Chicago Area Baha'is Attend LGBTQ Conference

Judy El-Amin at Bolder Than Out Social Justice Conference, April 6, 2013

CHICAGO (April 6, 2013) – For Chicago attorney Judy El-Amin, and four of her fellow members of the Bahá'í community the goal was to learn a new language—how to speak about the Bahá'í Faith in a meaningful and respectful way to individuals who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, that their hearts might become attracted to the message of the Divine Prophet for this age. (Today those individuals commonly refer to themselves with the acronym "LGBTQ".)

"In January," remarked Judy, "I was contacted by a longtime friend of mine, Georgia, an advocate for the LGBTQ community. She told me that she was serving on a steering committee that was planning a social justice conference serving the black LGBTQ community." She said that the conference would be held in Chicago on the weekend commemorating the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., April 5 -7. "We are planning to have an interfaith panel," said Georgia, "and I would like you to be a member of the panel representing the Bahá'í Faith."

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