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LGBTQ Welcome & Equality
  • Congratulations - Welcoming Congregations of 2017

    The word “Welcome” comes from the Old English and means “one whose coming is pleasant.” I love that we begin with a welcome because as Unitarian Universalists, “welcome” connects us to our 7 principles. In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full...
    6/30/2017
    Filed in: Social Justice, UUA
  • Welcome Without Limits: A Welcoming Congregation Profile of the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    Midcoast Maine is not always a safe or easy place for LGBTQ people to live openly. A segment of the population remains homophobic and transphobic, and LGBTQ Mainers face harassment and discrimination. There are no LGBTQ bars or community gathering places. As a Welcoming...
    6/30/2017
  • "Gay Purge" In Chechnya

    These abuses are all part of a campaign against gay men in Chechnya. In this extremely conservative state, homosexuality considered a sin and a “stain on the family honor”. When the leader of Chechnya was asked to speak on behalf of these terrifying reports, he denied that gay...
    By Hanna Skinner | 6/30/2017
  • Learning to TRUUsT

    Although I came out as trans with a plan in place, I had underestimated the losses that accompanied the truth of my identity. Being genuine seemed to make me less welcome than I’d ever been before. I won’t say that TRUUsT saved me; that seems over dramatic. I will say that...
    By Anya Drew Johnston | 6/30/2017
  • Praise the Lorde!

    As a queer woman of color, I experience the diminishment of my own humanity when people try to convince me that focusing on racism somehow ignores sexism, heterosexism, and all the other “isms” that work to make us small. Instead I understand white supremacy to cast a wide range...
    By Sofia Betancourt | 6/12/2017
  • Remembering Pulse: We Go On!

    We honored the murdered, and continue to do so. We wept, and continue to do so. But the hate crime that was the Pulse shooting, committed against the LGBTQ community on Latin night, was not the end of it all. We go on.
    By Cody Blattner | 6/12/2017
  • PRESS RELEASE: Largest-Ever Gathering of Trans UU Religious Professionals

    One attendee reflected: “It's not often that people in leadership in our faith have the space to be ministered to. I was offered this space and the opportunity to be ministered to FULLY. All of my being was validated and appreciated.”
    By Alex Kapitan | 6/6/2017

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