Rev. Nicole M. Garcia, M.A. LPC, (she/her) serves as the Faith Work Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Our Faith Work prioritizes lifting the voices of diverse faith leaders and people of faith from multiple religious and spiritual perspectives as well those with secular views who support LGBTQ equity and democracy. Nicole emphasizes the amplification of the voices of Black and Brown people and LGBTQ people, partnering with faith-based and nonprofit organizations that carry out faith-based work to achieve impact.
 I remember speaking at the microphone in a convention center in downtown Minneapolis on August 18, 2009. More than 1,200 people sat in the ballroom as the ELCA Churchwide Assembly debated the Human Sexuality Social Statement. I felt nervous as I told my story of finding myself in Scripture. As a person of color […]