2016 LGBT Health Forum: Sex, Religion and LGBT Health

The 2016 LGBT Health Forum will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7pm in the Jack Morton Auditorium in GW's School of Media and Public Affairs, the original CNN “Crossfire” studio. Our preliminary roster of speakers for “Sex, Religion, and LGBT Health” has been set.  Our speakers and panelists will delve into the role of the faith community in supporting the health of LGBT persons, creating a more accepting environment locally and globally for LGBT people, curbing the spread of HIV, and abolishing conversion therapy. As in previous years, the Forum will be followed by a VIP after party to meet and greet speakers.

Tickets to attend the Forum are free. Tickets to the VIP party following are available for a $35.00 donation to the certificate program. Donors contributing $75 or more will receive recognition in the Forum program. To reserve your tickets, click on the button to the right.

Our scheduled speakers and panelists include:

Bishop Gene Robinson is the first openly gay Bishop in historic Christianity. Robinson was elected Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, working towards equal protection and civil rights for the LGBT community.  He was asked by President-elect Obama to give the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies in 2009.

Beverly Little Thunder is a Lakota tribe elder and founder of Kunsi Keya Tamakoce. Beverly began the Women's Sundance after being asked to leave her traditional Sundance family. In challenging the tradition of men being superior to women, Beverly's vision allowed women of Native American descent to still honor the ceremonies of their ancestor's.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman is currently serving as the president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, which seek to foster a progressive, inclusive approach to Judaism that balances the needs of communities and individuals. 

Reverend Cedric Harmon is an ordained pastor in Washington, D.C., affiliated with the National Baptist and Missionary Baptist Churches. He has been working for human rights and social justice in issues of religion and government throughout his career. Reverend Harmon is now the executive director of Many Voices, a Black church movement in support of gay and transgender justice.