Soulforce Executive Director Haven Herrin Receives Arcus Leadership Fellowship

Soulforce is proud to announce that Executive Director Haven Herrin has been chosen as one of 13 of this year's Arcus Leadership Fellowship recipients. Through this fellowship, Herrin will gain access to a suite of resources to support the ability to reach out to key partners, build effective alliances, and develop their professional expertise. "The Arcus Foundation has been a phenomenal partner to Soulforce over the years and a strong leader in the LGBTQI movement when it comes to critical thinking about religion, race, human rights, and grassroots organizing," says Herrin. "I am really grateful to be supported by a foundation I have so much respect for and look forward to learning a lot. I

Know Your Neighbors: Infographic of Homophobia and Transphobia in the Global South

Homophobia and transphobia as they exist globally are not simply acts, laws, or statements. We at Soulforce have learned – throughout our partnership with Political Research Associates in our Know Your Neighbors project – that these oppressions much larger than that: they are interconnected systems that have a lot to do with other violent structures of oppression like patriarchy, wealth, white supremacy, and colonialism. In light of the violent statements against LGBTQ Gambians made on Saturday by President Yahya Jammeh, we realize we must interrogate what religious fundamentalism and Western influence have to do with anti-LGBT violence in countries like the Gambia – a Muslim nation whose an

Soulforce House: Southeast - Round 3 Applications Due June 28, 2015!

Soulforce engages the schools, churches, and political organizations that hold religion as a buttress to racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia and other forms of oppression. The Soulforce House program provides leadership training to activists who want to grow that kind of work in their own community with specific focus in areas such as: Religious colleges and universities Historically Black Colleges and Universities Faith communities and institutions Parachurch organizations What is the Movement Fellowship? It is a year-long leadership development program for LGBTQI people organizing in the Southeast. It is comprised of a series of regional gatherings and retreats starting in August 2

Member Pick: Lou Anne Smoot

Lou Anne Smoot Tyler, Texas How have you been involved with Soulforce (e.g. following on social media, providing feedback on surveys, actions, trainings, programs, etc.)? Why does Soulforce's work resonate with you? I knew as a young teenager that I was "different," and discovered that difference at age 17 when my Baylor roommate and I fell in love with each other. My parents let me know this was sinful and an unacceptable way for me to live my life. I followed their admonitions, married, and stayed (unhappily) married for 37 years. When I was 60 years of age, a member of the Baptist Sunday School class that I taught told me the God loves gays and that we should, too. Her words of acceptance

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