Why you might notice more religious groups at Pride celebrations this year

More religious groups are expected to be present at Pride celebrations this year in support of the LGBTQ community.

Visible support: Houses of worship are setting up booths at Pride events, offering activities and creating an open environment for the LGBTQ community.
* Rabbi Jillian Cameron believes that it’s important to demonstrate that religious communities are not only composed of those who oppose LGBTQ rights.

Challenging traditional beliefs: Progressive religious leaders are challenging conservative, anti-LGBTQ views within their own communities.
* For example, Ani Zonneveld, founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values, aims to provide an alternative interpretation of Islam to be more inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ rights.

National effort: Faith for Pride, an initiative organized by the progressive Interfaith Alliance, is working to counter anti-LGBTQ legislation at state levels across the U.S.
* This initiative aims to rally religious communities to educate people about the anti-LGBTQ laws being passed in states like Florida, Texas, and Idaho.

Making LGBTQ rights a priority: Many religious organizations and leaders are incorporating LGBTQ rights into their existing human rights agendas.
* Muslims for Progressive Values is one of over 100 religious organizations sponsoring Faith for Pride.

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