LGBTQ Activism

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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 […]

52 Ways #42: Celebrate Juneteenth!

by CLGSAdminy1

On 19 June 1865 Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed in Galveston, Texas, the federal government’s decree that all previously-enslaved people in Texas were free; this proclamation was read over two and a half years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863. It is […]

52 Ways #41: Be Visible at Pride

by CLGSAdminy1

Pride festivals—held in many towns and cities across the country—are a fantastic way to reach out to LGBTQ people and our allies and let people know about your inclusive stance. It is also an important witness that people of faith can be accepting and supportive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Your […]

52 Ways #40: Celebrate Pride!

by CLGSAdminy1

Many of us have shown our inclusive faith by participating in Pride parades around the country. This is critical to counteract the ongoing fallacy that all, or even most, people of faith stand in opposition to LGBTQ rights. Religious groups who protest Pride celebrations alienate many of the attendees and can even re-awaken the pain […]

52 Ways #37: Increase LGBTQ Visibility Throughout the Year!

by CLGSAdminy1

While it is important to recognize and affirm key dates and events within the LGBTQ community, your welcome is even greater if you do not limit LGBTQ visibility to those times.  LGBTQ people and their families who come to your worship services, teachings or programs will notice the presence of others who are like them. […]

52 Ways #35: Expand Pronoun Options

by CLGSAdminy1

Some people use non-gendered pronouns to identify themselves because it better reflects who they are than “he” or “she.” You can make it clear that your congregation welcomes them by creating space to name our own pronouns. And—because we respect the grammar lovers among us—let us assure you that these are perfectly acceptable in English […]