The mission of LGBTQ & FRIENDS is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of ourselves and our greater community by providing activities, programs and education that foster connection; empower one another; advocate for civil and human rights; and promote diversity. By doing these things, our goal is to raise the consciousness surrounding LGBTQ issues, so that we can all live with greater understanding, compassion and acceptance of one another as people.

There have been three events since the inception of LGBTQ & FRIENDS this year:

  • March 31-National Transgender Day of Visibility. A gathering in Civic Park, WC to celebrate with Rev. Leslie and other speakers honoring the transgender community. 80 people attended.
  • June 16-“The Freedom to Marry” movie in Bortin Hall documenting the 32 year fight for Marriage Equality for the LGBTQ community. A benefit raising over $500 for the Rainbow Community Center with 110 people in attendance.
  • Aug 20- “What is Gender? -Beyond the Binary” lecture by Michelle Paquette addressing the many facets of gender and its determination beyond the traditional male/female binary. This is the first in a series of educational talks with an LGBTQ focus. 45 people were in attendance in the Sanctuary with a lively Q&A afterwards.

Talk & Q&A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQSRNrYkRd0
Cont’d Q&A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww5qhq8eLwM&t=27s

Download pdf (basic definitions & references)

More information is at:  http://www.uua.org/lgbtq

FREEDOM TO MARRY MOVIE Draws 110+!

More than 110 people gathered in Bortin Hall on Friday night, June 17th to enjoy Eddie Rosenstein’s ‘Freedom to Marry’ movie in good company.

After the thought provoking story of the struggle for the right to marry in the US, MDUUC hosted a 2 question “Reflection and Connection” session in groups of 2-3 people each, around the room.

MDUUC’s Chair for LGBTQ & Friends, Nancy Newhart then opened the conversation to the broader group. Many people shared feelings, opinions or observations. It was a moving experience for all.

LGBTQ & Friends raffled off a $25 Gift Card to BJ’s Restaurant to conclude the evening and the lucky winner also took home a framed glossy of the movie flyer as a memento of the evening.