Uplift: Uplifting LGBTQ+ Experience Within and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

UPLIFT: Love and Solidarity with Trans and Nonbinary People

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By Michael J. Crumpler

Love and Solidarity with Trans and Nonbinary People

At a moment when so many legislatures are debating hateful laws, Unitarian Universalism affirms what is true yesterday, today, and every day:

Trans people are divine. 
There is no such thing as other people’s children. 
We join together in fighting for a world in which all of us are free and thriving.

The Unitarian Universalist Association is grateful to partner with our friends at Foothills Unitarian Church to offer this short blessing for all our siblings being targeted by transphobia and hate, and for everyone living out our faith by organizing, advocating, and mobilizing for justice.

UUA Responds to Growing Legislative Attacks Against Trans and Nonbinary+ Kids and the LGBTQIA+ Community

These are heartbreaking times. They are also defining times. An onslaught of oppressive laws and policies are threatening the lives and well-being of our children, young people and adults, our families, and the very fabric of communities.

We are experiencing the outright political targeting of transgender and nonbinary+ children and adults, including the banning of gender affirming healthcare, bans against trans kids playing sports, and laws criminalizing drag. This policy violence and dehumanizing rhetoric creates an environment that can provoke physical violence and further discrimination. We are also witnessing efforts to criminalize reproductive healthcare, comprehensive education about race, Black history, and gender, and numerous issues of human rights that are spreading across countless states nationally. These attacks cut right to the heart of our fundamental religious belief in the inherent worth and dignity of each person, a fundamental right of conscience, and the values of personal agency that give us all the opportunity to live fully into our whole selves. [ Read More  ]

Transgender Day of Visibility is March 31st

Please SAVE THE DATE for the UUA TDOV Virtual Party for Trans Families
Friday, March 31st @ 8pm-9:30pm ET / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm ET

As legislators pass harmful laws in states all across the country and as people of faith and no-faith fight back, we want to remind transgender/nonbinary families that they are not alone.

As Unitarian Universalists we believe that every body is sacred. This will be a time of reflection, celebration, and renewal as we prepare for what is and whatever is coming our way.

Register for the UUA TDOV Virtual Party for Trans Families!

*This will be a youth/child centered, multigenerational and accessible space. 

UPLIFT Monthly Trans/Nonbinary Gathering Space

Join the UPLIFT monthly gatherings focused on trans, nonbinary, and other not (completely or at all) cis UUs. Join us to connect with other trans/nonbinary UUs and co-create support and community across our faith. All you need to bring is yourself (and other trans/nonbinary friends, if you’d like)!

These gatherings focus on getting to know each other and on sharing our collective dreams, ideas, and talents for this space. Expansive definitions of trans, nonbinary, and UU all apply. If you are interested in this space, and you aren’t cisgender, it’s a space for you.

NOTE: This space is intentionally multi-generational. It is open to and welcoming of trans/nonbinary elders as well as children, youth, and young adults. Standard UUA online safety measures apply to ensure all people under 18 are able to attend. We're glad to have you here!

Learn more and Register for UPLIFT Monthly Gatherings!

2023 The Five Practices of Welcome Monthly ZOOM Orientations

In 2019 we launched a new Welcoming Congregations renewal program called The Five Practices of Welcome Renewal. The goal of the program is to encourage congregations to practice Welcome every year, year-round.

As such, we are inviting religious leaders and congregants to join one (or more) of our Five Practices of Welcome Renewal - Monthly Orientation sessions:

  • Monday, March 27th 
  • Monday, April 10th 
  • Monday, May 15th

All sessions are at 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT

Register for Monthly Zoom Orientations.

View a previously recorded session.

Support UUA LGBTQ+ Ministries

Each of us has worth and dignity, and that worth includes our gender and our sexuality. As Unitarian Universalists we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift.

Your support helps keep our LGBTQ Justice and Public Witness work active and vibrant, as well as deepening our Welcoming Congregations program.

Consider making a donation today!

About the Author

Michael J. Crumpler

Rev. Michael J. Crumpler joined the UUA in early 2017. Shortly thereafter, he was ordained to Reverend in the United Church of Christ....


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