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 …
There’s a great article today in the New York Times that offers some resources for anyone asking these questions. (And it mentions Metropolitan Community Churches as one of the resources!!)
You can contact me, Pastor Alycia at email@example.com, if you need to talk through any of these questions, or to talk about resources in the Colorado Springs area.
Please join us on Sunday, December 18 after worship service as we gather at the Union Printer’s Home to bring some holiday cheer! We will sing Christmas Carols for Union Printer’s Home residents.
This is always a great time. Everyone is welcome to join us! You don’t have to be a part of the band or even know how to hold a tune. The church will provide caroling booklets with the lyrics of each song.
We will leave after our worship service and meet at the Union Printer’s Home at 12 pm. Children are welcome to attend.