Our belief is that it is not enough to simply educate our community — we must equip them with the tools needed to truly affect change. Our educational efforts focus on things that help to increase enlightenment and readiness for people to be engaged in social and political processes.
In 2019, we…
- Hosted two Liberating Theologies Speaker Series. We heard theologies from Rev. Dr. John Boopalan, Rev. Dr. Keri L. Day, Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, and Emerging Theologians, Rev. Lacette Cross and Rev. Brandon Wrencher. At the Fall 2019 Liberating Theologies Speaker Series, participants heard from Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, and Rev. Dr. Marsha Foster Boyd in addition to emerging theologians J Vu Mai and Rev. Corey Brown. Each walked us through how theology can be used to promote justice, acceptance, healing and community care. Our perspectives were collectively expanded and we left feeling even more committed to shifting culture away from oppressive views towards life-affirming ones.
- Hosted the Transgender Faith and Action (TFAAN) Retreat, a three-day weekend experience for trans* people and allies, featuring workshops by and for trans* people on topics that feel urgent to explore within the community. Our featured presenters were Cecilia Chung, Diego Sanchez, Jeynice Poindexter, Jess Majid, Michale Holliday, and the 2019 Trans* Seminarian Cohort.
- Created and distributed a resource list for parents and families of children who are LGBTQ. Click here for your own downloadable, printable copy!
- We continued our education at Creating Change — the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual organizing and skill-building event for the LGBTQ community and our allies. We had the chance to reconnect with our core coconspirators for justice and made new connections with people whose missions, visions, and values align with ours.
- Attended the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, an annual event to “educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change.”
- Spoke at a free community gathering about inclusion and intersectionality at First United Methodist Church of Boulder. This event was held the week after the Methodist Church decided to not support LGBTQ clergy or allow same sex marriages in their churches. Participants learned ways to honor diversity, empower the marginalized, and liberate the oppressed.
- Partnered with Reel Out Charlotte, the Queen City’s LGBTQ Film Festival, April 28- May 5 at Camp North End for a full week of free events to uplift and highlight different identities within our LGBTQ+ community. We partnered to promote two films: “From Selma to Stonewall” and “TransMilitary,” highlighting the important intersections of our LGBTQ community.