Keeping the Faith
Faith Organizing or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, andTransgender Moral and Civil Rights in a Southern State
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite and Marta Cook January 2011
The Center or American Progress, through the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, has been engagedor two years in individually tailored research to examine religious and advocacy eorts that contribute toor impede moral and civil equality or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. This report is theourth in a series and examines aith and LGBT advocacy eorts in Tennessee. The goal o all our reports is tohelp rerame the debate beyond “religion vs. gay rights” and put orth the importance o ongoing, substan-tive collaborations between aith communities and LGBT advocates.In previous reports, we examined such collaborations in Michigan and Arkansas on marriage equality andsame-sex adoption issues. We learned important lessons about what works when it comes to aith organizing,outreach, and communications. While some similarities exist among the states we’ve studied, dierences alsoabound. This report, which examines aith and LGBT advocacy eorts in Tennessee, contains lessons that holdtrue or other states, even as it reveals lessons that are less portable. Both types o lessons are important, aswe continue eorts in other states, and at the national level, to bring ull equality to all Americans.We would like to thank the Arcus Foundation or its generous support o this report and our ProgressiveFaith and Family Equality project.