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LGBTQ Welcome & Equality
  • LGBTQ Arrests at Vintage Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria

    Last month, in Lagos, Nigeria, 42 young men and teenagers were arrested, detained, and arraigned in court for the allegation for being gay, which is illegal under the Nigerian constitution and for which one could face a prison term of 14 years in Prison. Some young men...
    9/29/2017
  • Divided

    I was born in Appalachian East Tennessee.  My father is from Connecticut.  My mother is also from Tennessee.   The first place I remember living was a small town in Connecticut.  When I was 8, we moved to Kentucky. I joke I am the product of a mixed...
    By Keith Kron | 9/29/2017
  • UUA Statement Condemning the Nashville Statement

    The UUA condemns the recently published Nashville Statement in the strongest terms. The Nashville Statement is not only historically and theologically flawed, but spiritually damaging and culturally oppressive to all people, namely those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/29/2017
  • Thank You, Edie!

    On June 26, 2015, I remember not fully realizing what was happening. I knew it was important…and would impact my life, but how and why we were at this moment in history on this day in history, was confusing. Had someone asked me, I would have surely credited President Obama,...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/29/2017
  • Times of Transition

    Editor's Note: Tim Byrne returned to the UUA in early September from medical leave after suffering a brutal attack in downtown New Orleans during 2017 General Assembly. Tim’s healing and recovery is emblematic of the resiliency we all seek during these turbulent times. May...
    By Tim Byrne | 9/28/2017
  • #BlackTransMagick Prayer Book: To Be Black, Trans & Magickal

    In 2017, across the U.S., we have seen a rise in unapologetic white supremacy, hate crimes and the usage of violent theologies to further cause harm against already targeted populations. As we know, faith spirituality is an important part of resiliency. In a world steeped in...
    9/25/2017
  • I Wish I Knew How to Quit You: One Bisexual Catholic’s Relationship to the Church

    Editor’s Note: Many of us love our faith tradition for what it tells us about ourselves, but just as often, our faith can wound us. This reflection comes from the Catholic spouse of a UU, who has experienced welcome in UU spaces in relation to his bisexuality, while feeling...
    By George Grattan | 9/25/2017
  • Living in Dualities

    I want to think the community I’m surrounded by is LGBTQIAN supportive, but I’ve seen otherwise. I go to a mid sized high school right outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and also attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation in  Milwaukee, two very different places, shaping me...
    By Ehlona Walker | 9/22/2017
  • Lines Can’t Save You

    Living in the conservative midwest, I’m no stranger to bigotry. I’ve been fired from jobs I’ve loved, driven from the dorms I called home, and had my life threatened just because I’m queer. Preparing to take on abuse all of the time is exhausting. It’s usually the first instinct...
    By Stanley Petkus | 9/22/2017
  • It’s Not About Me

    There’s been some news coverage of my recent call to the First Parish in Malden, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised that many of the local publications in Malden and the surrounding area have focused broadly on my call to this congregation. However, this piece that aired on on...
    By Otto O'Connor | 9/21/2017
  • The Cloaking Device

    “No one is outside the circle of love,” declares UUA president Susan Frederick-Gray. It is a call to draw the circle ever wider, to look beyond that which we know and ensure all are seen and validated. And so we sing “we are gay and straight together.” We recite “If you are...
    By Kimberley Debus | 9/21/2017
    Filed in: Social Justice
  • BSA Jamboree Unfriendly to the “Friendly Cafe”

    In July, the UUA joined the United Church of Christ (UCC) and Scouts for Equality (SFE) at the 2017 National Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Jamboree to host the Friendly Cafe exhibit at the Duty to God and Country tent. The early days of the Friendly...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/21/2017

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