Of Many Colors at the New Orleans Loving Festival

The New Orleans Loving Festival, now in its fourth year, draws its name from the 1967 Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, a suit brought by an interracial couple that ended race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.  The Festival celebrates the many manifestations of love while at the same time exploring the complexity of identity in contemporary America.

We were pleased to have them show our exhibit of multiracial families, “Of Many Colors” at the Festival, which ran June 6-12, and to extend the showing of the exhibit through July 1, 2014.

A local arts blog published a review of the exhibit here.

In Our Family at Bullis School

The IN OUR FAMILY exhibit was recently shown at Bullis School, a private coed college prep school for grades 2-12, located in Potomac Maryland.  This exhibit was sponsored by their Staff Diversity and Equity Committee.

As a unique addition to the exhibit, seven families from Bullis School added their photos and text to the exhibit.

Eliminating The Stigma Of Mental Illness: Interview

Peggy Gillespie, one of the creators of  the photo-text exhibit “Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family” was interviewed by Pittsburgh radio KDKA’s Chris Moore this weekend.

Read more about the interview and find a link to the hour-long program here.

FDP a Part of “Rethinking the Day of Silence”


“Rethinking the Day of Silence,” an article published this month by teacher Adrianna Murphy, describes how her middle school took their experience of National Day of Silence and reshaped it into a “Day of Action.”  They included a display of the Love Makes a Family photo-text exhibit, as well as workshops and panel discussions.

Read the article

Imam Daayiee Abdullah in the News

Slide111One of the clergy-leaders in our We Have Faith exhibit, Imam Daayiee Abdullah, was profiled yesterday in the Washington Post.  Read the article here.



We Have Faith at Covenant Baptist UCC

Covenant BaptistWe Have Faith is showing at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, DC, on March 11-15.  Covenant is one of the District’s most gay-welcoming churches.

See the news article from The Washington Blade on March 7, 2013



Love Makes a Family at Langley United Methodist Church

WhidbeyLove Makes a Family was recently exhibited at Langley United Methodist Church, located about 40 miles north of Seattle, WA.  Several area churches, including St. Augustine’s Episcopal, Trinity Lutheran, Unity Of Whidbey, Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Whidbey Island Friends, pooled resources with the Langley United Methodist Church to bring the exhibit to Whidbey Island. Whidbey Giving Circle and Whidbey PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) are also co-sponsors.

Read the story from the local newspaper.

Love Makes a Family in Amsterdam, NY

amsterdam-nyLocal residents gathered at the Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties on Wednesday to see an LGBT art exhibit and open their minds.

See the article in the local newspaper.


WHF in Provincetown

We Have Faith previews in Provincetown, 2012.  Provincetown Banner:

Photo exhibit in Provincetown highlights diversity of clergy




A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Many people of faith are getting comfortable with phrases like  “Gay Christian”, “Lesbian clergy member”, ‘trans person of faith”, or “queer Jewish family.”  But there are still people of faith across the country who think they do not know any LGBT people.  In October 2012, a new exhibit called WE HAVE FAITH : LGBT Clergy and People of Faith Speak Out, will begin to change that.  Beautiful and honest photos of bold trailblazers with their loved ones with text from personal interviews shine a light on their faith as they work for equality.  From Muslim to Mormon, Baptist to Pentecostal they are inspiring.

Those of us in the LGBT faith movement stand a little prouder when Pride parades in Chicago are led by faith leaders in clergy collars.  We cheer when San Francisco’s Pride features Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, from Uganda who has risked everything to minister to LGBT people there.  We know we are moving forward when  United Methodists of Northern Illinios, Iowa,  Texas , resist the church’s policies of anti-LGBT discrimination.  But, average people in the pews are not there to see faith leaders lead Pride marches.  This exhibit helps bring the stories of affirmation and welcome to people everywhere.

As Sung Park, former Program Director of Believe Out Loud and current student at Union Theological Seminary explains, “WE HAVE FAITH breaks the notion that people of all faiths are all anti-LGBT. This exhibit creates a new landscape in which faith and religion is a place of nurturance for those who have been wounded by the homophobic and transphobic voices in many faith traditions. WE HAVE FAITH is doing ground-breaking work in the area of faith and values.  I encourage every house of worship, conference, seminary, college or school to show WE HAVE FAITH and all the other FDP exhibits.”

WE HAVE FAITH is ready to be displayed in a house of worship, college, seminary, or other community venue.  The exhibit fosters meaningful dialogue,  challenges homophobia and transphobia, and supports the movement for the full moral and legal equality of LGBT.  An October, five-city launch will bring WE HAVE FAITH to DC, NYC, San Francisco, Atlanta and Minneapolis.

For more information or to bring WE HAVE FAITH to your community, please contact Family Diversity projects at info@familydiv.org or visit the website at www.familydiv.org.

Family Diversity Projects

P.O. Box 1246

Amherst, MA 01004-1246

Phone: (413) 256-1611

Fax: (413) 253-3977