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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 ...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


Greater NW Pride: Resisting Evil: Violence Against LGBTQ+ People Around the World

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/26/2020

Resisting Evil: Violence Against LGBTQ+ People Around the World   In the United Methodist Church (UMC), the Baptismal Covenant begins with these words, “Resisting evil…”   While the UMC is in the midst of struggling with the way of moving forward, together, with some wanting the ordination of LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriages in UMC buildings, while there are others in the church who do not want these things, nevertheless there is continued violence being perpetrated against LGBTQ+ people ...


Greater NW Pride: Come Out

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/22/2020

Come Out!   In the last week, I’ve had two opportunities to publicly, on pod-cast and television, “come out” as a gay man, again.    It’s a weird kind of phenomenon that non-LGBTQ+ people don’t get, simply because non-LGBTQ+ people didn’t and don't have to come “out” in a largely non-LGBTQ+ society. The norm in non-LGBTQ+ societies is most everyone is non-LGBTQ+, unless someone is otherwise, um, out about being LGBTQ+. Otherwise, it is not known or a "secret," in which only your mom and ...


Greater PNW Pride: What CNN's Anderson Cooper Might Teach Us About Being Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/13/2020

What CNN’s Anderson Cooper as “Dad” Might Teach Us About Being Church    There is no other comparable experience like becoming a parent. It is simply overwhelming. Being present at the birth of my children, holding their mom’s hand, breathing with her through her contractions, being in the birthing room, cutting the umbilical cord of both children, and then holding them in my arms as their mom was taken away to be cleaned up, is seared into my memory. While their mom had nine months to ...


Greater NW Pride: Giving Blood, Plasma, and Discrimination Against Gay Men in COVID-19 Pandemic

Brett Webb-Mitchell

5/5/2020

Giving Blood, Plasma, and Discrimination Against Gay Men in COVID 19 Pandemic   Last week’s blog covered discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in health services. One person wrote back the same day I posted the blog, asking,  “How are LGBTQ+ people being discriminated against in terms of health services?”   Here’s how gay men in particular are currently discriminated against by health services in the US: your Red Cross bloodmobiles and blood drives, many of which are sponsored by your friendly...


Greater NW Pride: First, Do No Harm and LGBTQ+ People

Brett Webb-Mitchell

4/29/2020

  First, Do No Harm and LGBTQ+ People   While our divided and undivided attention is focused on the local and national response to COVID 19, it is important to remember that in other parts of the government, business is being done in our name. Several offices have not shut down, even if people are obeying a shelter-in-place order. And works of justice, or injustice in this case, are proceeding as if there was no COVID 19 pandemic.   For example, the Trump administration removed a policy put ...


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