L.A. Panel Features Prominent Pro-LGBT Religious Figures

Four prominent pro-LGBT religious figures were lauded as pioneers at a panel discussion called ‘Is Religion Getting Us to LGBTQ Equality?’

Four prominent pro-LGBT religious figures were lauded as pioneers and garnered two standing ovations at a panel discussion called “Is Religion Getting Us to LGBTQ Equality?” Thursday in Los Angeles.

Hosted by the Lavender Effect, a nonprofit that aims to create an interactive LGBT museum, the panel featured Rabbi Denise Eger, founder and rabbi of Congregtion Kol Ami, an LGBT-affirming Reform synagogue in West Hollywood; Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Mel White, founder of Soulforce, a nonprofit that fights religious oppression of LGBT people; and Ani Zonneveld, founder of Muslims for Progressive Values. Moderated by author Lee Wind, the panel was held at Founders Metropolitan Community Church — the flagship congregation of the denomination founded by Perry.

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