Christian Magazine to Publish Full-Page Ad on LGBT Youth Homelessness
Today, GLAAD announced that progressive Christian magazine Sojourners will publish a full-page ad in its September/October issue highlighting the disproportionate rates of homelessness facing LGBT youth. GLAAD helped create the ad along with the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization serving homeless LGBT youth, after the magazine rejected print advertisements from the LGBT Christian congregational welcoming campaign, Believe Out Loud. In response to public outcry about the decision, Sojourners President and founder, Jim Wallis, stated that while he supports LGBT-inclusion in places of worship, Sojourners is meant to address issues of “poverty, racial justice, stewardship of the creation, and the defense of life and peace.”
GLAAD contacted Sojourners regarding its advertising and editorial policies. When representatives reiterated that Sojourners is committed to issues including poverty and homelessness, GLAAD discussed how LGBT people are deeply affected by those issues. GLAAD successfully advocated for the inclusion of a full-page ad spotlighting facts about homelessness among LGBT youth. Additionally, Sojourners agreed to run a series of blog posts about LGBT youth and homelessness.
“Engaging faith communities with messages that encourage parents to support their gay and transgender children is a crucial step in reducing the number of LGBT youth left homeless by unwelcoming families,” said GLAAD’s Director of Religion, Faith & Values Ross Murray. “By running this ad, Sojourners is sending a strong message to millions of Christians that all children—gay and straight—deserve to be loved.”