Rev. Dr. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas is the senior pastor at the Cathedral of Hope, one of the largest churches in the world focused primarily on outreach to LGBTQ people. Cazares-Thomas has devoted much of his life to social justice, including helping people experiencing homelessness and creating safer environments for LGBTQ young people.
“As people of faith, we have a responsibility to live by the values of Jesus and to affirm equality and justice for all,” he said in response to anti-LGBTQ legislation in Texas. “We must recognize our commitment to support and celebrate the powerful spiritual gifts of everyone, including LGBT people. Religious freedom means the freedom to practice our faith, not to hurt others or impose our beliefs on them.”