Friday, April 29, 2011
Join The Impact Massachusetts’ second annual [LGBTQ] Equal Rights Conference, “Momentum (Our History, Our Movement, Our Future)”, is this weekend, today through Sunday, here in Boston. I’ll be on the panel “Lives Of Faith, Lives Of Activism” – my colleague Rev. Cameron Partridge was invited but unavailable and very kindly recommended me.
Lives of Faith, Lives of Activism - a panel discussion
Many LGBTQ people continue to worship in faith communities and serve as religious leaders - in spite of negative experiences they may have had with churches or temples in the past - and to experience a faith-centered commitment to seeking justice and equality. What role can faith communities play in advancing LGBTQ rights as an issue of social justice? How do we as LGBTQ people of faith respond to the religious right's anti-gay misinformation and rhetoric? In this interactive and wide-ranging panel discussion, a diverse group of religious leaders, professors, and students will explore these questions and discuss ways in which religious faith shapes our lives and informs our work for equality. Confirmed panelists include minister, writer, and activist Rev. Irene Monroe; historian and professor Jennifer Wright Knust of Boston University Theological School; Delfin Bautista, program coordinator of Unitarian Universalist Association's LGBT Ministries; Nathaniel Katz, Epps Fellow for Undergraduate Ministry at The Memorial Church, Harvard University; and Mycroft Masada Holmes, Chair of the Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality.
Mycroft Masada Holmes is a transgender leader specializing in faith, religion and spirituality. Mycroft is Chair of the Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE) and Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s (MTPC) Training Committee, as well as Emeritus Founding Chair of Keshet’s Transgender Working Group (TWiG) and a board member of Congregation Am Tikva. Mycroft was a member of an Episcopal church which closed, and has been “church shopping”. Mycroft is also committed to working for fat / size acceptance.
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2nd ANNUAL EQUAL RIGHTS CONFERENCE
Old South Church at Copley Square
April 29th - May 1st
Big thanks to TraniWreck for hosting our opening social event on Friday, April 29th! Join us for an all ages, all gender, all genre, cabaret variety show produced by Truth Serum Productions. Drag, Burlesque, Spoken Word and live music! With special appearances and greetings by Sue Hyde, Gunner Scott, and Robbie Samuels. Doors open at 7pm at Old South Church.
$8 or $10 (more if you have it) - pay at the door cash or check only.
Since 2008 the LGBTQ community has seen real legal and legislative gains, but at the same time many social programs serving the LGBTQ community are facing devastating budget cuts. Just in the last year at the federal level, some of the gains of our movement include: the congressional repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; the public declaration by the courts and Obama that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and the granting of transgender non-discrimination protections for HUD funded housing. On a local level, we have taken huge steps forward by winning protections for transgender state employees and anti-bullying legislation, while working to maintain and extend marriage equality in the region. All of these gains are just a step in the right direction, but the fight for full equality and unconditional justice continues and many people in our movement are working on projects that cannnot be measured by legal and legislative gains. This conference will bring together LGBTQ people & allies from all around the Northeast to collaborate and strategize about how to continue our momentum.
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