• Confronting Religious Arguments

    Get our special report on guidelines for addressing religious arguments. This document can serve as a tool that you can use in your community to create dialogue about the immense harm caused to LGBT individuals, especially youth. Download the report here.

    Watch examples of this messaging at work at a recent community forum.

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams – Sitting Pretty CBS News Sunday Morning

Dear supporter,

Sunday Morning CBS aired a segment on Sunday which we believe you really will enjoy. It is great segment about Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, their company and a portion about this organization which they founded in 2005. If you would like to share the segment with others, here is a link: http://www.faithinamerica.org/mitchell-gold-bob-williams-sitting-pretty-cbs-news-sunday-morning/

Some of you may also know that Mitchell’s father, Jack Gold. passed away last week on Wednesday, Feb. 29, just days before the Sunday Morning segment aired. And as many of you also know, Mitchell’s mother passed away last year. Mitchell often speaks about how fortunate he was to have such loving and supportive parents and how he was spared from the rejection and condemnation that so many LGBT youth must endure – so often at the hands of religion-based bigotry.

Mitchell recently shared these thoughts about his father.

Rhoda and Jack Gold

“When I was in my twenties and scared as could be to come out to my family and friends, this is what he said to me when I finally….FINALLY….at 26 came out to him: ‘All I care about is that you’re happy and healthy. I love you.’ Even today as I write that I get a chill. I remember the enormous sense of relief…the comfort of support from one of the most important people in my life. It means the world to a child to get this kind of support. It’s why I preach to parents that every word counts. He was always there for me….loved my business, friends and mates…..my biggest cheerleader.”
Mitchell Gold, Thursday, March 1, 2012

He asked that memorial gifts in honor of his father be made to Faith in America to assist in furthering a mission for which he is so dedicated and passionate – eliminating that stamp of religious and moral disapproval that so many young LGBT teens must endure. And unfortunately, we know many can’t. You can make a memorial gift here to the Jack and Rhoda Gold Fund for any amount and there is also a comment segment at the bottom of the form if you care to share any words of condolences or simply thank Mitchell for the work he began with this organization.

As always, I want to thank you for your support of our efforts to effectively confront religion-based bigotry – as the No. 1 obstacle to society’s understanding that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals must no longer be a target of its oppression.

Warm regards,
Brent Childers