Dr. Christopher House Invited Panelist for Human Rights Campaign Foundation Kickoff Event


Contributed by Laurie Arliss

Dr. House, assistant professor of Communication Studies in H&S, will join a distinguished and diverse panel in the Washington, D.C. The panel was assembled by the Human Rights Campaign and The Carpenter Program on Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School.  The panel's theme is related to Dr. House's ongoing scholarly program:  "When Identities Collide: LGBTQ Advocates and Religious Conflict" .


Dr. House is expected to discuss a typology of religious rhetorics employed by Black church pastors and leaders in the battle against HIV/AIDS as they wrestle with new ways to address the presence and impact of the disease on the lives of sexual minorities living within the African Diaspora.  

The panel will be moderated by Rev. Paul Raushenbush, Executive Religion Editor for the Huffington Post and will also include Zainab Al-Suwaij of the American Islamic Congress; Dana Beyer of Gender Rights Maryland; Samy Gálvez of Brigham Young University; Dr. Lynne Gerber from the University of California, Berkeley; Cedric Harmon of Many Voices; and Alex McNeil of More Light Presbyterians.  The panel will take place at the Human Rights Campaign Headquarters in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.