Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Resources

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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 #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 #30: Celebrate & Include Transgender People!

Your congregation may have made the decision to welcome people of all sexual orientations before there was a significant awareness about including gender identity. You may have already talked about and worked on including gay, lesbian and bisexual people, but not transgender people.  Now is a great time to revisit those conversations and expand your […]

52 Ways #26: 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 #24: Restrooms Available for All!

Let’s face it: everyone needs to use the restroom.  You can make your congregation more welcoming by providing non-gendered restroom spaces. These make an important statement about your openness to transgender and gender non-conforming people. Studies have shown that transgender people face significant harassment and violence in public restrooms; you can counter that by providing […]

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 […]