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Thousands of LGBTQ Activists, LGBTQ Faith Leaders, and Allies Say, “My Faith Doesn’t Discriminate” on National Religious Freedom Day

A black transgender man wearing a white clergy collar, black shirt, and black suit jacket holds a sign reading "My Faith Doesn't Discriminate." He is standing outdoors in the sun, wearing sunglasses. He is smiling and looking toward the person next to him, an older white woman who is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a sleeveless shirt and has rainbow stickers on her arm. Her sign reads "Me fe no discrimina." Both signs include the hashtag #RepealHB2

DALLAS, TX – Thousands of LGBTQ+ advocates, activists, leaders and allies are declaring that religious freedom means equal treatment for all during the 32nd Creating Change Conference in Dallas, TX.

Today, on National Religious Freedom Day, the conference is hosting a series of sessions focused on faith and LGBTQ equality, including a panel on religious liberty that features Rev. Mark Odhiambo Odieny, a gay Roman Catholic priest who received asylum in the U.S. in 2016 from Kenya.

The “Reclaiming Religious Liberty” panel will be live streamed via Faith in Public Life’s Facebook page, beginning at 9:15 a.m. Panelists will also highlight the 900 leaders from diverse faith traditions who have signed a national petition declaring that their faith does not discriminate and that religious freedom should not be misused by people who want to discriminate against our LGBTQ neighbors and those of minority faiths.

The Creating Change Conference, run by the National LGBTQ Task Force, is the foremost political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement. 

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Since 1988, Creating Change has created opportunities for tens of thousands of committed people to develop and hone their activist skills, build community, and inspire. This year, in addition to the political focus of the work, the Conference will be focusing on the 2020 Census and building capacity to ensure everyone is counted.

Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good.