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LGBTQ Welcome & Equality

UPLIFT blog is for “Uplifting LGBTQ+ experience within and beyond Unitarian Universalism.” UPLIFT is a platform for the UUA to highlight LGBTQ+ issues and concerns by featuring related programming, reflections, and content circulated in our quarterly email newsletter. 

  • #CloseTheCamps NOW

    Nationwide #CloseTheCamps Protest Tuesday, July 2 - Children denied soap and toothbrushes, crowded into unsafe conditions. Separated from their families, subject to cruel treatment that leads to lasting traumas. And some dying in custody—or dying with parents as they cross the...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 7/2/2019
  • Call for Video Selfies: Unitarian Universalist Reflections on Stonewall 50th

    Unitarian Universalist Pride has been about being "called in" to recommit to our sixth Unitarian Universalist principle of peace, liberty, and justice for all.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 6/14/2019
  • Remembering Pulse Nightclub - Heroes Among the Fallen

    Today we remember those killed at Pulse Nightclub. Today we remember those killed for their queerness. Today we remember those killed for their brownness. Heroes among the fallen.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 6/12/2019
  • Congratulations to Our Newly-Called Trans Ministers

    Let us begin this 50th year of Pride with a BIG CONGRATULATORY SHOUT OUT to the five FIVE Trans Ministers for relentlessly shattering binaries and believing in Unitarian Universalism.
    By Jade Sylvan, Michael J. Crumpler | 6/11/2019
  • Faith Leaders Believe in the Equality Act

    On Tuesday, May 14th, I stood with Unitarian Universalists and people of many faiths to proclaim the truth of God's love of LGBTQ people and the hope of equality for queer people to have equal access to employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services,...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 5/16/2019
  • Tuesday, April 23rd - Advancing LGBTQ Civil Rights through the Equality Act: A Webinar

    The Equality Act (H.R. 5/S. 788) would provide consistent non-discrimination protections in federal law based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And for the first time since its original introduction in 1974, the Equality Act has a fighting chance of passing the US House...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 4/17/2019
  • Voices of the Trans Community and Other UUs Respond to a Harmful UUWorld Article

    Members of the trans community and other UUs respond to a harmful UUWorld article
    By Jade Sylvan | 3/26/2019
  • Bless those who practice love: A blessing from the LGBTQ+ community of faith and spirit

    A blessing from the LGBTQ+ community of faith and spirit approaching the United Methodist Conference Special Session on human sexuality
  • Experiences of Trans Unitarian Universalists

    TRUUsT recently released a Report on the Experiences of Trans Unitarian Universalists. This report was based on a 2018 survey that TRUUsT conducted along with the UUA’s Multicultural Ministries office. Y ...
    By Jade Sylvan | 2/12/2019
  • How to Launch an Evening Worship: A Sanctuary Boston Webinar - Jan 31 & Feb 7 @ 1:00pm

    At Sanctuary Boston, we want to help grow a Unitarian Universalism that’s as inclusive in its worship styles and format and cultures as it is in beliefs and theologies. We want to help grow a faith that invites the whole person into worship, not only our reason and intellect,...
    By Matt Meyer | 1/9/2019
  • Five Practices of Welcome Renewal - Monthly Orientations

    A new approach to Welcome Renewal has come! To learn how to begin the Five Practices of Welcome Renewal at your congregation, please attend one (or more) of our monthly orientations.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 12/18/2018
  • Queer Prayer for Winter Nights

    As we gather in the darkness and the light let us give thanks and witness to our chosen families who we have traveled a lifetime to find.
    By Jade Sylvan | 12/14/2018
  • December 1st is World AIDS Day - A Call to Recommit to Ending AIDS

    On this World AIDS Day 2018, as Unitarian Universalists, let us recommit to ending AIDS through our fight and action.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 11/30/2018
  • YES! Massachusetts says YES on 3!!!!

    While we celebrate this victory, we envision a country where no one’s right to live is put up to a public vote.
    By Jade Sylvan | 11/9/2018
  • A Prayer: We Are Holy. We Are Sacred. We Are Divine.

    We are trans. And we are holy. We are intersex. And we are sacred. We are gender-diverse. And we are divine.
    By Theresa I. Soto | 11/8/2018
  • Matthew Shepard Laid to Rest

    We offer our witness to this sacred ritual that represents the resting of Matthew’s spirit, as well as the hope of global social healing.
    By Jade Sylvan | 11/8/2018
  • Unitarian Universalism Holds that No Person’s Identity is Dictated by Laws and Legislation

    Our Unitarian Universalist faith affirms that no person’s identity is dictated by laws and legislation. In accordance with our First Principle, transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and ALL persons possess inherent worth and dignity, which includes the right to define who we are.
    By Susan Frederick-Gray | 10/23/2018
  • UUA joins the Poor People's Campaign to address “Violence Through Policies that Abandon LGBTQ Youth to Homelessness” on Capital Hill

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hosted a hearing with the Poor People's Campaign on September 26, 2018. Rev. Michael Crumpler represented the UUA at this event, and offered his testimony along with Darin Brooks, a fast food worker involved with the Poor People's Campaign....
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 10/16/2018
  • Introducing our our new Multicultural Ministries intern, Jade Sylvan!

    It is my greatest privilege to introduce our new Multicultural Ministries intern from Harvard Divinity School, Jade Sylvan. Jade will be assisting the UUA Multicultural Ministries Office with LGBTQ and Intercultural programs. ...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 10/12/2018
  • Dare to Come Out to Ourselves on National Coming Out Day!

    I did a little research on the history of National Coming Out Day. It began in 1988 with the premise that coming out as a queer or trans person was the most basic form of activism one could do, because of the rationale that it is harder for people to hate queer or trans people...
    By Sara Green | 10/10/2018


About the Author

  • Rev. Michael J. Crumpler began as LGBTQ and Intercultural Programs Manager at the UUA in early 2017. Shortly thereafter, he was ordained to Reverend in the United Church of Christ. Michael lives in Harlem and is very active in social justice ministry at the historic Judson Memorial Church of New...

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