against the LGBT Pride celebration in Orlando.

For more extensive coverage, including video and photos, from today’s opening worship, click here.

“Too many times, religion has been used to demonize and persecute LGBT people, just as religion has and continues to be used to justify oppression of other communities. But we’re not standing for this and we’re not staying silent,” says the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, faith work director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “The Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to work for justice, inclusion and right relationship for all people, and all means all.”

Faith leaders and presenters are available for interview. Contact Pedro Julio Serrano at 787.602.5954 or

Believe Out Loud Power Summit is a concrete skills-building conference for leaders in the pro-LGBT welcoming church movement in order to organize and strategize against bias attacks, advance justice and equality, and promote the fundamental humanity of LGBT people — both in their churches and in the larger society.

The summit, from Oct. 9-11, is convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources and the Task Force Academy for Leadership and Action in partnership with Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Gay and Lesbian Affirming Disciples Alliance, Integrity USA, Lutherans Concerned/North America, More Light Presbyterians, Reconciling Ministries Network, UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns and Welcoming Community Network.

Faith leaders and presenters are available for interview. Contact Pedro Julio Serrano at 787.602.5954 or

For video and more coverage on the summit today, visit


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.