Beyond Bashing: A Faith Response to End Anti-LGBT Violence

January 24, 2013

On Saturday, February 9, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLGS) in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion is partnering with the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice to sponsor a workshop designed to give people of faith practical tools and spiritual inspiration to take action against violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Both groups are working to end violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Speakers include Melinda Haag, United States Attorney for the California Northern District, U.S. Department of Justice; the Rev. Lynice Pinkard; the Rev. Kamal Hassan; and other members of law enforcement and faith communities.

Hate crimes based on sexual orientation account for 20% of all hate crimes reported to the FBI in recent years and violence against the transgender community continues at an appalling rate as well.

Registration cost $10 and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available from Pacific School of Religion for clergy, therapists, and others at no additional charge. 
The event is open to clergy, laity, and people of all faiths. CLGS is also seeking small group facilitators for the program who will participate in a training led by the Department of Justice on Friday, February 1. E-mail if you are interested in applying to be a facilitator.

For more information about the weekend's events, please contact CLGS at or call 510-849-8206. For a full schedule, log on to