Challenging Assumptions

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 8th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

Confounding gender stereotypes with brush and lens. Lorenzo Triburgo is an artist whose work plays with common assumptions of identity and artistry. With his series “Portraits of Transgender Men” Triburgo’s aim is to remind us that the limit of gender identity is determined by individual, rather than social norms. Here, Triburgo places transgendered men in heroic poses in front of richly painted kitsch depictions of nature.   View the entire Transportraits series. Read Lorenzo Triburgo’s statementr on the Transportraits series. On Slate: Capturing the Courage of Transgender Men On Huffington Post: Transportraits: Lorenzo Triburgo Captures Powerful Images Of Transgender Men      

Pope Addresses Equality

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 29th 2013 // Issues and Trends // no comments

Perhaps But Only One Step Forward During a wide-ranging impromptu press conference while returning from the Papal visit to Brazil, when asked, ” Pope Francis rhetorically answered, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis asked, and went on to say, “”You can’t marginalize these people.” While most reporting on this story accentuate the reformist postion of the Pope on homosexuality, Catholic Culture commented the Pope’s statements, “were widely interpreted by reporters as an acceptance of homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood. But in fact the Pope’s comments were addressed to different questions.   According to Catholic Culture the Pope, “… had been answering questions…

Sharing and Working it Together for All

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 22nd 2013 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // one comment

Multicultural Ministries 2013 Sharing Project This groundbreaking project is designed to solicit input from Unitarian Universalists (UUs) (whether or not they are part of a congregation) historically marginalized by ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, and/or ethnicity about their unique experiences and ministry needs within Unitarian Universalism.     If you identify as – ·         Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or otherwise have a sexual orientation or gender identity/expression that doesn’t conform to cultural norms ·         A person of color, a multiracial/multiethnic person, and/or someone with racial/ethnic/cultural heritages are marginalized today ·         A person whose visual, hearing, mobility, psychiatric, intellectual, and/or other physical abilities (including chemical sensitivity and food allergies) make it difficult to participate fully…

July ’13 Welcoming Congregation Bulletin

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 10th 2013 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments

Read, Link and Share Highlights of the July bulletin from LGBTQ Ministries, part of the Ministries office of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Each monthly issue offers links to a tool to use, proposes an action to take, shares an inspiring story, and spreads the latest news. Tool: LGBTQ Rights Maps Action: Organize a Screening of God Loves Uganda Story: Celebrating—and Mourning—U.S. Supreme Court Decisions News: General Assembly Votes to Add Inclusion Text to Bylaws Read the newsletter here.    

UUA Statement on Marriage Equality Decisions

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 26th 2013 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, UUA // no comments

The following is a statement from The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. -Ed. “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court of our country, stood on the side of love with its decision in United States v. Windsor declaring that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. This is a proud and momentous day for all who have suffered under this law and felt discrimination based on their sexual orientation. It is a victory for the principle that civil rights belong to all. In the Proposition 8 case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme…

DOMA No More

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 26th 2013 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

DOMA deprives the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. The Unites States Supreme Court today voting 5-4 struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a United States federal law that restricted federal marriage benefits and required inter-state marriage recognition to only opposite-sex marriages in the United States.   Learn more about today’s Supreme Court ruling and the Defense of Marriage Act: Defense of Marriage Act on Wikipedia. Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional on Huffington Post. Commentary and analysis of the Supreme Court decision on SCOTUSBLOG     .              

Scouts (More) Honor(able)

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 24th 2013 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, soundings, youth // no comments

BSA welcomes all youth, only some adults At its annual national meeting the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) approved a resolution removing, ” the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone.”(1) 60% of 1,400 voting members approved the measure. Afterwards, Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality said,  “Today’s vote ending discrimination of gay Scouts is truly a historic moment and demonstrates the Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to creating a more inclusive organization.” The vote is a significant victory for equality and inclusion in American society, although BSA policy continues to ban adults on the basis of their sexual orientation. Wahls observed,  “(it’s) a tremendous victory toward…

Approaching Inclusion and Equality

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 2nd 2013 // Issues and Trends, soundings // no comments

Today the barrier against openly identifying as LGBTQ in professional sports in the United States fell when a current player, twelve-year veteran of the National Basketball Association affirmed his homosexual identity. Throughout the recent months we have followed the evolution of Marriage Equality, and reform of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) exclusionary policy banning participation of people who identify as LGBTQ. The BSA is set vote on the issue in May, and the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to rule in June. – Ed.   Jason Collins is the first athlete from one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB) to openly identify as homosexual. In…

Approaching Inclusion and Equality

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 29th 2013 // soundings // no comments

Today the barrier against openly identifying as LGBTQ in professional sports in the United States fell when a current player, twelve-year veteran of the National Basketball Association affirmed his homosexual identity. Throughout the recent months we have followed the evolution of Marriage Equality, and reform of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) exclusionary policy banning participation of people who identify as LGBTQ. The BSA is set vote on the issue in May, and the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to rule in June. – Ed.   Jason Collins is the first athlete from one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB) to openly identify as homosexual. In…

Marriage Equality in Delaware

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 12th 2013 // Issues and Trends // no comments

From the Human Rights Campaign Blog. – Ed.  April 11, 2013 by Dan Rafter, Online Campaigns Manager  Lawmakers Introduce Marriage Equality Bill in Delaware Delaware lawmakers, religious and civil rights leaders gathered in Wilmington earlier today to introduce a landmark civil marriage equality bill that allows loving, committed gay and lesbian couples to marry. Mirroring national trends, support for marriage equality comes in 54 percent – a strong and decisive majority of Delawareans are on board. Equality Delaware has been spearheading the effort to advance the legislation – over the past few months, advocates have engaged families, friends, and neighbors across the state to boost support for freedom and equality.  Rep. Melanie George Smith is…