The Welcoming Congregation Initiative
With guidance from the Unitarian Universalist Association, our church entered into a self-study and education process that led to a vote to be designated and known as a Welcoming Congregation, to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons. We continue to seek out ways to not only welcome these individuals and families, but to help them to belong and contribute to our congregational life. The initiative is mindful of our continuing need for education and sensitivity and promotes social action and service to the LGBTQ community and individuals.
Seasoned and Rising again - SARALesbians
We are a community of lesbians, open to all women. We work together to promote gender equality and change the way women experience the cultural challenges of growing old. We hold gatherings for women regarding issues, topics and celebrations relevant to empowering women's lives. Contact Irene Scheibner for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links & Resources
LGBTQ Ministries of the UUA Our national association's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Ministries works to end oppression against people of all ages, abilities, colors, and economic classes who are marginalized on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Interweave - An Independent Affiliate of the UUA, focused on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Love Makes a Family - A Connecticut-based LGBTQ rights organization
Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective - Hartford-based organization providing medical, mental health and support service
True Colors, Inc. - Connecticut-based organization providing support and mentoring to marginalized LGBTQ youth.
PFLAG – Hartford Chapter - National organization for parents, family members and friends of LGBTQ people, etc.
Gay and Lesbian Defenders - New England based LGBTQ legal organization
Human Rights Campaign - National LGBTQ rights organization
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network - National organization for students, parents, and teachers that works to affect positive change in schools
Choosing an LGBTQ-Friendly College - A guide provided by onlinecolleges.net
LGBTQ Student Guide - A collection of resources from onlineschools.org
Guide to Bullying and Cyberbullying - A collection of resources from onlineschools.org