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LGBTQ Welcome & Equality
  • 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
  • Congratulations to Our Newly-Called Trans Ministers

    Let us begin this 50th year of Pride with a BIG CONGRATULATORY SHOUT OUT to the five FIVE Trans Ministers for relentlessly shattering binaries and believing in Unitarian Universalism.
    By Jade Sylvan, Michael J. Crumpler | 6/11/2019
  • Faith Leaders Believe in the Equality Act

    On Tuesday, May 14th, I stood with Unitarian Universalists and people of many faiths to proclaim the truth of God's love of LGBTQ people and the hope of equality for queer people to have equal access to employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services,...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 5/16/2019
  • Tuesday, April 23rd - Advancing LGBTQ Civil Rights through the Equality Act: A Webinar

    The Equality Act (H.R. 5/S. 788) would provide consistent non-discrimination protections in federal law based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And for the first time since its original introduction in 1974, the Equality Act has a fighting chance of passing the US House...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 4/17/2019
  • Voices of the Trans Community and Other UUs Respond to a Harmful UUWorld Article

    Members of the trans community and other UUs respond to a harmful UUWorld article
    By Jade Sylvan | 3/26/2019
  • Bless those who practice love: A blessing from the LGBTQ+ community of faith and spirit

    A blessing from the LGBTQ+ community of faith and spirit approaching the United Methodist Conference Special Session on human sexuality
  • Experiences of Trans Unitarian Universalists

    TRUUsT recently released a Report on the Experiences of Trans Unitarian Universalists. This report was based on a 2018 survey that TRUUsT conducted along with the UUA’s Multicultural Ministries office. Y ...
    By Jade Sylvan | 2/12/2019
  • How to Launch an Evening Worship: A Sanctuary Boston Webinar - Jan 31 & Feb 7 @ 1:00pm

    At Sanctuary Boston, we want to help grow a Unitarian Universalism that’s as inclusive in its worship styles and format and cultures as it is in beliefs and theologies. We want to help grow a faith that invites the whole person into worship, not only our reason and intellect,...
    By Matt Meyer | 1/9/2019
  • Five Practices of Welcome Renewal - Monthly Orientations

    A new approach to Welcome Renewal has come! To learn how to begin the Five Practices of Welcome Renewal at your congregation, please attend one (or more) of our monthly orientations.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 12/18/2018
  • Queer Prayer for Winter Nights

    As we gather in the darkness and the light let us give thanks and witness to our chosen families who we have traveled a lifetime to find.
    By Jade Sylvan | 12/14/2018
  • December 1st is World AIDS Day - A Call to Recommit to Ending AIDS

    On this World AIDS Day 2018, as Unitarian Universalists, let us recommit to ending AIDS through our fight and action.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 11/30/2018
  • YES! Massachusetts says YES on 3!!!!

    While we celebrate this victory, we envision a country where no one’s right to live is put up to a public vote.
    By Jade Sylvan | 11/9/2018
  • A Prayer: We Are Holy. We Are Sacred. We Are Divine.

    We are trans. And we are holy. We are intersex. And we are sacred. We are gender-diverse. And we are divine.
    By Theresa I. Soto | 11/8/2018
  • Matthew Shepard Laid to Rest

    We offer our witness to this sacred ritual that represents the resting of Matthew’s spirit, as well as the hope of global social healing.
    By Jade Sylvan | 11/8/2018
  • Unitarian Universalism Holds that No Person’s Identity is Dictated by Laws and Legislation

    Our Unitarian Universalist faith affirms that no person’s identity is dictated by laws and legislation. In accordance with our First Principle, transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, and ALL persons possess inherent worth and dignity, which includes the right to define who we are.
    By Susan Frederick-Gray | 10/23/2018
  • UUA joins the Poor People's Campaign to address “Violence Through Policies that Abandon LGBTQ Youth to Homelessness” on Capital Hill

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hosted a hearing with the Poor People's Campaign on September 26, 2018. Rev. Michael Crumpler represented the UUA at this event, and offered his testimony along with Darin Brooks, a fast food worker involved with the Poor People's Campaign....
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 10/16/2018
  • Introducing our our new Multicultural Ministries intern, Jade Sylvan!

    It is my greatest privilege to introduce our new Multicultural Ministries intern from Harvard Divinity School, Jade Sylvan. Jade will be assisting the UUA Multicultural Ministries Office with LGBTQ and Intercultural programs. ...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 10/12/2018
  • Dare to Come Out to Ourselves on National Coming Out Day!

    I did a little research on the history of National Coming Out Day. It began in 1988 with the premise that coming out as a queer or trans person was the most basic form of activism one could do, because of the rationale that it is harder for people to hate queer or trans people...
    By Sara Green | 10/10/2018
  • On this 30th Anniversary of National Coming Out Day, Let Us “Come Out" for LGBTQ Equality and Inclusion

    On this 30th Anniversary of National Coming Out Day, let us “come out“ in support of our sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, neighbors and friends courageously living their truth by committing to act in solidarity and give generously to causes affirming our inherit worth...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 10/10/2018
  • Embrace the Grace of Being Loved: A Charge to the Minister

    Editor's Note: This charge was offered by Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, UUA Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director, for the installation of Reverend Dawn Fortune on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, NJ. We...
    By Janice Marie Johnson | 10/10/2018
  • We Believe Survivors, We Believe Christine

    The demon that rapes you has a way of making its home within you. You spend the remainder of your life laboring to exorcize this demon that is not you. Today, this demon was exorcised as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford sat before the world and uttered her truth.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/27/2018
  • Five Practices of Welcome Renewal - Monthly Orientations

    A new approach to Welcome Renewal has come! To learn how to begin the Five Practices of Welcome Renewal at your congregation, please attend one (or more) of our monthly orientations.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/23/2018
  • #WeSeeYou - Celebrating Bi Visibility Day Reflection - Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Sunday, September 23rd is Bi Visibility Day. Today and everyday, let’s let our bi family and friends know #WeSeeYou and we love you! #UPLIFTbisexuals #BiVisibilityDay #BiVisibilityWeek
    By Marie Alford-Harkey, Debra Haffner | 9/17/2018
  • 2018 USCA Faith Pre-Conference: Faith Vision 2020

    It is our fault as people of faith that the virus is what it is in the world. American religion, both liberal and conservative, is responsible for the rapid spread of AIDS in the 1980s and the 500K deaths by 1990.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/6/2018
  • Let Them Eat Cake

    As we honor our lives by celebrating PRIDE throughout the month of June, may all who chose to marry or chose not to marry continue the fight by exposing the hate that we all experience as we go about our daily lives.
  • UUA Welcoming Congregation Welcomes the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)

    On February 13th 2018, QDEP's Bobby Steggert and Ian Zdanowicz participated in a panel organized by Unitarian Universalist Association at the All Souls Church. The topic of the event was forced migration of people identifying as LGBTQ. Debrown Idrissu and Edafe Okporo gave...
    By Ian Zdanowicz | 6/12/2018
  • The NEW Philly Flag Reminds Us that #ALLPrideMatters in St. Croix and Everywhere!

    The new #ALLPrideMatters pride flag is not a divisive distraction from Pride, but a more perfect expression of Pride for are racialized context. The new #AllPrideMatters pride flag expresses a more perfect union of the Pride that we all hope to celebrate across the country and...
  • Renewed Welcome in White Plains

    On May 27, 2018, Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains had a special LGBTQ Celebration Sunday Service, commemorating our renewal as an LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation. Our Welcoming designation dated back to 2005, but since then the transgender/non-binary...
    By Anthony Arrien | 6/7/2018
  • Gay Sex is Legal in Trinidad and Tobago… and Beyond???

    Fast forward to a couple of months ago when my 80-year old godfather called to share the news that his beloved country, Trinidad and Tobago, had finally changed its legislation on Thursday, April 12, when Judge Devindra Rampersad “determined that sections of the Sexual Offences...
    By Janice Marie Johnson | 6/7/2018
  • Living Trans Pride and Faith in St. Croix

    “ When the sharpest words wanna cut me down; I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out; I am brave, I am bruised I am who I'm meant to be, this is me. ”
  • "Life-Altering Grace" (excerpt from Testimony: The Transformative Power of Unitarian Universalism)

    The power of grace to save us, to move us towards our best and truest selves, even when we don’t know what we’re looking for or what we need, is amazing and beautiful. What a blessing it is for me that Unitarian Universalism has been a part of the grace that has shaped and...
    By Manish Mishra-Marzetti | 6/4/2018
  • HIV/AIDS: Georgia Leads the Nation

    Georgia and the Southeastern United States are in crisis because of HIV/AIDS. The people living in the Southern region of the United States are at the highest risk of contracting HIV. Now that I have your attention I want to provide some statistics for the State of Georgia....
    By Derek Rounsley | 6/4/2018
  • Answering the Call

    I came out when I was 12, prompting several years of severe bullying. Soon after I turned to religion for help, only to find out that I was not welcomed, that I was not “the child of God” the church wanted me to be. I quickly learned that being a member of the church meant...
  • She is Brown, She is Beautiful, She is Invisible

    I am a privileged, cisgender woman. The world sees me as white. I often pass as heterosexual without trying. My body works in the ways most people expect bodies to work. For these, and many other reasons, I benefit from a vast, unspoken ranking system of privilege and oppression...
    By Rev. Edie Love | 6/4/2018
  • Your Magical Bangin Summer Wardrobe

    But can we talk about what everyone is wearing to Pride, General Assembly, around the house in 90 degree weather, the beach and the cookout? There are so many options to how we adorn ourselves and articulate our lifeforce. As a Gemini and summer babe, I get VERY excited about...
    By Sara Green | 5/31/2018
  • Just Don’t Get Arrested

    Not wanting my parents to find out about my newly blended Black/queer life on the 6 o’clock news; I took a deep breath and made “The Phone Call”. They asked a few questions and said that they loved me. My mother closed the conversation with “Just don’t get arrested.” I promised...
    By Elizabeth Ann Terry | 5/31/2018
  • In the Moonlight, Black Boys Look Blue

    The line “In the moonlight, black boys look blue” will likely go down as one of my favorite movie lines of all time. This line captures and reclaims the beauty and softness of queer black bodies that is so often stripped away from us. I felt visible when I watched this film......
    By Braxton Simmons | 5/31/2018
  • Happy Pride 2018: Recommitting to a Welcoming Faith

    As we celebrate Pride in 2018, I am proud of the courage and resilience of our beloved LGBTQ and Non-Binary Unitarian Universalists who are showing up in the common struggle for justice and truth. Thanks to you, we continue the vital work of building Beloved Community
    By Susan Frederick-Gray | 5/31/2018
  • Arrested for Justice!

    This reflection comes from Rev. Michael J. Crumpler, UUA's LGBTQ and Intercultural Programs Manager in Multicultural Growth and Witness. On Monday, May 14, Michael joined hundreds of people of faith and conscience for the kick off of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 5/15/2018
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
    By J Mase III | 2/25/2018
  • 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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