Rev. Michael J. Crumpler, LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director at the UUA
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Hi. I’m the Rev. Michael J. Crumpler...the LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Thank you for watching this #UUtheVote for LGBTQ+ Equality webinar video.
These have been difficult years for all of us, and especially for the queer and trans community. After achieving marriage equality, beating back the AIDS epidemic, and disrupting generations of the deeply ingrained binary conception of gender we face the potential of a drastic reversal of epic proportions that calls nearly every aspect of our lives into question.
What is at issue goes from serving in the military, to being served at the bakery. From medical treatment in the hospital, to fair treatment at work, at school, or in the public square. Even as this government ignores murdered black trans women, this government promotes policies to disenfranchise the poor, criminalize survival economies, and stigmatize the identities of people who dare to live and move in their own truth.
But we will not be denied, and in this video you will hear from folks who have been fighting for equality for decades, blazing the trail to equity by baring their truth in their congregation, in congressional hearings, in our nation’s highest courts, and in the streets with their voices raised and their fists held high.
In this video conversation:
- Rev Rob Keithan gives us a brief history of the Equality Act legislation;
- Sunu Chandy shares what it was like testifying before Congress for the Equality Act...and tells her experience as a person of color, lesbian mother, and civil rights attorney;
- Rev Gwendolyn Howard reveals what it was like being a member of the first generation of trans Unitarian Universalist ministers, and the hostility she faced in a faith that prides itself as welcoming;
- J Mase details his experience working to create a spiritual canon that speaks thru and to the black trans community and the challenges they face just trying to survive;
- Randy Block contributes his experience as a straight UU, organizing congregations to be in relationship with local non-UUs to advance the cause of equality; and
- Brian Silva tells us about his post-marriage equality work organizing faith communities so queer and trans folx who get married on Sunday can’t get fired on Monday.
Finally, you will see all of them, together with my UUA colleagues Susan Leslie and Jade Sylvan, in a generative conversation about all that is at stake in the upcoming elections and why it is so important for all of us to UUtheVote now!
This video reminds us that so much is at stake for the LGBTQ community in 2020 and beyond...
- As conservative legislators propose bill after bill in state after state to disenfranchise our community.
- As the Supreme Court dliberates to decide whether it will be legal to fire employees for nothing other than being queer and trans.
- As we endure a Congress that will not pass the equality act unless we all join together as a Unitarian Universalists, people of faith, and people of conviction to #UUtheVote in 2020.
We invite you to join us to defeat the hate exacted against the LGBTQ community, immigrants, people of color, women, and the poor.
Let us mobilize together to #UUtheVote in 2020, on the side of love, and the mission to renew our government in our image.