Adrian Ballou

LGBTQ Ministries and Clara Barton Gender Justice Fellow

LGBTQ and Multicultural Ministries in Ministries and Faith Development


Adrian is a Master of Divinity student at Cherry Hill Seminary in the Department of Ministry, Advocacy, and Leadership, where they are researching transformative justice applications of community ministry. They spent nearly four years as the Youth Director at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence.

Adrian’s community ministry is centered around multiply marginalized UUs, with a focus on trans, non-binary, and disabled experiences. They co-founded groups such as Holy Queers!, the Trans Satirical Choral Band, and The Alphabet Soup Care Collective (connecting LGBTQIA+ disabled people to support networks). Adrian also collaborated with The Network/La Red's Community Conversations Series, focused on supporting LGBTQIA+ survivors.

Adrian spends their free time making art and singing, cuddling their fluffy cat, and creating fabulous new neon sparkly styles. Adrian is thrilled to be continuing their work with the UUA in this new role! They look forward to continuing collaborations with colleagues across the UUA, to furthering community building and connections, and to continued opportunities for us to learn and grow together.