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52 Ways #8: Welcome and Support LGBTQ Seniors

by CLGSAdminy1

Seniors are important members of our faith communities, attending services, volunteering, contributing to committees and much more. There are also many ways our congregations support older adults in need—visiting those who are shut-in or in nursing homes, offering social gatherings and support groups, providing meals and more. The Diverse Elders Coalition notes that there are […]

52 Ways #7: Celebrate International Pronouns Day

by Bernard Schlager

“Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.” (pronounsday.org) International Pronouns Day (IPD) is celebrated every year on the third Wednesday in October […]

CLGS Celebrates National Coming Out Day 2020!

by Bernard Schlager

11 October 2020 Happy National Coming Out Day! 32 years ago, the first National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was celebrated as a way to emphasize the importance of living as an “out” lesbian or gay person.  Today, NCOD is an international observance that has expanded to celebrate the many ways in which people choose to […]

52 Ways #6: Share Your Space (Including Virtual Space!)

by CLGSAdminy1

Many communities of faith have the blessing of having their own spaces for worship, education, and other programs. Sometimes that gift goes underutilized and is empty for parts of the day or week. One way to expand your welcome and put those rooms to good use is to make them available for LGBTQ groups at […]

52 Ways #5: Build Coalitions

by CLGSAdminy1

Build coalitions with other communities of faith who are engaged in similar work and are LGBTQ inclusive. Working together in coalition can strengthen our work and remind us that we are part of a larger community. We can accomplish more together than we can as individuals. Find out which other congregations in your area are […]

52 Ways #4: Fully Incorporate LGBTQ People in Your Preaching and Teaching

by CLGSAdminy1

If LGBTQ people are to truly be able to apply the messages that are preached and taught in our communities of faith, we, like all people, need to hear words that are relevant to our lives. That means using examples and concepts that include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. This is vital […]

52 Ways #3: Learn More about LGBTQ People in your Area

by CLGSAdminy1

Take some time and learn more about LGBTQ people, especially those in your local area. It is important to understand the joys and challenges that the community experiences beyond the stereotypes. Recognize that there are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in every racial and cultural group. Do some investigation. Find a local […]

CLGS Launches Queer Online Book Club

by Bernard Schlager

CLGS is proud to announce the launch of The CLGS Online Queer Book Club in October 2020! The first book that we will discuss (in October 2020) is How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones. As described by New Yorker reviewer Katy Waldman, “How We Fight for Our Lives is a new memoir by Saeed Jones, an award-winning poet and a former […]

52 Ways #2: Be Visible!

by CLGSAdminy1

So you’re ready to welcome LGBTQ+ people at your place of worship. Fantastic! Now its time to let everyone know. One of the most important things you can do is to make your welcome clearly visible.  Take a look outside and inside the places that you meet. Imagine you are a person who has never […]