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

    I never realized how truly complex gender could be until I had to try to explain it to my two-year-old. How do we know which pronouns to use for others? Why do we have all these other words like “woman” or “daddy” or “girl” when we’re all “people”?  What does it mean to...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/26/2018
  • 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. Douglas was the leader of the Nation...
    By Jason M. Lydon | 2/25/2018
  • Welcome is in Our Bones: Moving Beyond the Binary to Answer the Call of Love

    My congregation, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse, recently hosted a Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary conference.  This is the second time we have hosted this conference that focuses on transgender identity.  Last year, we had Kate Bornstein...
    By Jennifer Hamlin-Navias | 2/25/2018
  • Resistance is Not Leaving Ourselves Behind

    My generation has seen a rise in the number of openly queer-identified people, who are black. As a 17-year-old living in the “Deep South,” I often find myself in a beautiful atmosphere of openness and understanding, when conversing with my peers. We often talk about topics,...
    By Jaidyn Bryant | 2/25/2018
  • The Ghost at Church

    After I got done with my sermon, white people approached me in droves. Many with tears in their eyes, thanking me for my message. Many regaled me with stories about what they did to address racial injustice in their lives, or moments they wish they did more. I looked around the...
  • 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
  • Living Trans* Theology

    For many trans and gender non-conforming (trans*) persons, the days of our lives are often marked by anxiety, shakiness, and fear.  For many of us, it feels as if we are flailing about, overwhelmed with the tasks of transition, and forced to put on an armor of confidence in...
    By Jaelynn Pema-la Scott | 2/25/2018
  • In Wakanda and Beyond, Black Queerness Should Matter

    When I first heard that Black Panther creators decided to cut a scene that would have resulted in black queer representation in the film, I didn’t think much of it. I convinced myself that the voices of the “representation pragmatists” were right. The collective wisdom of...
    By Marchaé Grair | 2/25/2018
  • 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 community...

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