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Gay in the Eyes of God
May 23, 2013
Weaving personal stories with interpretations of scripture, we explore how America’s major faith traditions are grappling with acceptance of the LGBT community.

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Black, Gay and Christian

Anita Sherrill knew she was a lesbian since she was a little girl. But reconciling her sexuality with her Christianity, and with her father, hasn't been easy.

Produced by John Biewen, audio director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

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Homosexuality in the Mormon Church
Like many other conservative-leaning Christian denominations, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially condemns homosexual acts. Tied into that is the central role of the family, which must include a bond between a man and a woman - and according to Mormon theology, carries on into eternity.

Philip Barlow, professor at Utah State University
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Buddhism and Sexuality: An Enlightened Discussion
For Buddhists, whether homosexuality is "right" or "wrong" isn't the question - it's more important to ask whether a behavior is "skillfull" or "unskillfull." Does it lead to a sense of well-being, and ultimately, enlightenment?

Bill Aiken, Director of Public Affairs for Soka Gakkai International-USA
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On Homosexuality and Hinduism
The term "Hinduism" refers to a multitude of traditions, so it's no surprise that Hindu attitudes towards sexuality and homosexuality are complex. We get a grand tour, from the ancient tales of gods and goddesses to the lives of recent Indian immigrants to the United States. 

Vinay Lal, Professor of History at UCLA
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Beyond the Gender Binary
Culture gives us permission - or denies us permission - to express what we find is true and real in ourselves. There is nothing natural, or inevitable, about being gay, straight, male or female - or none of the above. We explore alternative expressions of gender and spirituality, in the Hijras in India, the two-spirits in Native American communities, and the Sambia people in Papua New Guinea.

Gilbert Herdt, Professor of Human Sexuality Studies and Anthropology at San Francisco State University