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Hello Beloved,

Pride has come … just in time for the great “coming out” from beneath the COVID-19 pandemic. I can think of no better season to move away from virtual reality and slowly but surely back into the beauty of tangible queer and trans community. Oh how sweet it is to actually touch and hug and embrace after 400+ days of distance and isolation.

May you find pride and joy as you strive to reconnect with all who bring out the brightest and best in who you are.

Amid such a difficult time, the LGBTQ community has so much to celebrate and to grieve. As the political winds shifted in January, we were jubilant as the new Administration took immediate actions to liberate the LGBTQ community from recent years of scapegoating and hate: signing executive orders prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, and re-enabling transgender Americans to serve in the military.

At the same time, states in over half of the country have introduced bills that would ban transgender women and girls from playing on school sports teams that correspond with their gender identity, along with making it illegal to provide healthcare to transgender people. In some states these bills have already become law. Furthermore, 2021 has already seen the murders of at least 28 transgender people, most of whom are Black and Latinx transgender women.

These tragedies are not disconnected, for we know that violent legislation breeds violent acts. The work of Welcome in Unitarian Universalism is still very relevant.

Due to social distancing, many festivals, parades, and marches have been canceled throughout the month of June. It’s so important for LGBTQ folks to have affirming spaces to be together. But Adrian Ballou, the UUA's LGBTQ and Gender Justice Fellow, instructs us to make our own parties happen saying, "This year, amidst blessings--as well as heartbreak, loss, and other hardships--I’ve found ways to make my own party happen. I send memes and snippets of silly voice note songs to chosen family members. We all can use a bit more connection and support right now. Sending lots of love, care, and joy for the next few weeks--and for the new year."

May your Pride season be a time of joy, blessing, and abundance as you make your own parties happen in whatever way makes you feel safe, seen, and held.

Blessings,
Michael

SCOTUS #DecisionDay: Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
According to HRC, in a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that governments can enforce nondiscrimination laws as long as they do so neutrally, but that the city of Philadelphia was not neutral in its application of its nondiscrimination laws.

To receive the latest information and updates on SCOTUS LGBTQ-related cases, visit www.decisionday.org.
LGBTQ+ EVENTS at UUA Virtual General Assembly - June 23-27, 2021
For more information on LGBTQ programming @ GA, visit:
TUES 6/22 @ 8pm ET/5pm PT***


WED 6/23 @ 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT***


THURS 6/25 & FRI 6/25 @ 12pm ET/9am PT***


FRI 6/25 @ 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT


SAT 6/26 @
12pm ET/9am PT***


***These events are open to all regardless of registration.
THE COLORS OF PRIDE: IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!!!
THERE ARE THREE EASY WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:

1) SHARE A PRE-RECORDED MESSAGE
throughout Pride month from national religious leaders speaking about the importance of supporting Intersectional Equality by supporting the Equality Act.

2) EDUCATE YOUR CONGREGATION on the Equality Act and the George Floyd Policing Act. And attend the Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 19th @ 12pm ET -The Juneteenth Celebration on YouTube.  

3) ACCESS THE TOOLKIT
The Colors of Pride Tool Kit assembled by national equality organizations to provide your congregation with the latest information on legislation and how to support the LGBTQ community this Pride Month and beyond!

For more information, visit: https://tinyurl.com/UPLIFTcolorsofpride
Welcoming Congregations: Five Practices of Welcome Renewal


To learn how to live the
Five Practices of Welcome Renewal
at your congregation...


Please attend
The Five Practices of Welcome Renewal Zoom Orientation


CONGRATULATIONS New Welcoming and Renewed Congregations in 2020-2021
New Welcoming Congregations
UU Bay de Noc Fellowship, Escanada, MI
UU Congregation of Petoskey, Petoskey, MI


Five Practices of Welcome Renewal Congregations

Sedona UU Fellowship, Sedona, AZ
UU Congregation of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, AZ
Throop UU Church, Pasadena, CA
Mission Peak UU Congregation, Fremont, CA
First UU Church of San Diego, San Diego, CA
UU Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
Columbine UU Church, Littleton, CO
UU Fellowship of Newark Inc, Newark, DE
UU Church of Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL
Tri-County UUs, Summerfield, FL
River of Grass UU Congregation, Sunrise, FL
Georgia Mountains UU Church, Dahlonega, GA
Emerson UU Congregation, Marietta, GA
First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
UU Church of Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL
UU Church of Bloomington Inc., Bloomington, IN



UU Church of Tippecanoe County, W. Lafayette, IN
First Parish in Wayland, Wayland, MA

First Universalist Society, Franklin, MA
UU Society of Fairhaven, Fairhaven, MA
Berrien UU Fellowship, Saint Joseph, MI
UU Fellowship of Mankato, Mankato, MN
UU Congregation of Duluth, Duluth, MN
Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York, NYC
First Unitarian Church, Cincinnati, OH
UU Church of Surprise, Surprise, OK
First Unitarian Church of OKC, Oklahoma City, OK
First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR
First UU Church of Indiana, Indiana, PA
Unitarian Church in Charleston, Charleston, SC
Clayton Memorial UU Church, Newberry, SC
Tennessee Valley UU Church, Knoxville, TN
Westside UU Church, Fort Worth, TX
UU Church in Reston, Reston, VA
UUs of the Blue Ridge, Sperryville, VA
Quimper UU Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA
Prairie UU Society, Madison, WI


PRIDEful Inspirations













The Flame
is a Unitarian Universalist faith-centered podcast hosted by Roddy Biggs offering voices and stories of hope, love, resilience, and community featuring Rev. Michael J. Crumpler, Rev. Mykal Slack and others during the month of Pride.













HIV and Faith - Engaging the Impact of HIV & AIDS in Trans/Non-Binary Communities

This webinar conversation engages the impact of faith, HIV and AIDS through the lives and works of transgender/non-binary leaders and activists. Faith leaders will have an opportunity to respond to the needs, gifts, and dreams of these beautiful humans by divining and interpreting how faith communities can be in deeper relationship with transgender/non-binary persons living with HIV and AIDS.

To learn more about the US HIV & AIDS Faith Coalition
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Report of the CUC Task Force on Polyamory
Submitted to the CUC Annual Meeting, May 2020



On May 7, 2021, OWL (Our Whole Lives) Taking Flight invited UCC churches and UU congregations to learn from a Canadian Unitarian Council report on how to be welcoming and inclusive of polyamorous people and families in every aspect of congregational life, recognizing that consensually non-monogamous individuals and families are part of our faith communities as members, friends, clergy, and staff.

Guests: Vyda Ng, Executive Director, Canadian Unitarian Council; Rev. Michael Crumpler, Director of LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs, UUA; and Gabriela De Golia, UCC seminarian.

Rev. Michael J. Crumpler (He/Him/His)
LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director
Ministries and Faith Development

“It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught a  about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this earth like I had a right to be here.”
- James Baldwin

Support UUA LGBTQ+ Ministries

Each of us has worth and dignity, and that worth includes our gender and our sexuality.

As Unitarian Universalists we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift.

Your support helps keep our LGBTQ Justice and Public Witness work active and vibrant, as well as deepening our Welcoming Congregations program.

Image Descriptions
Image #1 - The UPLIFT logo surrounded by a rainbow border. Inside of the border reads UPLIFT: Uplifting the LGBTQ+ Experience Within Unitarian Universalism & Beyond. On the right there is a logo image for UUA General Assembly that is turquoise and white. It includes a silhouette of a skyline and a fountain and reads, "Circle 'Round for Virtual UUA General Assembly, June 23-29, 2021, www.uua.org/ga, Justice, Healing, Courage.

Image #2 - The logo image for the #DecisionDay campaign that reads, #DecisionDay Fulton. It is green, blue, and white and has the image of a courthouse with four pillars.

Image #3 - The logo image for The Colors of Pride that includes text that reads, "Pride Month activities focused on the intersectionality of Queerness, Racial Justice, and Religious Identity ... The Colors of Pride ... Every Worship Weekend during June and Pride Week June 14th-19th.

Image #4 - The logo image for The Five Practices of Welcome Renewal that reads, "The Five Practices of Welcome Renewal Monthly Orientation Sessions, You've Got Questions! We've Got Answers! Come learn how to begin the Five Practices of Welcome Renewal at your congregation. All of you are is sacred. All of you are is welcome. For more information, please visit www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming.

Image #5 - The flame logo that include the UUA chalice in gray surrounded by dazzling patterns of lavender, turquoise, and pink; with words that read, "Chalice of the Heart - A Unitarian Universalist Podcast.

Image #6 - The US HIV & AIDS Faith Coalition logo that includes an image of a red ribbon, with interfaith symbols that represent common world religions.

Image #7 - An image of the sky in the background overlaid with words that read, "OWL Taking Flight - Consensual Non-Monogamy and Faith: What Can We Learn From a Canadian Unitarian Council Survey?" The image also includes the Our Whole Lives, the UCC, and UUA logos.

Image #5 - A headshot of Rev. Michael Crumpler, wearing sunglasses, a beard, and a shaven head. Michael is a light-skinned Black cisgender male.

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