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Religious gays are showing their spiritual Pride to support Queer Youth of Faith Day

Queer Youth of Faith Day, a holiday founded by the organization Beloved Arise, which describes itself as the “first national organization dedicated to empowering youth to embrace both their faith and their queer identity.”Research by The Trevor Project shows that one in five LGBTQ+ youths said that religious or spirituality is important or very important to them, and nearly one in four reported engaging in prayer, meditation, or private reflection on their religion on at least a weekly or daily basis. And in a heartening sign, LGBTQ+ youth who rated religion or spirituality as important or very important reported significantly lower rates of symptoms of depression compared to other LGBTQ+ youth.A post shared by Beloved Arise | Queer Youth of Faith (@beloved_arise)Subscribe to our newsletter for a refreshing cocktail (or mocktail) of LGBTQ+ entertainment and pop culture, served up with a side of eye-candy.“What I doing this Pride is the same thing I do all year round,” activist Shawn Ahmed says, “be Muslim and be gay.”Even so, LGBTQ+ individuals often feel excluded, dehumanized, and/or persecuted by unaccepting religious communities.

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