LGBTQ History

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Queer Autobiography: We Were Gender Fluid Before We Even Knew What It Was: An Online CLGS Lavender Lunch with Dwayne Ratleff and William Martin

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Click here for a video recording of this CLGS Lavender Lunch! In this online CLGS Lavender Lunch authors Dwayne Ratleff and William Martin read from their autobiographical novels Dancing To The Lyrics and The Runaway Bus. In addition, these seasoned authors reflect upon – and dialogue about – the importance of sharing stories from their […]

The Queernesses of Jewish Heresy: Sabbetai Zevi, Jacob Frank, and the Eros of Hasidism with Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson and Professor Naomi Seidman. A CLGS Jewish Queeries Series Event

Click here to view a video recording of this CLGS Jewish Queeries Series event! From the 17th to 19th centuries, European Judaism witnessed an eruption of ecstasy and eros in a series of heretical and quasi-heretical movements beginning with the failed messiahs Sabbetai Zevi (1626-76) and Jacob Frank (1726-1791), and continuing through the ‘domestication’ of […]

52 Ways #27: Highlight LGBTQ Religious History

Since any time of the year is a good time to talk about the fact that religious people have been advocating for LGBTQ inclusion for quite a while, your congregation might want to the opportunity now to investigate the movement for LGBTQ equality within your tradition. You can then highlight your findings. One great place […]

52 Ways #24: Celebrate Juneteenth!

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 #22: Be Visible at Pride

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 […]

Conservative Impulses: Queers, Interfaith Couples, and Jewish Continuity with Professor Samira K. Mehta. A CLGS Jewish Queeries Series Event

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Click here for a video recording of this online Jewish Queeries Series CLGS event! In the final three decades of the twentieth century, Liberal American Judaism struggled to address two new challenges to longstanding conceptions of the Jewish family: interfaith marriage and same-gender relationships. The trajectories of these two issues raises the question: if non-Orthodox Jewish communities are more […]