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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. 

  • Gender Justice Conversations v. 2.0

    Over the next two months, I would like to schedule several one-on-one conversations with UUs from across the United States, Canada, and beyond. If you would be interested in scheduling a time to talk with me, please email me at jsylvan [at] uua [dot] org .
    By Jade Sylvan | 2/10/2020
  • International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers

    Last week, I visited the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York City to view On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work. This exhibit lifts up the deep interconnectedness between queer sex work, queer sex workers, and activism. If you are able, I highly recommend seeing it...
    By Jade Sylvan | 12/16/2019
  • Readings for National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day - #NBHAAD

    Two groundbreaking works related to HIV and AIDS in 2019: OnCurating Issue 42 and Spiritual Care in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 12/2/2019
  • December 1st is World AIDS Day

    The 2019 World AIDS Day theme is, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community, reflecting on the lessons learned about the importance of strong partnerships with communities and of delivering person-centered, stigma-free HIV prevention, treatment, and care services that...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 12/2/2019
  • Because None of Us Are Free Until We #FreeTazz

    Last week, I stood in front of the ICE offices in Hartford for several hours -- ironically directly across the street from the lesbian law firm that my partner and I paid a lot of money to protect our queer family from the Trump administration (they helped us with the second...
    By Cathy Rion Starr | 10/30/2019
  • Side With Love Against Hate

    Side With Love Against Hate: A Post-Straight Pride Reflection “Let’s continue to turn our backs on hatred, using our voices to continue spreading the message of love.” - Mayor Marty Walsh
    By Art Nava | 10/30/2019
  • Remixing Gender Justice and the Clara Barton Internship

    Over the next several months, I will be reaching out to Unitarian Universalists of many identities to discuss their experiences, impressions, and dreams of gender justice within Unitarian Universalism. Together I believe we can uncover a more inclusive gender justice. ...
    By Jade Sylvan | 10/28/2019
  • A Blessing for Intersex Awareness Day

    This date marks the anniversary of a public demonstration by intersex people and their allies at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1996, at which they condemned nonconsensual surgeries on intersex people.
    By Jade Sylvan | 10/22/2019
  • National Coming Out Day 2019

    We celebrate those who come out! At the same time, we recognize that "coming out" is not everyone's journey. You do not need to do anything to "become" LGBTQ+. You do not need to "come out" to be yourself. You are sacred, whole, and beautiful just as you are, right now.
    By Jade Sylvan | 10/8/2019
  • #OurDayInCourt - What You Need to Know!

    ​On October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether to take away existing employment protections for LGBTQ+ Americans. We need you to show up in your community for #OurDayInCourt!
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/30/2019
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day!

    September 23rd is Celebrate Bisexuality Day! Celebrate the bisexuality in your life. ...
    By Jade Sylvan | 9/17/2019
  • #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


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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