How Did So Many ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills Turn Up in the States at Once?

Protest of "religious freedom" bill in Topeka, KS. (Courtesy Planting Peace.) Right-wing organizations and politicians are working feverishly in the states to ban the rights of LGBTQ people under the guise of “religion.” Losing in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion, they want to chip away at our gains. A “religious exemption” law that would allow wedding businesses, hotel and restaurant owners, even public employees like firefighters, police, and EMS workers to refuse service to LGBTQ people has already passed and Read More

Article on Mel White’s Meeting with Fred Phelps in 1999

Mel Phelps art 3  Rev. White preaches reconciliation By BILL BLANKENSHIP and PHIL ANDERSON The Capital-Journal 12/10/99   The Rev. Mel White, a homosexual minister from Laguna Beach, Fla., walked in front of Westboro Baptist Church to protest the anti-homosexual message of the Rev. Fred W. Phelps, who has become part of the Topeka landscape. White met with Phelps on Wednesday. David Eulitt/The Capital-Journal To give up on the Rev. Fred W. Phelps because of his strident anti-homosexual protests Read More

Soulforce Statement on the Death of Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps Protest “My adversary is also animated by common dignity, worth, love and Spirit; we are both members of the same human family; we are people in need of reconciliation.” – From “Seven Soulforce Beliefs about My Adversary” How difficult these words are to read when thinking about Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, who died last Wednesday night. For many of us, he was a man who embodied society’s worst practices of hatred toward the Read More

Soulforce History with Focus on the Family

2014-03-17 04.27.38 pm Even before starting Soulforce in 1998, our founders Mel White and Gary Nixon engaged Focus on the Family and its founder, fundamentalist power broker James Dobson, with a week-long Fast for Understanding in 1994. Mel received national attention for his hunger strike, met with Focus on the Family staff, and eventually exchanged letters with James Dobson asking him to stop his inflammatory rhetoric against LGBTQ people. Soulforce began more extensive public engagements with Focus on Read More

Soulforce Fundraiser in Portland, OR on March 21st!

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Soulforce Headed to Nashville to Lead Training

Tennessee_State_Capitol Soulforce staffers Esmé Rodríguez (left) and Haven Herrin (right) will be headed to Nashville on March 10th to lead a training in partnership with the Vanderbilt Divinity School Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, GABLE (the LGBTQ group at Vanderbilt Divinity School) and OutCentral (Nashville’s LGBTQ community center). Trainings will include “Fundamentalism, Soulforce Style,” which involves cutting through the many perceptions and casual definitions of fundamentalism to examine its ideological root; and “Defanging Scripture, Read More

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Soulforce Leads Symposium on Community and Individual Transformation in Columbus

ohio slider Soulforce held its first Symposium of 2014, “Trans*figuration and Trans*formation: People and Communities Living Out Loud with Love” during the weekend of February 7-9 at First Congregational Church in downtown Columbus. Soulforce Symposia provide opportunities for training and discussion for community activists around intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion. The program represented the culmination of months of organizing work carried out by Soulforce activists in Ohio, particularly around trans*, faith, and immigration issues. Read More

Article on Soulforce in Columbus Dispatch: “Religious urged to help gays achieve equality”

herrin-white Religious urged to help gays achieve equality  By JoAnne Viviano The Columbus Dispatch • Monday February 10, 2014 7:06 AM The co-founder of a national advocacy group for gay people challenged those gathered at a Downtown church yesterday to do more to seek justice and end suffering. The Rev. Mel White of Soulforce commended members of First Congregational Church United Church of Christ for the work they already have done. He encouraged them to do Read More

Michael Sam, college football star and top NFL prospect, says he’s gay

140209220417-10-michael-sam---restricted-horizontal-gallery (CNN) – Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri, publicly revealed that he’s gay Sunday, creating the possibility he’ll be the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League. “I came to tell the world I’m an openly proud gay man,” he said in an interview with ESPN. He said he told his Missouri teammates in August and suffered no repercussions. He said he was surprised to discover many people in the Read More

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