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Becky Garrison is the author of seven books including Roger Williams' Little Book of Virtues (forthcoming) and Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (Publishers Weekly starred review). She contributes to a range of outlets including The Washington Post's On Faith column, The Guardian's Belief section, Truth Wins Out, American Atheist, Free Inquiry, Killing the Buddha and The Revealer.  Her reporting on transgender issues was supported by a 2012 Knight Grant for Reporting on Religion and American Public Life. The Knight Grants are a program of the University of Southern California’s Knight Program in Media and Religion.

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Recent Posts

Sep 09, 2014

Whenever the media uses the phrase "Catholic Church" when they reference statements made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) or by individual church leaders, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, stands up to correct them. "The bishops try to discredit DignityUSA by saying we're not authorized to use the word Catholic," she says.

Aug 26, 2014

For those faith-based leaders looking to create spaces that are welcoming to transgender individuals and their families, the Williams Institute can provide a wealth of resources.

Feb 10, 2014

During the 2013 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, I caught two films that highlight the impact religious bigotry plays in the actual lives of LGBT individuals.

Jun 03, 2013

Rev. Mykal Slack, recently featured on Believe Out Loud, is a trans-identified clergy person who describes himself as a "Bridge Builder, Worship Leader and Diversity Trainer." I sat down with Rev. Slack for some tea in Boston where he serves as a Residency Manager in order to glean his insights on creating radically welcoming spaces for trans and gender nonconforming people.

May 28, 2013

At South by Southwest (SXSW) 2012, Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid, founders of the advice website and youth outreach organization Everyone Is Gay, shared how their straightforward and humorous approach connects with LGBT teens and young adults.

May 02, 2013

With same sex marriage in Rhode Island becoming law of the land today, New England becomes the first region in the United State to vote in favor of marriage equality. Rhode Island may have been the last state in the Northeast to grant LGBT couples the same civil rights as other couples, but this victory brings to mind how Rhode Island has served as a beacon for religious liberty since its inception.

Apr 29, 2013

As I reported at Truth Wins Out, G.R.A.C.E. has begun a formal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse within the Bob Jones University (BJU) network.

Mar 20, 2013

As reported by GLAAD and other online outlets, evangelical minister, author, and speaker Rob Bell made clear his support for marriage equality last weekend during a speech at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

"I am for marriage. I am for fidelity," he said. "I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man."

Feb 26, 2013

When I received a Facebook invite regarding Atheist Coming Out Week at Harvard University, I observed the similarities between this material and the LGBT pride pieces I get in my inbox. Both pro-LGBT gatherings and events like the "Why Atheism Matters" Panel celebrate and humanize populations often marginalized in the media.

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