LGBTQ Activism

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52 Ways #32: Engage in Intersectional Ministries

by CLGSAdminy1

The spiritual insights and motivation that led your congregation to welcome LGBTQ people can also help you expand your ministries in intersectional ways. After all, there are many ways in which we are called to improve our own communities and our world. CLGS has a resource, An Expansive Welcome, designed to spark conversations in congregations […]

52 Ways #31: Recognize the Discrimination that LGBTQ People Face

by CLGSAdminy1

Did you know that half of LGBTQ people in this country live in states where there are no protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity? Many people think such discrimination is already illegal, but only 21 states and the District of Columbia ban discrimination in employment and housing; one other state, Wisconsin, […]

52 Ways #29: Write an Op-Ed for a Local News Outlet/Site

by CLGSAdminy1

Speaking out about issues of justice and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people, our families, and our communities is critically important. It’s a way to take the beliefs of your community out of the pews and into the public arena and to promote dialogue. It also disrupts the ongoing misperception that people of faith do not support […]

52 Ways #27: Build Interfaith Partnerships for Learning and Action

by CLGSAdminy1

There are amazing people of faith around the world who are working to make our communities inclusive, accepting, diverse, and vibrant. This week, we encourage you to get to know some more of them, especially your neighbors from other faith traditions. We can learn a tremendous amount from each other. Working with those from other […]

52 Ways #26: Intentionally Include Bisexual People

by CLGSAdminy1

One way to increase your overall welcome is to intentionally include bisexual people.  The acronym LGBTQ has a “B” for bisexual, but sometimes communities are not as aware or welcoming as they could be.  We may say “LGBTQ” but then erase the particularities of bisexual identity.  Sometimes we make assumptions about people; for example, assuming […]

52 Ways #25: Regularly Affirm LGBTQ People and Our Families

by CLGSAdminy1

This week we want to emphasize the value of positive messages.  LGBTQ people and our families are exposed to homophobic and transphobic messages all the time — from preachers on the car radio, legislators pushing anti-trans bathroom bills, jokes around the water cooler, relatives who don’t understand, and on and on.  Or people may still […]

Join CLGS for our Souls a’ Fire 7 ONLINE Conference: 13-14 March 2021!

by Bernard Schlager

CLGS’ Souls A’Fire 7 Conference | An ONLINE Gathering for Black Queer Theology! 13-14 March 2021 Register Below for Day One and/or Day Two of this Conference Register Day One Register Day Two Why this gathering is important: This event will highlight an inclusive vision among African-American pastors, parishioners, and community leaders on the topic of welcoming and […]

52 Ways #22: Host an Online Community Forum!

by CLGSAdminy1

What issues are most of concern to your local LGBTQ communities?  How could they best be addressed in your area?  During this time of Covid-19, consider hosting an online community forum to help raise awareness and talk about how this issue is affecting people in your neighborhood, town or city.  You can invite community members, […]

52 Ways #21: Feed Hungry People, Including Hungry LGBTQ People

by CLGSAdminy1

Despite the stereotypes of rich white gay men, the reality is that LGBTQ people—as a result of systemic oppression—are more likely than heterosexuals to live in poverty and, therefore, to be food insecure.  This is especially true for people of color who face racism in addition to anti-LGBTQ attitudes, the young and the old, transgender […]

52 Ways #20: Encourage and Support HIV Testing

by CLGSAdminy1

Gay and bisexual men make up 70% of new HIV infections in the United States; communities of color and young adults are particularly hard hit. HIV testing is critical for both individual health and in the efforts to end the epidemic. When people know their HIV status, they can make healthy and informed choices about […]