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Rise in LGBTQ+ population slows

After climbing steadily for almost a decade, the percentage of Americans who identify as LGBTQ remained steady at 7.2% in 2022, according to the latest Gallup survey.

The AP Interview: Pope says homosexuality not a crime

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as "unjust," saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.

‘Love the sinner, hate our sin’: Church responds to LGBTQ mass shooting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Vanguard Church in downtown Colorado Springs is just blocks from Club Q where a gunman allegedly killed five people.

Students searching for answers, panelists say

WACO, Texas (BP) — A webinar for leaders of pre-teens, teens and young adults drew its maximum number of 500 registrants to hear a discussion entitled, “Can I Talk About That?”

FIRST-PERSON: Equipping your children to live in a pro-LGBTQ culture

For the last couple of years, the volume has increased over concerns related to parental rights, especially at public schools. What focused for a time as concerns over in-person education and the use of masks during the pandemic has quickly returned to concerns over matters of sexuality and gender.

SBC President Bart Barber featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes

NEW YORK (BP) – SBC President Bart Barber was a guest of Anderson Cooper on CBS’ 60 Minutes program Sunday (Oct. 9). The 13-minute segment dealt with issues of sexual abuse in the SBC, political division in the United States surrounding former President Donald Trump, the separation of church and state, abortion, immigration and same-sex marriage.

Samford’s requirements for guest ministries draw fire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – A group of ordained Samford University alumni from a variety of denominations have joined the recent pushback against the school’s longstanding guidelines related to guest ministry organizations.

More than 100 Florida churches file lawsuit to leave United Methodist Church

LAKELAND, Fla. (RNS) — More than 100 churches are suing the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to immediately disaffiliate from the denomination. The lawsuit comes amid a slow-moving schism in the United Methodist Church largely over the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members. And, according to the head of a new, theologically conservative […]

Homosexuality debate rekindles among U.S. denominations

NASHVILLE (BP) – This summer’s denominational gatherings among U.S. churches have deepened fault lines over the topic of human sexuality.

Canada joins list of nations banning conversion therapy

OTTOWA, Canada (BP) – A Canadian law banning any form of conversion therapy, broadly defined as treatment or counseling aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, is set to take effect Jan. 7 (Friday).