In Claiming our Faith: Why We Need Religious Voices in the Struggle for LGBT Equality, Sharon Groves will tell you why when you scratch the surface of any argument used against the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, you will find a religious claim used in support of it. Dr. Sharon Groves, Director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, will discuss how progressive religious voices are reshaping the prevailing religious discourse around LGBT equality. People of faith speaking out for LGBT equality are not only the most effective voices countering the religious right but they help all of us align our civil rights with our highest moral values. Sharon will address the role of religion in the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the recent victory for marriage equality in New York state, and much more. In addition she will provide an overview of the state of LGBT equality at this historical juncture.