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  • Blog
    Wed, 5 Apr 2017
    ArticleInternalized Resilience-Embracing Thrivingness

    I am not oppressed, I am not a victim—I thrive, I rise, I am. A few months ago, I participated at an organization's Board of Directors meeting. It was an intense gathering where we were all challenged to stretch beyond our comfort zones and look at how each of us participates in anti-oppression work and in oppression... more...

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    Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    ArticleWhen Christian Compassion Doesn’t Apply to...

    During the holidays, I noticed a Franciscan Health commercial with the hashtag #FranciscanPeacePrayer. This beautiful prayer, attributed to St. Francis in the 13th century, was repeated during the commercial. The visuals in the ad showed smiling people helping each other and showing love. Here is a link if you want to check it... more...

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    Mon, 13 Mar 2017
    ArticleIt’s Up to Us (Always Has Been)

    One of the most frustrating and emotionally and spiritually damaging aspects of Transgender justice work is the persistent confrontation with silence. There is always a moment when individuals, organizations of all kinds, family members or friends, communities of faith, and government entities have an opportunity to offer care, kindness... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 28 Feb 2017
    ArticleYoung, Trans, and Afraid of the Bathroom

    Editor's Note: Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice made it clear that they will not uphold guidelines designed to help schools support transgender students. Our faith tells us trans students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect—this includes the ability to use bathrooms and locker rooms that... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017
    ArticleThe Steep Path: How Muslim Allies Can Resist...

    Originally published in December 2015, this post has particular resonance this week following President Donald Trump's Executive Order to restrict immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. This bans stigmatizes and harms immigrants, refugees, and Muslims, and it is an assault on the values we hold dear, including... more...

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  • Blog
    Wed, 11 Jan 2017
    ArticleBelieve Out Loud To Debut New Training At...

    Next week, the staff of Believe Out Loud will join more than 4,000 attendees in Philadelphia at the 29th annual Creating Change conference, which is hosted each year by the National LGBTQ Task Force.  This year, the Believe Out Loud team will debut a new training: Digital Strategies for Faithful Action.  This year's... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 9 Jan 2017
    ArticleTo Be Known: My Journey To Standing Rock

    My entire life has been an exercise in chasing after the fulfillment of being known. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela but have lived in the Latin diaspora since I was 3 years old. I have never returned home. I do not know my people, my language, or my birth family. I’m exhausted from chasing what I imagine is the... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 29 Mar 2016
    North Carolina’s Anti-Trans Law

    On March 23, Republican state legislators in North Carolina convened a one-day legislative session to fast-track House Bill 2 with the explicit goal of overriding a local Charlotte ordinance that would have protected LGBT people from discrimination in housing and public accommodations. Sadly, the bill seemed to pass in a... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    ArticleA Trans Ally In A Tennessee Pew

    ADD YOUR NAME: Tell Tennessee Lawmakers to Block Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill Five years ago, I was a member of a Southern Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, listening to the same sermons as my Old Hickory Representative Susan Lynn. One Sunday, as our preacher dug deeper into Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I was struck by... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    ArticleThe Importance Of LGBTQ-Affirmation To A Grieving...

    At the time of my brother’s death in 2007, it was very important that our family be spared rejection by the church in a time of grief. Some people have said to me, “Well, you could’ve had Warren’s memorial service at our church.” But—their churches are not Open & Affirming. In the... more...

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