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Queery of Faith
August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join The Center as they host Tahil Shama and Michael W. Martinez for a conversation around Spirituality and the LGBTQ Community.
Read more about the speakers below;
Michael W Rodriguez
While studying at Cal State Northridge, Michael had stumbled upon the academic study of religion by accident but soon realized it was meant to be.While already interested in queer studies, he decided to pursue religious studies as a major, having found a field of study he was passionate about.
Michael explored the intersections between faith and sexuality and investigated the creation of the gay identity through a historical-political lens. He has now made it his mission to ease the tension between the religious community and the LGBT one by promoting historical contexts and intercommunal cooperation, dispelling misinformation and stereotypes and advocating for a “queer person of faith” identity.
Tahil Sharma is a nationally recognized leader promoting religious/secular pluralism and social justice. He worked as the Hope Not Hate Campaign and Culturama Coordinator for AMP Global Youth, a project of Americans for Informed Democracy to promote interfaith cooperation and an intercultural, virtual exchange between students in the United States and the Middle East. He currently serves as a UN DPI-NGO Youth Representative for the Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Interfaith Liaison for Sadhana: the Coalition for Progressive Hindus. Tahil also serves as a Religious Director from the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California and is a Germanacos Fellow with the Interfaith Youth Core, working on local initiatives to promote inter-religious dialogue and community engagement and service. He also serves as an Interfaith Liaison for Sadhana: The Coaition of Progressive Hindus and the Vice Chair for the Committee on Human Relations for the city of Claremont.