Protecting Transgender People from Discrimination

Despite the widespread support for anti-discrimination legislation for LGBT individuals, such legislation still faces considerable hurdles, at least at the federal level. … [Read more...]

Catholics’ Perspectives on Transgender Issues

A former teacher at a Catholic school is suing, saying that he was dismissed based on his transgender identity. Catholics are, overall, supportive of legal protections for transgender people. … [Read more...]

Our Corner | Mainline Protestant Church Decisions on LGBT Issues Highlight Growing Generational Gaps

The Episcopal Church’s recent decision to sanction transgender ordination and blessings for same-sex couples, as well as the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s narrow vote against amending its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, raises new questions about mainline Protestant denominations’ perspectives on gay and lesbian issues. At the Huffington Post, Dr. Robert P. Jones explores the generational divides that emerge among white mainline Protestants on issues like … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 11, 2012

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? Two questions: is this clam eating the salt or just bringing it into its shell for investigation? And could all convenience store robberies be averted with a little firmness on the part of the cashier? Although not all Americans agree on the best way to tackle immigration reform, there is a consensus of opinion … [Read more...]

Episcopal Church Approves Ordination of Transgender People

On Monday, the Episcopal Church’s leadership overwhelmingly voted to allow the ordination of transgender people, by approving a change to the church’s “nondiscrimination canons” to include “gender identity and expression.” The Episcopal Church currently forbids discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, and age for Episcopalians who want to become priests. The church also made it illegal to discriminate against … [Read more...]