Category: BGLTQ

Blog for bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender and queer related topics

Multicultural Ministries Sharing Project Survey

You’re Invited to Participate in the Multicultural Ministries Sharing Project

The Multicultural Ministries Sharing Project is a groundbreaking initiative to seek insight into the experiences of Unitarian Universalists 13 and older who are people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, or otherwise marginalized around ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and/or race/ethnicity. If you identify with any of these groups, please take the survey before October 31.  More information is available at the UUA’s website.… Read the rest

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov 20, 2013

At least one transgender person is viciously murdered every month somewhere in the world, and this has been documented for the past decade. Most of these murders remain unsolved, and they are rarely reported in the news media.

In 1999, Bay Area writer and webmistress Gwendolyn Ann Smith started the Remembering Our Dead project out of frustration with this situation, calling for a candlelight vigil at Civic Center in San Francisco, that November 20th. About … Read the rest

Religious Exploration Blog – June 2013

A few months ago, Beth Ogilvie asked me to write up a short summary of how our religious exploration program for children and families incorporates issues of welcoming diversity and difference in our community.  My response was: “well, that’s kinda of most of what our RE program does!”  Beth was pulling together a report for The Welcoming Congregations Program of the national Unitarian Universalist Association. It’s a volunteer program for congregations that want to take … Read the rest

Why I support gay rights by Georgia Gruver

When I was asked to write this article I thought it would be a fairly simple task.  After all, why wouldn’t I support Gay Rights? What makes it difficult is that it actually brings up a bit of a “pet peeve” of mine. I do not like to put people into “groups”. I try to live in a way in which  I support ALL peoples rights, to “group” them is to do everyone an injustice.
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BGLTQ 2012 Election Highlights

* Wisconsin elected the first openly gay US Senator, Tammy Baldwin.
* 3 states passed marriage equality (Maine, Maryland, Washington), the first time for a state wide referendum (vs a court decision or action by the state legislature). This brings the number of states with full marriage equality to 9.
* Minnesota voters rejected a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage.
* Arizona elected Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual member of CongressRead the rest

Our Original Welcoming Congregation Program

By Bob Britton

It has been nearly 10 years since Starr King Church was certified as a Welcoming Congregation. Many of the members of that Welcoming Congregation Committee have moved out of the area, but we are looking forward to renewing our status as a congregation welcoming of LBGTQ people and their allies.

Back then we followed the Welcoming Congregation Handbook urging commitment, education and action to gain our certification. An attitude questionnaire of our … Read the rest

Welcoming Congregation Refresher Program Task Force, meeting 1

On October 7, 2012, we had the first meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Refresher Program task force.

Attendees: Beth Ogilvie (chair), Regina Fasano, Bob Meyerson, Joy Johnson, Georgia Gruver, John Gruver, Karen Cook, Lea Casini, Frank Satterwhite, Colleen Dino, Dirk Dino, Katie Kandarian-Morris, Heidi Green, Susan Straghalis. [Did I miss anyone?]

Action items [status updated 12/26/12]:

  • Ask Bob Britton for a summary of the original welcoming congregation program. Status: Completed 11/13/12. See blog entry, Original
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Why Should I Care About Gay Rights by Bob Meyerson

I think the first response to that is to question the very idea of “gay” rights. I think the proper context
is “civil” rights. And therein lies my answer to the question. I grew up in a largely ethnic area, where
my religion was in the minority. I was not just a Jew, I was, (depending on the protagonist of the
moment, a “dirty jew,” a “cheap jew,” a “Christ Killer,” a “commie jew,” and … Read the rest