- What does it take to go beyond an intention of acceptance, to an effective welcome? What are the unintentional things that accidentally discourage LGBT2IQ+ seekers, reducing our ability to build the beloved community and weakening our solidarity with each other?
- What are some of the barriers to the full participation of LGBT2IQ+ people in faith communities generally, and Quakers in particular? What can we do to reduce them?
- How can we as a faith community work toward a world without homophobia, transphobia, and related sexualized violence?
- How can this strengthen or weaken our struggles for peace, earth-care, and transformative justice?
Your ideas, concerns, and questions are welcome. There will be opportunities for individual reflection, small-group conversation, and whole-group discussion. If you have never attended a Quaker meeting for worship but you are interested in this topic, please contact us — we would love to hear from you. We can also help organize carpooling if desired. We look forward to seeing you there.
Resources We Might Use
- Participant Handout
- Assigned Male Comics, a webcomic about gender non-conforming children by Sophie Labelle (NOTE: the facebook page is down as of May 17, 2017 due to a co-ordinated attack by white supremacists who filled it with neo-nazi imagery and death threats, and published her home address online. You can still find Assigned Male Comics on her Tumblr page)
- Women and Honour: Some Notes on Lying, by Adrienne Rich
- Using the F-Word (Fascism), from Shifting Phases
- Maintaining Personal Boundaries in Relationships, by David Richo
- Spiritual Destiny vs. Psychological Task, by David Richo
- Sex, Gender, and Mental Health: with a history of 2SLGBTQ+ social control
- The Lie of Entitlement, by Terrence Crowley
- A Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, by Milton J. Bennett (see also Summary Poster)
- Excerpt on “Accountable Communities” from The Revolution Starts at Home (Chen, Peipzna-Samarasinha eds.)