News release from the NALT Christians Project:
Christians everywhere will begin to rise up and proclaim their unconditional love and support for their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members. This new movement, inspired by Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project, encourages LGBT-affirming Christians to upload videos that unapologetically express their full acceptance of LGBT people.
The NALT Christians Project (www.NotAllLikeThat.org), created by Christian author John Shore and Truth Wins Out, will be an online platform that directly challenges the idea that anti-gay Christians represent all or even most of the Christian faithful. The first two videos on the website are from author and advocate Dan Savage, and NALT co-founder John Shore and his wife Catherine.
Frequently, well-intentioned progressive Christians approach LGBT people to say high-profile fundamentalist Christians who dominate the airwaves do not speak for them. They believe in equality. Dan Savage has dubbed these folks “NALT Christians,” because they often say that they are “not all like that,” meaning they are not anti-gay. Savage and others began telling these well meaning folks, “Don’t tell us you’re not all like that. Tell the National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown. Tell the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins you’re not all like that. Tell the media. Tell your friends in church. Go online and tell the world.”
The NALT Christians Project is the embodiment of this critically important idea. It aims to inspire Christian LGBT allies to move their support from the shadows into the public square. Through their NALT videos, Christians will put their values into action, and lead the clarion, Bible-based call for freedom and justice for all people.
NALT is co-founded by Shore, as well as Wayne Besen (who grew up in Fort Lauderdale) and Evan Hurst of Truth Wins Out, a nonprofit organization that counters religious extremism. Co-sponsors of the project include: Reconciling Ministries Network, Faith in America, The Evangelical Network, GLAD Alliance, Methodists in New Directions, Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Many Voices, and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.
If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring The NALT Christians Project, please contact John Shore, firstname.lastname@example.org.