Roberta Kaplan Joins Faith In America Board

New York, NY, April 12, 2016 – On the heels of winning the historic case in Mississippi ending the ban on same-sex couples right to adopt, Faith In America is proud to announce Roberta Kaplan will be joining our board.

“Roberta Kaplan is the real deal. She cuts through all the noise and understands what’s at stake for the LGBT community,” Eliel Cruz, Executive Director of Faith In America. “Now, more than ever before, we need to respond to anti-LGBT religious based bigotry without skirting around religion. Our movement needs to meet anti-LGBT religious narratives head on. Kaplan has already done so much for our community with her landmark marriage equality case and the recent Mississippi adoption case. Her drive to do even more is inspiring. It is an honor that she accepted the invitation to serve on our board.”

Kaplan joins Faith In America board just a month after Executive Director, Eliel Cruz was brought on to guide Faith In America into its next chapter.

“As we enter our second decade, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Roberta Kaplan to our board. When I co-founded Faith In America ten years ago, I spoke about the need to combat religious based bigotry because that’s what’s hurting our LGBT youth the most,” Mitchell Gold, Board Chair and co-founder of Faith In America said. “It’s the message that says you’re sinful for loving who you love or for being comfortable in your own body that sends kids to suicide. The face of our movement can’t just be well moisturized white gay couple, they should be about the LGBT youth who have internalized these anti-LGBT religious messages.”

A few of the next battles for the LGBT movement are combating anti-LGBT RFRAs, securing a ban on conversion therapy, and working on LGBT homelessness. All of these hurdles are based on using anti-LGBT religious dogma.

“I have long believed that our community needs to engage with anti-LGBT religious messages directly,” Roberta Kaplan, noted civil rights Lawyer and LGBT activist said. “Religious people are not only on one side of this issue. Many religions, including my own, believe that every human being was created in the divine image and that means that everyone has equal dignity under the law. Too many Americans employ their religious beliefs as weapons to justify discrimination against and hatred of others.  That is not only wrong, but inconsistent with the values on which our great nation was founded.  I’m honored to join the Board of Faith In America to support their important work.”

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About Faith In America: 
Established in 2006, Faith In America is a non-profit organization whose ultimate goal is to end decades and centuries of using religious teachings to justify marginalizing and discriminating against others. We are dedicated to influencing media and faith community narratives on religion and sexuality. Our goal is to move the needle forward on LGBTQ equality in the pews and in our legislation. Our Mission is to educate the public about the ongoing harm caused to LGBTQ persons, especially youth, by religious-based prejudice. Our dream is to change the hearts and minds of religious communities on the “sinful” nature of homosexuality. To remove it permanently from “the sin list.”