What an honor for Canyonwalker Connections (Kathy Baldock) to recognized by Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as a “Memorable Ally Women of Faith in 2011”! Okay, way more than just an honor; it is wonderfully cool!!
In honor of Women’s History Month, GLAAD’s Religion, Faith, & Values program is profiling women from different faith backgrounds who have dedicated themselves to justice and equality for the LGBT community, both within their faith communities and in society as a whole. Today, GLAAD’s Religion, Faith, and Values Program would like to give a recap of a few of the ally women of faith who were highlighted on GLAAD’s blog in the last year.
The recognition highlighted:
Since 2004, evangelical ally Kathy Baldock has advocated on behalf of LGBT communities of faith. Baldock became involved in LGBT activism within Christian communities because of her own personal friendship with a lesbian whom she hiked. Last year, GLAAD covered her Str8 Apology Initiative and her Spirit Day support. The mission of her ally organization Canyonwalker Connections is “To educate and create dialogue between the Christian Church and the (LGBT) Christian.
Along with some very impressive women:
- Sister Jeannine Gramick, founder of New Ways Ministries and a Catholic nun who has lead the movement for inclusion of LGBT people in the Roman Catholic Church since the 1970’s.
- Rev. Heidi Newmark, who runs a permanent shelter for LGBT youth in the basement of the Trinity Lutheran Church, NYC where she pastors.
- Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Saints and Sinners in Denver, CO which is gay and trans inclusive. She has continually supported LGBT equality.