Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Resources

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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 #11: Commemorate Transgender of Remembrance

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 […]

Rev. Dr. Traci C. West: “Engendering Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality Among Church Leaders”

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Click here for a video recording of this lecture! “Engendering Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality Among Church Leaders.” In this political moment, how can scholar-activist church leaders create common understandings that undermine patterns of society-wide abuse and intra-communal betrayal, and instead deepen their solidarity with one another? What are effective ways of expressing defiance of heteropatriarchal abuser […]

52 Ways #7: Celebrate International Pronouns Day

ronouns Day is celebrated every year on the third Wednesday in October (21 October 2020 this year) and it offers faith communities an important opportunities to raise awareness of the importance of respecting each person’s chosen pronouns.  For genderqueer, Transgender, and gender non-conforming persons, being referred to by their correct pronouns is basic to their human […]

Genderqueer Torah with Jericho Vincent. A CLGS Jewish Queeries Series Event

Click HERE for a video recording of this Jewish Queeries Series Event! In this first CLGS Jewish Queeries event of 2020-2021, Jericho Vincent, a genderqueer post-ultra-Orthodox Jew, offers a fascinating exploration of gender, Torah, and authenticity.  Some of the questions they explore include the following: What does Judaism have to teach us about gender? In what […]

52 Ways #5: Build Coalitions

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 […]