Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Resources

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52 Ways #21: Intentionally Include Bisexual People

One way to increase your overall welcome is to intentionally include bisexual people.  The acronym LGBTQ has a “B” for bisexual, but sometimes communities are not as aware or welcoming as they could be.  We may say “LGBTQ” but then erase the particularities of bisexual identity.  Sometimes we make assumptions about people; for example, assuming […]

52 Ways #19: 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 #18: 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 […]

Is Your Faith Community Safe for Trans Folks? An ONLINE CLGS Lavender Lunch with our Trans* Seminarians Leadership Cohort

Click here to view a video recording of this CLGS Lavender Lunch! In this online panel discussion we explore ways that faith communities can become safer spaces for trans and nonbinary congregants, participants, and leaders. Members of our Trans Seminarian Cohort – and other trans and nonbinary panelists – will discuss some of the successes and pitfalls […]

52 Ways #13: Support Banned and Challenged Books

If you visit American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 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 about LGBTQ […]

Gender: A Spectrum or an Angle of Deviation? with Fran Benjamin and Monique Cadle. A CLGS Jewish Queeries Series Event

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Click here to view a video recording of this CLGS Jewish Queeries Series event! In this online CLGS Jewish Queeries Series event, Fran Benjamin (he/she/they) and Monique Cadle (she/her) of Good Works Consulting host a conversation on gender, diversity and queerness, and their relationship to art, business, spirituality –  and to their lives.  Fran, a queer, […]

52 Ways #3: 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 […]