LGBTQ Activism

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52 Ways #39: Support Banned and Challenged Books

If you visit American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019 and 2020, you will notice that a large percentage of them were targeted because they include positive portrayals of LGBTQ people.  When these books are removed or not included in libraries—particularly public and school libraries—people lose access to useful and affirming information […]

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

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. […]

Queer Jews: A 20th Anniversary Symposium in Memory of David Shneer

Click here for a video recording of this Symposium! The groundbreaking anthology Queer Jews (Routledge, 2002) centered the voices of over two dozen LGBTQ Jews who were re-envisioning American Jewish culture by creating new communities and making room for themselves as openly, unapologetically queer and Jewish. Queer Jews highlighted the bold voices of a generation of LGBTQ Jews […]

52 Ways #35: Expand Pronoun Options

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 […]

52 Ways #34: Include Children with LGBTQ Parents

Part of being a vibrant inclusive faith community is creating affirming space not only for LGBTQ people but for our families as well. More than a quarter of same-sex households include children, with studies showing 28.7% of families overall raising children, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA. Among African-Americans, the number is even higher, with 34% […]

Lama Rod Owens: “Love and Rage: The Path to Liberation.” The 14th Annual | 2021 CLGS John E. Boswell Lecture

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Click here for a video recording of this lecture! Love and Rage: The Path to Liberation with Lama Rod Owens | The 14th Annual | 2021 CLGS John E. Boswell ONLINE Lecture In our present day, when a politics of anger infuses every institutional and cultural sphere, Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger, explores […]