Winter Party Festival in partnership with SAVE Dade’s InterFaithOUT Committee, PFLAG the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, will present “Leap of Faith,” an evening of choral music and interfaith discourse on Friday, March 5, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel Avenue & Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach.

Highlighting the event will be a lecture by Marc Adams. He has authored eight books including his award-winning autobiography, The Preacher’s Son, The Do’s & Don’ts of Dealing with the Religious Right, and five collections of poetry.

Adams was reared in a fundamentalist Baptist home, and became aware that he was gay by the age of seven. After weaving his way through religious schools, including Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, and reparative therapy techniques, he started his journey to self-acceptance at age 23.

He is also the founder and executive director of HeartStrong, Inc., an educational nonprofit whose sole mission is to provide outreach and support to GLBT students “terrorized” at religious educational institutions.

“With the increase in anti-LGBT bullying and persecution in religious educational institutions worldwide, I am excited to include Miami in our stops on this, outreach & education trip,” stated Adams. “I will be sharing not just my own journey but the stories of students from religious schools who have survived persecution and found their way to a path to a life of self acceptance, hope and peace.”

“Leap of Faith” is the first event to be hosted by SAVE Dade’s new InterFaithOUT committee. The event is free and part of the Winter Party Festival lineup.