Uplift Blog Archive
Uplift Blog Archive
LGBTQ Welcome & Equality
  • A Ceremony for Proclaiming and Affirming Name and Pronouns by Shige Sakurai

    A Ceremony for Proclaiming and Affirming Name and Pronouns By Shige Sakurai (they/them). This beautiful ceremony is for trans and nonbinary folks, and could also be used by anyone who is changing their name.
    By Shige Sakurai (they/them), Jade Sylvan | 6/29/2020
  • SCOTUS Title VII - LGBTQ employment

    As Unitarian Universalists, ending discrimination against LGBTQ+ people at work and everywhere is the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 6/15/2020
  • Caring for Our Mental Health in the Pandemic

    Isolation can be a playground for depression and other mental health conditions, and the LGBTQ community is already at higher risk.
    By Jade Sylvan | 4/21/2020
  • Time to Mourn

    To expect resilience from profound loss before or without grief is cruel.
    By Jade Sylvan | 3/31/2020
  • UPLIFT from a Distance Vol. 2: Michelle Jean Paquette

    For the greater San Francisco Bay Area, this is Day 4 of the Shelter in Place order. For my partner and I, this is Day 10, as we got a bit of a head start.
    By Jade Sylvan | 3/23/2020
  • Uplifting from a Distance - Reflection #1: Jade Sylvan

    Like so many others, for me this past week felt in different turns like a nightmare, a cruel practical joke, and a bad movie. At the beginning of last week, I was gearing up for the first staged readings of my thesis project for Harvard Divinity School -- a full-length,...
    By Jade Sylvan | 3/18/2020
  • Gender Justice Conversations v. 2.0

    Over the next two months, I would like to schedule several one-on-one conversations with UUs from across the United States, Canada, and beyond. If you would be interested in scheduling a time to talk with me, please email me at jsylvan [at] uua [dot] org .
    By Jade Sylvan | 2/10/2020
  • International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers

    Last week, I visited the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York City to view On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work. This exhibit lifts up the deep interconnectedness between queer sex work, queer sex workers, and activism. If you are able, I highly recommend seeing it...
    By Jade Sylvan | 12/16/2019
  • Readings for National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day - #NBHAAD

    Two groundbreaking works related to HIV and AIDS in 2019: OnCurating Issue 42 and Spiritual Care in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter.
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 12/2/2019
  • December 1st is World AIDS Day

    The 2019 World AIDS Day theme is, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community, reflecting on the lessons learned about the importance of strong partnerships with communities and of delivering person-centered, stigma-free HIV prevention, treatment, and care services that...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 12/2/2019
  • Because None of Us Are Free Until We #FreeTazz

    Last week, I stood in front of the ICE offices in Hartford for several hours -- ironically directly across the street from the lesbian law firm that my partner and I paid a lot of money to protect our queer family from the Trump administration (they helped us with the second...
    By Cathy Rion Starr | 10/30/2019
  • Side With Love Against Hate

    Side With Love Against Hate: A Post-Straight Pride Reflection “Let’s continue to turn our backs on hatred, using our voices to continue spreading the message of love.” - Mayor Marty Walsh
    By Art Nava | 10/30/2019
  • Remixing Gender Justice and the Clara Barton Internship

    Over the next several months, I will be reaching out to Unitarian Universalists of many identities to discuss their experiences, impressions, and dreams of gender justice within Unitarian Universalism. Together I believe we can uncover a more inclusive gender justice. ...
    By Jade Sylvan | 10/28/2019
  • A Blessing for Intersex Awareness Day

    This date marks the anniversary of a public demonstration by intersex people and their allies at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1996, at which they condemned nonconsensual surgeries on intersex people.
    By Jade Sylvan | 10/22/2019
  • 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
  • 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


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