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Thursday, March 24 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Religion & Queer Rights

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This panel will explore the complicated relationship between the queer rights movement and religion at a time when a growing number of anti-LGBTQ state bills have been proposed across the country. There have also been significant changes in both the doctrines and approaches of diverse religious groups concerning LGBTQ people in the past 15 years. This panel will consider the ways in which religion has lent itself to the queer rights movement, what has caused public opinion among religious Americans to drastically shift, and what trends journalists should be paying attention to in the years ahead.

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Guthrie Graves-FitzSimmons

Fellow, Center for American Progress
Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons is a fellow with the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress. His work focuses on a wide range of issues related to the role of religion in American public life, including promoting a progressive vision of religious liberty that champions... Read More →

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Sharon Groves

Vice-President for Partner Engagement, Auburn Seminary
Dr. Sharon Groves is Vice-President for Partner Engagement at Auburn Seminary. In that capacity Sharon engages with movements, leaders, and organizations doing justice work grounded in faith and moral courage. Prior to joining Auburn’s staff, Sharon served as a Senior Fellow for... Read More →
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Michael Haycock

Christian Life Coordinator, Georgetown University
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Francis DeBernardo

Executive Director, New Ways Ministry in Mount Rainier, Maryland
Francis DeBernardo has ministered at New Ways Ministry since 1992, first as a volunteer, and then as a staff member since 1994. He has served as Executive Director since 1996. He has conducted programs on LGBT issues and Catholicism in parishes, dioceses, retreat houses, colleges... Read More →

Thursday March 24, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Bethesdan B&C