Being An LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation

UUs march in the 2011 Pride Parade in Washington, DC

Each of us has worth and dignity, and that worth includes our gender and sexuality. As Unitarian Universalists (UUs), we not only open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we value the diversity of sexuality and gender and see it as a spiritual gift. We create inclusive religious communities and work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ justice and equity as a core part of who we are. All of who you are is sacred. All of who you are is welcome.

In 1995 our congregation completed a two-year process of discernment around issues of heterosexism and homophobia and officially became a welcoming congregation in 1997.  Many of our members are LGBT individuals and families, and still, others are our parents and relatives. We are pleased to see this number growing.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, of which we are a member, has many LGBTQ resources for UUs and for  UU congregations.

Amanda Collins – My Life as a Transgender Person

Amanda Collins is a trans woman and a member of the KUUF Social Justice Committee. Some trans people look for a spiritual community where they can simply attend as members, and don’t want special attention drawn to them. Amanda felt called to join the KUUF Social Justice Committee because she is an activist for transgender education and justice. She is also a member of the sub-committee working towards re-certifying our congregation as a Welcoming Congregation.