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Greater NW Pride: Performative Allyship and LGBTQI+ People in the Church

Brett Webb-Mitchell

8/10/2020

Performative Allyship and LGBTQI+ People in the Church   This is kind of one of the “terms” or “new words” for 2020: performative allyship.   Definition and description of performative allyship: First, allies are helpful. An ally is someone from a non-marginalized group who uses one’s privilege to advocate for a marginalized group. Being an ally is a good thing. In the LGBTQ+ community we welcome and appreciate our non-LGBTQ+ allies.   Second, performative allyship is problematic. It is ...


Greater NW Pride: Being a Person of Faith, Queer, and Civic Minded

Brett Webb-Mitchell

8/4/2020

Being a Person of Faith, Queer, and Civic Minded   I am part of the Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance (PICR) group.   There are around 100 + of us. Feel free to join us.   The group started to come together in Portland during the Black Lives Matter protests that started soon after the death of George Floyd in May 25, 2020.   There are several friends in the movement who are clergy and queer who were noticing how some in the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) were especially brutal to people ...


Greater NW Pride: They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

Brett Webb-Mitchell

7/30/2020

They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love   One of my favorite storytellers is the Seattle-based sex-columnist Dan Savage, with his Savage Lovecolumn that appears in various free weekly publications, like the Portland Mercury. In an interview on the website salon.com, Amanda Marcotte talked with Dan Savage about the power of stories in an article, "Dan Savage Knows a Great Sex Story When He Hears It."  Savage told her that “people like to hear other people’s stories. Particularly other ...


Greater NW Pride: Happy Non-Binary Gender People Day!

Brett Webb-Mitchell

7/15/2020

Happy Non-Binary Gender People Day! Actually, Non-Binary Gender People Day was yesterday, July 14, 2020, which is the day I began working on this blog posting. Like so many other birthdays and anniversaries in life, I am belated in this celebration. Nevertheless: Happy Non-Binary Gender People Day! In a world of binary (false) choices—male and female, Republicans and Democrats, pink or blue, us and them—breaking through the façade that there are only two choices, there are those who are ...


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...


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 ...


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