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Uplift Blog
Uplift Blog
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. 

  • A Ceremony for Proclaiming and Affirming Name and Pronouns by Shige Sakurai

    A Ceremony for Proclaiming and Affirming Name and Pronouns By Shige Sakurai (they/them). This beautiful ceremony is for trans and nonbinary folks, and could also be used by anyone who is changing their name.
    By Shige Sakurai (they/them), Jade Sylvan | 6/29/2020
  • SCOTUS Title VII - LGBTQ employment

    As Unitarian Universalists, ending discrimination against LGBTQ+ people at work and everywhere is the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 6/15/2020
  • Caring for Our Mental Health in the Pandemic

    Isolation can be a playground for depression and other mental health conditions, and the LGBTQ community is already at higher risk.
    By Jade Sylvan | 4/21/2020
  • Time to Mourn

    To expect resilience from profound loss before or without grief is cruel.
    By Jade Sylvan | 3/31/2020
  • UPLIFT from a Distance Vol. 2: Michelle Jean Paquette

    For the greater San Francisco Bay Area, this is Day 4 of the Shelter in Place order. For my partner and I, this is Day 10, as we got a bit of a head start.
    By Jade Sylvan | 3/23/2020
  • Uplifting from a Distance - Reflection #1: Jade Sylvan

    Like so many others, for me this past week felt in different turns like a nightmare, a cruel practical joke, and a bad movie. At the beginning of last week, I was gearing up for the first staged readings of my thesis project for Harvard Divinity School -- a full-length,...
    By Jade Sylvan | 3/18/2020
  • 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

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About the Author

  • Rev. Michael J. Crumpler is LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director at the UUA. Michael lives in Harlem and is very active in social justice ministry at the historic Judson Memorial Church of New York City and the surrounding queer community.

For more information contact lgbtq@uua.org.

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