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52 Ways #20: Encourage and Support HIV Testing

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 […]

52 Ways #19: Add LGBTQ Books to Your Book Discussion Groups

Does your community have a book club or discussion group? Take a look at the titles you’ve read over the last couple of years and consider whether they are fully inclusive of LGBTQ people and themes. Sometimes groups inadvertently adopt suggested lists created for books groups that don’t take into diversity into account when making […]

52 Ways #18: Learn about Religious Liberty

The right to worship and practice your faith freely is a fundamental American value.  Unfortunately, however, laws designed to protect the rights of religious minorities are now being used in an attempt to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ people.  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) came about after two Native Americans were fired from their jobs […]

52 Ways #17: Engage in Listening and Learning

No matter how long your congregation has been welcoming LGBTQ people, there is always more to learn. This week, we suggest engaging in some active listening. Think of groups that are underrepresented or often unheard from in your congregation; some examples might be LGBTQ people of color, youth, seniors, bisexuals, people engaged in polyamory, those […]

52 Ways #16: Support LGBTQ People During the Holidays

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 […]

A Matter of Faith: A Panel Discussion Among Young Latinx Queer Folx

In this ONLINE panel discussion Florinda Cano, Maria Del Pilar (PILI) Lopez-Saavedra, and Santana Sankofa explored questions of faith, especially in terms of the way that faith and art contribute to their sense of belonging and wholeness in inclusive faith communities. Click here for a video recording of this event! This event was the first in our new online […]

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

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. […]