Posts by Justin Tanis

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Queerness Loves Beyond Borders

by Justin Tanis
fence at the US Mexico border

by Nichola Torbett Love knows no borders. That is what it means to be queer. It means we love outside the lines. We are dissidents for love. We love in spite of obstacles. Queer people have the potential to show forth in a particularly vivid way the God-given capacity to love in spite of obstacles—in spite […]

52 Ways #42: Increase LGBTQ visibility throughout the year

by Justin Tanis

While it is important to recognize and affirm key dates and events within the LGBTQ community, your welcome is even greater if you do not limit LGBTQ visibility to those times. LGBTQ people and their families who come to your worship services, teachings or programs will notice the presence of others who are like them. […]

Faith Community Applauds Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

by Justin Tanis

Faith leaders praised Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week for issuing an executive order which aims to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people. Whitmer’s executive order provides nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ Michiganders who serve as state employees or state contractors. Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, who works with African American clergy as part of The Umoja Project, […]

2018: An Exceptional Year Working for LGBTQ Wellbeing

by Justin Tanis

What a year it has been at The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS)! Since 2000 we have offered high-quality, innovative programs that make a genuine difference in the lives of LGBTQ people, our communities of faith, and our families. While we are proud of all our work over the years, I […]

52 Ways #41: Create a calendar of LGBTQ events for next year

by Justin Tanis

Get ready for next year by planning ahead to recognize important holidays and events in the LGBTQ communities. You can work with the leadership of your community of faith to incorporate these into worship, educational programs, outreach events and more. Select which holidays, events,and commemorations are most applicable to your situation and make plans accordingly. […]

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 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,   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 […]