LGBT Clergy, Allied Clergy, and People of Faith Speak Out
Interviews by Peggy Gillespie
Photos by Gigi Kaeser
Often, in American society today, religious and spiritual traditions and religious leaders are stereotyped as being unilaterally bigoted, intolerant or blind to the experiences, needs and rights of LGBTQ people and those they love. This exhibit challenges that stereotype by exploring the experiences of LGBTQ clergy and religious and spiritual leaders as they unite their personal stories and histories with their commitment to peace, justice and civil rights through their work in religious establishments of all kinds.
We Have Faith is a museum-quality traveling photo-text exhibit featuring well-known LGBT and allied clergy and people of many faiths and denominations, including Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Created by the same team that made the award-winning exhibit and book Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and their Families, We Have Faith is an exceptional and inspiring resource that will open minds and hearts. The We Have Faith exhibit counters faith-based prejudice by replacing the voices of bigotry and hatred with loving voices calling for full equality and inclusion of LGBT people.
“We Have Faith” was featured in a November 27, 2012 article on Advocate.com
Read the article here
“As the Director of HRC’s Religion and Faith Program, I have become increasingly aware of the significance and power of Family Diversity Project’s exhibits. They offer individual houses of worship (and their leaders and congregants) valuable resources as they struggle to embrace the full range of diversity and become inclusive welcoming congregations. We Have Faith is a unique and powerful exhibit teaching people about why denominations and individuals of faith must stop the hatred and bullying of LGBT people and youth. I want to urge foundations and donors to fund their projects over the coming decade so that their exhibits can be used wherever they are needed in faith communities nationwide and eventually worldwide. Deceptively simple, their exhibitions have an undeniable power to promote understanding and help in this movement for equality.”
Sharon Groves PhD, Director of Religion and Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)