Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Resources

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52 Ways #20: 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 #18: 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 #17: 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 […]

The 17th Annual | 2024 CLGS Boswell Lecture: Professor Luis Menéndez-Antuña Speaks on Why Do Biblical Interpreters Hate Sex So Much?

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Why Do Biblical Interpreters Hate Sex So Much? Professor Luis Menéndez-Antuña Click here for a video recording of this CLGS John E. Boswell Lecture! Biblical interpreters hate sex, one might think, because of the church’s age-old war against sex or the church’s inability to think of healthy sexual arrangements outside of heterosexual monogamous marriage. In […]

52 Ways #3: Build Coalitions

19 January 2024 Build coalitions with other communities of faith who are engaged in similar work and are LGBTQ inclusive! Working together in coalition can strengthen our work and remind us that we are part of a larger community. We can accomplish more together than we can as individuals. Find out which other congregations in […]

Where Two or More are Gathered: Polyamorous Loving as a Spiritual Community Ethic and Practice

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Click here for a video recording of this CLGS Asian American Pacific Island Roundtable Presentation! How can polyamory/ethical non-monogamy as non-normative relational formation expand our understanding of spiritual community, wellbeing, and practice? View a recording of this AAPIRT presentation, an exploratory dialogue on the intersections of polyamory and faith and a consideration of how polyamorous frameworks […]

Why National Coming Out Day Matters

Under the guise of “parental rights” students are being shamed into silence and teachers are being censored. LGBTQ youth in Florida, and many others states, are subjected to fearmongering tactics to prevent them from speaking honestly about their own lived experiences. In addition to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law, the Department of Education in […]