Something for the home team during my low-blogging August. The SocialStudies blog — from the half-off-cupcakes SocialLiving people — has produced a map of the District of Columbia overlaid with not-wrong stereotypes of the different neighborhoods. Some will only make sense if you live here; say, “mumbo sauce” — a concoction native to D.C. that… Continue reading D.C. map of stereotypes
Excuse the somewhat inaccurate title. The vote was by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, not the whole General Assembly, and includes sexual orientation and gender identity. And I want to know more about it and celebrate it as much is wise. I know the UU-UNO office has been involved in this action — and… Continue reading The United Nations vote about gay people
Capital Pride hosts the BGLT pride parade for metropolitan Washington, D.C. — this took place last Saturday. Here are some pictures of Unitarian Universalists who participated. Not a bad turn-out, though Hubby thought the text of the placards too long and complex for the speed at which the parade moved! (He suggested God Is Love… Continue reading Unitarian Universalists at Capital Pride
A somewhat frivolous question follows. I noticed a tweet saying the Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester County, New York, has “become a Welcoming Congregation,” which is denominational language meaning a congregation has enrolled in a program of the same name showing its intention and welcome persons in sexual orientation minorities. It’s been around since 1989… Continue reading What’s the highest numbered congregation in the UUA?
I’m a gay man of a certain age: young enough to have missed the first ravaging fires of HIV and AIDS, but old enough both to see people get sick and die, and to be carefully tutored in the paranoia-inducing art — remember, there was no test for a few years — of safe sex.… Continue reading AIDS + 30
If you’ve not heard, a GLBT advocacy campaign in churches — Believe Out Loud — sought advertizing with Sojourners, a well-known Christian magazine and website, and were rejected on what can only be called ambiguous and shifting grounds. Some people I know have come to Wallis’s defence, but most of the gay people and clergy… Continue reading Believe Out Loud, Jim Wallis and Sojourners
In 2004, after marriage between persons of the same sex became legal, I wrote a blog post about what a pastor might do when the couple had already vowed themselves to each other in the only spheres available: the social, religious or both. Husband Jonathan and I are clear that our wedding seven years ago… Continue reading The wedding service, legally speaking
. . . are the same-sex couples in Maryland. I know: as a D.C. resident, I should be happiest the place I call home, but . . . Last week, the Maryland Attorney General announced that, barring court action, the same-sex marriages contracted in other jurisdictions would be recognized in Maryland. This is good news… Continue reading The bigger winners today in D.C. . . .
To remind my readers: I am an ordained minister with fifteen years’ experience in performing weddings. I have credentials to preform weddings in the District of Columbia. And, yes: I will talk to same-sex couples looking to marry. (Indeed, I am half of a same-sex couple.) As you might know, the District of Columbia will… Continue reading I officiate weddings in the District of Columbia
The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office claims to be the only religious voice at the United Nations advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, or in their lingo, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) work. I believe them and wish there were more sharing in their labor. (Anyone? Please. Or correct me if I’m… Continue reading Standing for GLBT people living under dire oppression