Believe Out Loud: Bringing faith and secular communities together for LGBT equality

Today marked the second day of the groundbreaking Believe Out Loud Power Summit, where 300 pro-LGBT Christians and allies converged to organize and strategize against bias violence advance justice and equality, and promote the fundamental humanity of LGBT people — both in their churches and in the larger society.

The day kicked off when the Task Force’s Pedro Julio Serrano, founder of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, addressed the spate of violence against LGBT people in New York City over the past several days, including the brutal attack in the Bronx, as well as the ongoing violence against LGBT people everywhere.


Then, the Rev. Debra Peevey, the first openly lesbian ordained pastor by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), gave the keynote sermon in which she talked about how critical it is for faith and secular communities to work together.


Peevey then read from scripture, calling for summit attendees to “let loose a flood of justice.”


She closed her remarks by urging everyone act to create change in the face of anti-LGBT violence. Read the full sermon here.


Folks rise to sing a hymn of reflection:

The Rev. Troy Plummer (below), executive director of the Reconciling Ministries Network, delivered a call-to-arms sermon at today’s worship to continue the work of bringing justice and equality for LGBT people. Read the “Are You Scandalized?” sermon here.

Attendees peruse the Love Makes a Family photography exhibit, which includes photos of LGBT clergy:

To read more about the events from the first day of Believe Out Loud, click here.