LGBTQ definitions every good ally should know

Millions of Americans identify as LGBTQ, and like any group, they have their own language to talk about both who they are and the challenges they face in a society that doesn’t fully accept or protect them.

This is a really helpful glossary of terms that you may have heard but aren’t so sure what they mean. Thanks to USA TODAY for publishing this during Pride month!

If you want to be an ally, these terms might help — but be aware that many have been used derogatorily by straight, white, cisgender (defined below!) people, and were reclaimed over time by the LGBTQ community.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and some of these terms — because they are so personal — likely mean slightly different things to different people. If you’re puzzled by a term and feel like you can ask someone you love in the LGBTQ community to help you make sense of it, do it. But also be careful not to put the burden of your education on other people when there’s a whole wide world of resources out there.

Continue reading on USA TODAY’S website …

PULSE Memorial Service – June 12

Join with both our global and local community as we commemorate the victims and recommit to acts of compassion and justice. All are welcome.

PULSE Memorial Service
Monday, June 12
Pikes Peak MCC
5 pm

Community members are joining Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) in a global virtual memorial service June 12, to commemorate the 49 victims of the deadliest act of violence against the LGBTQ+ community in U.S. history.
Join with both our global and local community at Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church on Monday, June 12 at 5 pm MST to participate in both the virtual and a face-to-face memorial service. All are welcome.  We will commemorate the victims and recommit to acts of compassion and justice.
“It is MCC’s calling to be the leading voice of love over hate, particularly at critical points in history. MCC preaches God’s message to celebrate diversity across cultures and ethnicities. As the victims of the Pulse shooting are remembered, we commit to acts of compassion and justice. We strive to resist structures that oppress people and speak boldly on behalf of those in the margins,” said Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Global Interim Moderator. “I commend each clergyperson, each individual, who pauses on the first anniversary of Pulse so that our community can respond in prayer and with hope to influence our future.”
For more information, please email Rev. Alycia Erickson or call her at [512] 762 4419.

PULSE Memorial Background

June 12, 2016, the sanctuary of Pulse, a popular gay bar in Orlando, Florida, USA, was shattered when a gunman came in near 2:00 am and started shooting, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. It was the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ+ people in U.S. history, surpassing the fire at the Upstairs Lounge in 1973 that killed 32 people.

In addition to being a bar that catered to the LGBTQ+ community, Saturday night at Pulse was Latin night, with a variety of different kinds of Latin dance music played and attracting Latinx queer and straight people from across the region. This shooting was an attack clearly targeting LGBTQ+ people of color. It was an event that rocked the entire world as the effects of hate and violence evoked responses of shock and disbelief, then turning to actions of compassion and solidarity.

Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the USA and other countries worldwide. MCC recognizes a state of need around the world in the areas of human rights and justice. As people of faith, MCC endeavors to build bridges that liberate and unite voices of sacred defiance. MCC leads from the margins and transforms.