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Greater NW Pride: Hate Crimes, LGBTQ2S+* People, and the Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

7/7/2020

Hate Crimes, LGBTQ2S+* People, and the Church   On June 29, 2020, Christian Council, an Oklahoma City realtor, was beaten up and left unconscious by two people, Amery Dickerson and Bennett Stone, who used anti-gay slurs as they hit him in the head.   I have seen pictures of Christian’s beaten face on several of the LGBTQ+ sites that I go to daily, e.g., Towleroad.com, Queerty.com, and Advocate.com.   Christian and a friend arrived at his home in an apartment complex. As they tried to park the...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

7/1/2020

Steal this Letter!


Greater NW Pride: Pride Month Moments: Marriage Equality Anniversary

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/28/2020

Pride Month Moments: Marriage Equality 5th Anniversary!   I begin with a note of personal privilege: Christian and I are getting ready to get married in the summer of 2021.    We figured out the place we plan to get married in Portland. It will be an outdoor, garden wedding, so probably July. We are praying to God that the pandemic will be over by then.   The two witnesses have said yes, along with an officiant or two. A list of who we would like to invite grows daily. There’s family, and ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

6/24/2020

4 Words to Guide You: "Just Sit with It"


Greater NW Pride: Pride Month Moments: Black Transgender Lives Matter and Tony McDade

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/23/2020

  Pride Month Moments: Black Transgender Lives Matter and Tony McDade   A few weeks ago, I posted about the story of Stonewall Inn and Marsha Johnson, a transgender woman of color who is seen as one of the lead figures in the Stonewall Inn riot that began the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Actually, there were two transgender women of color: Marsha Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who, on June 28, 1969, fought back against police harassment, sparking a week of rioting.    And in the last few weeks, another...


Greater NW Pride: Pride Month Moment: Transgender Rights, Title VII, and the Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/17/2020

Pride Month Moments: Transgender Rights, Title VII, and the Church   Dear Church (Yes, that is Church with a big “C” so I mean universal Church),   In this Pride month, on Friday, June 12th, and on Monday, June 15th, two important decisions were made by parts of the federal government--the executive and legislative branch, and judicial branch--which the Church should sit up and take notice of, because it is going to have an impact upon the life of congregations. Remember, the decision made ...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

6/17/2020

It's a New year! Talk About Generosity


Greater NW Pride: Pride Month People: The Prophet, Larry Kramer

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/11/2020

  Pride Month People: The Prophet, Larry Kramer   When I think of LGBTQ+ activists, and was considering the position of LGBTQ+ Advocacy Coordinator with the UMC folks in the OR-ID Conference, one of the first people who came to mind was the writer, playwright, and HIV/AIDS activist, the late-Larry Kramer. Larry Kramer died a few weeks ago, and his presence in this world is deeply missed by many of us.   Larry Kramer was a prophet in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible sense. Consider the following...


Inspiring Generosity

Cesie Delve Scheuermann

6/10/2020

What Do You Stand For?


Greater NW Pride: Pride Month Moments; Stonewall Inn Riot

Brett Webb-Mitchell

6/4/2020

Pride Month Moments: Stonewall Inn Riot   June is “officially” Pride Month in the United States. The usual salutation is “Happy Pride!” as we see and great each other within the LGBTQ+ movement.  Happy Pride!   In a pre-COVID-19 world, we would be getting ready for all the Pride parades, lunches, parties, festival booths, picnics, and firework displays. Rainbow bunting and flags would be festooned everywhere in large cities and small towns across the US. And in my role as both organizing ...


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