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Blog Dec, 01, 2017
Bearing the Light of Advent with Holy Women Icons

As much as we want to share gratitude during the season of Thanksgiving, prepare for the hope of Advent, or celebrate Christmas, it’s difficult because the holiday season can be tough for queer folks.

Disproportionately estranged from family means we often must create our own family.

Blog Nov, 22, 2017
Terror & Togetherness: The Tensions of Thanksgiving

My mother called me a few weeks ago and asked what I was doing for the holidays. I shared that I would be flying back to New York to spend time with her and the rest of our family for Christmas and would head back to Chicago right before New Year’s Eve. 

Blog Nov, 21, 2017
Gratitude from Keisha to the Believe Out Loud Community

Please share your good wishes with our departing director Keisha McKenzie in the comments below! We will keep you updated on Believe Out Loud's staff structure as we continue an organization-wide strategic planning process under the leadership of Intersections International's executive director, Rev. Julie Johnson Staples.

Blog Nov, 15, 2017
4 Reasons NOT To Host A Transgender Day of Remembrance Service At Your Church

“Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day for stories to be told and scripts to be rewritten. It’s a chance to reach out and come together against the dehumanizing violence that haunts our communities. Love is a call as well as a response, but most of all love is an action.”  -Angelica Ross

Blog Nov, 07, 2017
Guns Will Not Save Us

I was 14 years old the first time I held a gun.

My parents had recently divulged that they owned not one, but two, 9 mm semi-automatic handguns. The thought of guns in my house was scary, even if they were kept in small lock boxes, stashed far in the back of my parent’s closet. It occurred to me that even if you have a gun, anyone could find it or take it from you and use it.  

Blog Oct, 26, 2017
In Our Lifetime

She’s not a regular.

I’d been meeting there weekly for almost two months, and I'd never seen her before. It must have been her first time. I was sure I knew all of the unsheltered people.

She asked if I had $2. I didn’t. I still don’t. I choose not to carry cash.

Blog Oct, 25, 2017
Blog Oct, 18, 2017
Painting Frida Kahlo

As we begin the month of October and ghosts decorate our homes, I am reminded of the holy days that await us. Poignant to my own background, Dia de los Muertos beckons us to remember who has gone before us.

Blog Oct, 12, 2017
Harmful Theology Will Not Define Us

Times are rough. Every five seconds, the news tells us something terrible that Trump and his administration has done. White Supremacists have a renewed, public boldness. Social media feeds are landmines of triggering comments about race, gender, sexuality, and many other issues that make up one's humanity. 

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