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52 Ways #40: Support your local Community Center

by Justin Tanis

Many communities, large and small, have LGBTQ Community Centers or local groups. One way to show your support is to support them and get involved with these important gathering spots for the community. Visit https://www.lgbtcenters.org/LGBTCenters to find a community center in your state or city. Here are some suggestions: Meet with community center leadership and […]

52 Ways #39: Support LGBTQ people during the holidays

by Justin Tanis

When our families are supportive, it makes a huge difference for LGBTQ people. But not everyone has family support … and the holidays can be especially challenging for some people. As the December holidays approach, make plans now to reach out to those who may be feeling isolated. Think about how the language of sermons […]

Continuing the Work: African-American Roundtable and Religious Liberty

by Justin Tanis

by Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, Coordinator of the African-American Roundtable,  rstringfellow@clgs.org   In partnership with the Center for American Progress, the National LGBTQ Task Force, Freedom for All Americans, ACLU of Michigan, Equality Michigan and Inclusive Justice (Michigan’s progressive faith organizing council), I have continued my work with four African-American organizers who did outreach with several Black […]

52 Ways #38: Regularly Affirm LGBTQ People and Our Families

by Justin Tanis

This week, we want to remind you of the value of positive messages. LGBTQ people and our families are exposed to homophobic and transphobic messages all the time—from preachers on the car radio, legislators pushing anti-trans bathroom bills, jokes around the water cooler, relatives who don’t understand and on and on. Or people may still […]

52 Ways #37: Address LGBTQ Health Disparities—Hold a Health Fair 

by Justin Tanis

LGBTQ people experience a number of health disparities—ways in which our health is compromised as a result of discrimination and neglect. For example, LGBTQ people are:  Less likely to get preventative care, such as mammograms and pap smears  Less likely to have health insurance  More likely to experience depression and anxiety  More likely to smoke and misuse substances, such as […]

52 Ways #36: Support Banned and Challenged Books

by Justin Tanis

Later this month, September 23-29, is Banned Books Week. Begun in the 1980s and sponsored by a coalition of groups including the American Library Association, the week highlights books and other materials that have been challenged and banned from America’s libraries. If you visit the listof the top ten books challenged each year, you’ll notice […]

Welcome to the 6th Trans Seminarian Cohort and a new Cohort Faculty Member

by Justin Tanis

By Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, Coordinator, CLGS Transgender Roundtable The Trans Seminarian Cohort is a joint project of CLGS, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the Freedom Center for Social Justice. The Cohort is a year-long program that runs from September through August. This month we will be welcoming our sixth Cohort to the program! We […]

The use of Latinx is transgressive and liberative!!!

by Justin Tanis

By Rev. Dr. Carla E. Roland Guzmán The use of Latinx is transgressive and liberative!!! Why does the Latinx Roundtable uses Latinx (LRT)?  Language matters.  Language not only describes our understanding of the world about us, but language can also shape our reality.  Although I am a Latinx person from Puerto Rico, I often talk about […]

52 Ways #35: Highlight LGBTQ Religious History

by Justin Tanis

October is LGBTQ History Month in the US and Canada (February for those in the UK). This is a fantastic time to talk about the fact that religious people have been advocating for LGBTQ inclusion for quite a while. It’s a great opportunity to investigate the movement for LGBTQ equality within your tradition. You can […]