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52 Ways #16: Support LGBTQ People During the Holidays

by Bernard Schlager

When our families are supportive, it makes a huge difference for LGBTQ people. But not everyone has family support … and the holidays can be especially challenging for some people. As the December holidays approach, make plans now to reach out to those who may be feeling isolated. Think about how the language of sermons […]

52 Ways #15: Create a Calendar of LGBTQ Events for Next Year

by Bernard Schlager

Get ready for next year by planning ahead to recognize important holidays and events in LGBTQ communities.  You can work with the leadership of your community of faith to incorporate these into worship, educational programs, outreach events, and more.  Select which holidays, events, and commemorations are most applicable to your situation and make plans accordingly. […]

52 Ways #14: Support Your Local LGBTQ Community Center

by Bernard Schlager

Many communities, large and small, have LGBTQ Community Centers or local groups.  One way to show your support is to support them and get involved with these important gathering spots for the community. Visit https://www.lgbtcenters.org/LGBTCenters to find a community center in your state or city. Here are some suggestions: Meet with community center leadership and […]

52 Ways #13: Support LGBTQ Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants

by CLGSAdminy1

More people than ever before in human history have been displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). Right now, a staggering 20 people are displaced from their homes every minute of every day, adding up to 65.6 million people. Of these, 22.5 million are refugees; fewer than 200,000 […]

52 Ways #12: Join Your Denominational LGBTQ-Affirming Organization — or Start One!

by CLGSAdminy1

People from your own spiritual tradition can be a great resource.  They know the particular challenges and opportunities for inclusion that your denomination faces, along with an understanding of how best to engage your unique religious heritage.  They may also have great ideas, initiatives, and resources that can help you along. In addition, you can […]

52 Ways #11: Commemorate Transgender of Remembrance

by Bernard Schlager

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual day of mourning that is observed every year on November 20th as a way to honor lives lost to anti-trans violence.  The first TDOR was observed in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in honor of her friend Rita Hester, who was slain in an act of transphobic […]

52 Ways #10: Offer a Genuine Welcome at the Door

by CLGSAdminy1

When Janet was visiting a church for the first time, they asked the greeter where they could find a restroom.  The greeter responded by asking, in a friendly voice, if Janet would prefer the men’s room, the women’s room, or the gender-neutral restroom.  This told Janet immediately that this church was ready and welcoming of […]

52 Ways #9: Raise Your Voice and Vote!

by CLGSAdminy1

Raise Your Voice and Vote! As Candace Bond of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has written, “The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest.”  For LGBTQ+ people, voting is absolutely crucial in the ongoing struggle to ensure the civil rights of […]

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 […]