LGBTQ Activism

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Why National Coming Out Day Matters

by Bernard Schlager

Under the guise of “parental rights” students are being shamed into silence and teachers are being censored. LGBTQ youth in Florida, and many others states, are subjected to fearmongering tactics to prevent them from speaking honestly about their own lived experiences. In addition to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, the Department of Education in […]

Our 2022-2023 Lavender Lunch Series!

by Bernard Schlager

The CLGS 2022-2023 ONLINE Lavender Lunch Series Tuesday, 13 September 2022 | 12:15pm (Pacific Time) | ONLINE Decolonizing Spiritual/Faith-Based Exploration and Formation Maij Mai In this online CLGS Lavender Lunch Maij Mai, Coordinator of the CLGS Asian American/Pacific Islander Roundtable, explores what possibilities can exist when cultivating spiritual/faith-based exploration and formation spaces, particularly for marginalized communities […]

Professor Julia Watts Belser: Queer Bodies: Colliding, Expanding, Flourishing | The 13th Annual | 2022 CLGS Georgia Lecture

by Bernard Schlager
Julia Watts Belser, a white Jewish woman with curly brown hair, sits happily in her wheelchair in front of a pink flowering bush. She's wearing a patterned red blazer and red kippah (beret) to match.

Click here to register for this ONLINE Lecture and follow-up discussion which will be offered via Zoom! Queer Crip Revelation: Disability Dance, Jewish Text, and the Sacred Potency of Difference with Professor Julia Watts Belser The 13th Annual CLGS Georgia Harkness Lecture Thursday, 20 October 2022, at 2:30pm (Pacific Time)   (Online) Join the Center […]

CLGS Announces Publication of Liberating Gender for Jews and Allies: The Wisdom of Transkeit

by Bernard Schlager

CLGS is proud to announce the publication of Liberating Gender for Jews and Allies: The Wisdom of Transkeit, co-edited by Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman, Coordinator of the CLGS Jewish Roundtable, and Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, Coordinator of the CLGS Transgender Roundtable. This extraordinary collection of essays by trans Jews and allies explores cutting-edge ideas about gender […]

Honoring Two Michigan Pioneers of LGBTQ Equality

by Bernard Schlager

Honoring Two Michigan Pioneers of LGBTQ Equality By Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow In the span of weeks, the LGBTQ+ communities in Michigan lost two giants of “Gay Liberation.”  John Lawrence Kavanaugh died on December 17, 2021, at age 82, and James Willis Toy died on January 1, 2022, at age 91. I first met John […]

A World AIDS Day Reflection by Rev. Roland Stringfellow, DMin

by CLGSAdminy1

1 December 2021 As we head toward the end of another year living with the Coronavirus, the fear, concern, and caution that we all have grown accustomed to is becoming engrained in our normal daily lives.  Talk about the leftovers from Thanksgiving! Many of us are dealing with the leftovers from the “4 P’s” of […]

Join CLGS in Celebrating International Pronouns Day: 20 October 2021!

by Bernard Schlager

Join CLGS in celebrating International Pronouns Day on 20 October 2021! CLGS’ Statement of Endorsement for IPD: “The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) at Pacific School of Religion proudly endorses International Pronouns Day, which seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating others about personal pronouns a priority for our organization.  Referring to people by the […]

CLGS Celebrates National Coming Out Day: 11 October 2021!

by Bernard Schlager

11 October 2021 Happy National Coming Out Day ! 33 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 […]