Adrian Ballou

LGBTQ and Gender Justice Programs Coordinator

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.

From Adrian Ballou

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It can be a frightening time to be trans, and to love trans folks. There can be a giant sense of fear and overwhelm, which can make us feel like shutting down. We want to offer more ways to navigate these times.

By Adrian Ballou, Mylo Way | July 2, 2024 | From Uplift
Tagged as: LGBTQ Welcome & Equality

The barrage of anti-trans legislation that has been levied against the trans/non-binary community along with a culture of hate that is harming our children is directly responsible for these senseless killings and the dangers the transgender community faces on a daily basis.

By Michael J. Crumpler, Adrian Ballou | November 21, 2022 | From Uplift
Tagged as: LGBTQ Welcome & Equality

The increased attention to anti-trans legislation here in spring 2022 highlights this in many ways. Writer Lilah Sturges tweeted earlier this week, “Transgender Day of Visibility seems super unnecessary this year–they’re making laws against us all over the damn country."

By Adrian Ballou | March 31, 2022 | From Uplift
Tagged as: LGBTQ Welcome & Equality

As Unitarian Universalists, we celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We affirm the diversity of gender and work to create communities where people of all/no genders are free to be themselves.

Utility | By Adrian Ballou, Lifespan Faith Engagement | September 27, 2018
Tagged as: High School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Faith Development

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