The first principle of Unitarian Universalist beliefs is the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Lake Shore Unitarian Society is a Unitarian Universalist congregation where people of all backgrounds, creeds, varying beliefs come together in an open-minded community to nurture their spirits while helping others do the same.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, families, and communities. At LSUS, we work to promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for all, including LGBTQ persons of all ages, abilities, colors, and genders, within our congregation and in society at large.
We stand with the Unitarian Universalist principles in standing in solidarity to promote and protect the civil and legal rights of LGBTQ people and families across the country.
Unitarian Universalist LGBTQ History & Facts
- Unitarian Universalist congregations have proudly and publicly been performing commitment ceremonies and marriages for couples regardless of gender since 1984.
- While LSUS is does not have a pastor (instead we are lay-led and welcome a new guest speakers each week), the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is one of the few religions that ordain openly LGBTQ people while also providing assistance in their settlement.
- LGBTQ clergy (who are permitted to partner or marry) participate fully in faith communities as pastors in some of the largest congregations.
- Sexual education teachings have been inclusive of sexual orientation since 1971. The UUA also requires all ministers to show ministerial competency in the area of human sexuality before being approved for ordination.
- For more information and a look at the historical timeline, click here.
Outreach & LGBTQ Resources
- Standing On the Side of Love: This movement is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association but includes people of many faiths, including many whose only proclaimed faith is love. Take a look.
Ways to Get Involved
- Join the LSUS Social Justice Committee & help coordinate an event. Contact us to learn about the next scheduled meeting.
- Participate in an upcoming event:
- International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31: TDoV aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe and to the need for trans visibility.
The National Day of Silence on April 11: Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
International Day Against Homophobia on May 17: The International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another.
- Harvey Milk Day on May 22: Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milk served 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor. Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and "a martyr for gay rights". In 2009, the California State Legislature passed, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed, Senate Bill 572 designating every May 22 as "Harvey Milk Day.”
- Pride Month in June: June is celebrated as Pride month in honor of the Stonewall Riots, though Pride events occur all year round.
- Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23: Celebrate Bisexuality Day is observed on September 23 by members of the bisexual community and their supporters. This day is a call for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives.
- LGBT History Month in October (US): LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Dayon October 11. In the United Kingdom, it is observed during February, to coincide with a major celebration of the 2005 abolition of Section 28.
- National Coming Out Day on October 11: National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as a gender or sexual minority.
- #SpiritDay on October 17, 2014: Spirit Day is annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
- Intersex Awareness Day on October 26: Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex people.
- Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
- World Aids Day on December 1: is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
You can also check out congregational stories on the UUA website about LGBTQ welcome and equality and LGBTQ event coverage from General Assembly, the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association, as well as print resources from LGBTQ Ministries.
No matter who you are, you are welcome here!
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