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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 […]

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 […]

52 Ways #32: Host a Community Forum

by Justin Tanis

What issues are most of concern to your local LGBTQ communities? How could they best be addressed in your area? Consider hosting a community forum to help raise awareness and talk about how this issue is affecting people in your neighborhood, town or city. You can invite community members, local decision makers, and other interested […]

52 Ways #31: Engage in listening and learning

by Justin Tanis

No matter how long your congregation has been welcoming LGBTQ people, there is always more to learn. This week, we suggest engaging in some active listening. Think of groups that are underrepresented or often unheard from in your congregation; some examples might be LGBTQ people of color, youth, seniors, bisexuals, people engaged in polyamory, those […]

52 Ways #30: Build interfaith partnerships for learning and action

by Justin Tanis

There are amazing people of faith around the world who are working to make our communities inclusive, accepting, diverse, and vibrant. This week, we encourage you to get to know some more of them, especially your neighbors from other faith traditions. We can learn a tremendous amount from each other. Working with those from other […]

52 Ways #29: Register Voters

by Justin Tanis

52 Ways #29: Register Voters This week’s suggestion is to register voters. Over the last decade, it has become increasingly difficult to vote in large parts of the United States, with new voter restrictions in place in 23 states. It is critical to register eligible voters and encourage people to vote. In the US, National […]