DIALOGUE IS THE EXCHANGE OF PERCEPTIONS; it is the sharing of understandings, which, although diverse, have a common basis in humanity.
In this sense, dialogue with and between religious leaders is a fundamental tool in the structuring of the world. Religious leaders influence public opinion because their viewpoints have an impact on notions of morality.
Consequently, religious dialogue on the inclusion and promotion of LGBT+ people has an influential impact on society at large; it has the power to change the course of history through alliances and commitments that safeguard human lives. Dialogue implies action. The action of these allies reconfigures religion itself, allowing it to be a space to not only think about life, but to defend life in its entirety.
Agents of faith become agents of justice, promoting human rights. some contexts, policy change, to support LGBT+ people of faith and allies.
We have interviewed ten religious leaders regarding their success stories of inclusion and dignity of LGBT+ persons in faith communities. These leaders were chosen from various religious traditions, such as Judaism, Old Catholic of the Americas, Hinduism, Methodist, Traditional African, Roman Catholic and Islam. Some of these people are part of the LGBT+ community and others are allies of the cause. The plurality of religious expression, gender identity and sexual orientation of the interviewees allowed for a diversity of answers to be collected, resulting in nine core strategies to foster dialogue between religious leaders and LGBT+ people regarding LGBT+ issues and human dignity.
Interfaith LGBTQ Toolkit: resources to empower Michigan faith groups to strengthen their welcoming, advocacy and service on behalf of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LBGTQ) (Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network with a grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan)
ALL IN GOD’S FAMILY – creating allies for our LGBT Families (Institute for Welcoming Resources)
HEARTS SET ON PILGRIMAGE – preparing LGBTI people of faith to participate in dialogue with religious leaders (Positive Vibes, FRI, FOCCISA and GIN)
FAITHBOOK: A Guide to Faith and Spirituality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People (The Lesbian and Gay Foundation)
DIALOGUE FOR TRANSFORMATION – a toolkit (Inclusive and Affirming Ministries)
ALL IN GOD’S FAMILY: a Jewish Guide for Creating Allies for Our LGBT Families (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Institute of Welcoming Resources)
CELEBRATING GENDER AND DIVERSITY – a toolkit on gender identity and trans experiences for communities of faith (The United Church of Canada)
TRIBAL EQUITY TOOLKIT: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit and LGBT Justice in Indian Country (Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program at Lewis&Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, the Western States Center, the Pride Foundation, and Basic Rights Oregon) https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/files/12737-tribal-equity-toolkit
LA LIBERTAD RELIGIOSA Y LAS PERSONAS LGBTI – cuaderno para el diálogo sobre los Derechos Humanos en El Salvador
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Progressive interpretations of gender diversity and sexuality – a guideline to understand the human body
and God (Christian-Islam) (Gaya Nusantara Foundation)
Islam, sexual diversity and Access to healthy services