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  • Affirming the Promise: Full Dignity of Queer & Non-Binary Folx in Unitarian Universalism

    But more than any program or initiative, it is the lived experience of queer and non-binary folx in our congregations that is the real measure of inclusivity. Here’s where the intersectionality of race, gender, age and sexuality play out, because the younger generations in our...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/26/2018
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  • Not Just White, but Black and Pink: Exploring the Intersections of Queerness, Blackness, and Mass Incarceration

    In late spring of 2003, nearly 15 years ago now, I was classified to a bunk at Ft. Devens prison with a man named Douglas. We later learned that we were intentionally bunked together with the hope that we would have conflict with each other.
    By Jason M. Lydon | 2/25/2018
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  • Welcome is in Our Bones: Moving Beyond the Binary to Answer the Call of Love

    You might wonder why a little church in upstate NY is doing this. There are many reasons, but the most pertinent one is that we are a congregation of deep welcome. We know and practice it. We are certified as a “Welcoming Congregation,” and we know that if that means anything...
    By Jennifer Hamlin-Navias | 2/25/2018
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  • Resistance is Not Leaving Ourselves Behind

    I see many similarities between “passing” and being “in the closet.” Ironically, while many black people view passing as betrayal, they fail to see the similarities between being black and being queer. By dimensioning queerness as a choice that can be acted on or avoided, they...
    By Jaidyn Bryant | 2/25/2018
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  • The Ghost at Church

    There is a spiritual loneliness when looking for your people in the eyes of a congregation that is well read, but not well practiced in the art of addressing racial and trans justice. As a Black trans person whose history has been stolen, erased, and gaslit I had to take...
    2/25/2018
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  • This Is US: Moving Beyond Divisiveness into Diversity

    As a 6’5” African-American humanist, atheist, Unitarian male, I have spent much of my life defying stereotypes. This boldness came out of a lot of privilege in that I was raised by a liberal grandmother with whom I traveled to many countries in order to expose me to many...
    By Zachary Bosco | 2/25/2018
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  • Living Trans* Theology

    Trans* persons navigate loss, change, and transitions with grace and beauty. Trans* persons of color do it with fierceness, passion, and soul. Our theology teaches us to persist in spite of one's pain, to love those who hate us, and to continue fighting though we are exhausted.
    By Jaelynn Pema-la Scott | 2/25/2018
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  • In Wakanda and Beyond, Black Queerness Should Matter

    I almost believed that the presence of queer, Black folks in movies like Moonlight meant that a call for representation in Black Panther was excessive—how could queer folks be selfish enough to want to be represented in movies that aren’t particularly about wrestling with gender...
    By Marchaé Grair | 2/25/2018
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  • Addressing Stigma on National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day

    February 7, 2018 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day . #NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. The four key focus areas encourage people to get educated about HIV/AIDS, get involved in...
    2/7/2018
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