Tuesday at Equality Forum

Religion and transgender issues are discussed

LGBT issues collide with faith during Equality Forum‘s National Religious Colloquy today (7-8:15 p.m.). Bishop Mary Glasspool of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles stops by CBS Auditorium at Hamilton Hall (320 Broad St.) for a conversation with The Reverend Timothy Safford, the 19th Rector of Christ Church in Philadelphia.

Malcolm Lazin, founder and executive director of Equality Forum, says that Glasspool is the second-highest ranking bishop in the diocese. She’s also the first lesbian bishop in the Episcopal Church. Lazin says she will discuss her experience being openly gay – a topic that has courted controversy in recent years as more parishioners have become divided on whether openly LGBT clergy should serve.

Philadelphians may already know Safford from his work with the city’s homeless, as well as people living with HIV and AIDS and the gay and lesbian community. He’s been working closely with several gay-friendly organizations from his longtime parish in Old City.

Following the religious discussion at Hamilton Hall is the National Transgender Panel (8:30-9:45 p.m.), which Lazin says will explore “civil rights issues relevant to transgender and transsexual individuals, such as health care, political participation, immigration rights and employment law.”

Heath Fogg Davis, a professor at Temple University and a member of Philadelphia’s Trans-Health Conference, moderates a panel of transgender spokespeople and activists from Philly and around the country.

Joining the discussion are Qui Alexander, a black and Latino trans man and the community health educator at Mazzoni Center; Gabriel Arkles, an attorney for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project where he provided legal service for low-income and trans people of color; Donna Rose, executive director of the LGBT Community Center of Central PA and an outspoken activist for transgender rights; and photographer Lorenzo Triburgo, whose art is featured in an exhibition during Equality Forum at the University of the Arts.

Check back each day for details about panels and parties during Equality Forum 2011 through May 1.