Unitarians established a church in the nation’s capital in 1821, and the first Universalist sermon in Washington was presented at city hall in 1827. Since these beginnings, Washington-area Unitarians and Universalists have created congregations that affirm ideals of religious liberalism: a commitment to religious freedom, a reasoned approach to faith, a hopeful view of human capacities to create a better world, and the belief that God is most authentically known as love. Images of America: Unitarians and Universalists of Washington, D.C. features prominent figures such as Robert Little, an English Unitarian who fled his native land and became minister of First Unitarian Church of Washington; political rivals John Quincy Adams and John C. Calhoun, both founding members of the congregation; and Clara Barton, who organized the American Red Cross after her experiences on the battlefields during the Civil War. In 1961, Unitarians and Universalists joined together, and the story continues as Unitarian Universalists interpret the values of religious liberalism for each new generation.
A Positive View of LGBTQ starts a new conversation about the strengths and benefits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGTBQ) identities. Positive LGBTQ identities are affirmed through inspiring firsthand accounts. Focusing on how LGTBQ-identified individuals can cultivate a sense of wellbeing and a personal identity that allows them to flourish in all areas of life, the authors explore a variety of themes. Through personal stories from people with a variety of backgrounds and gender and sexual identities, readers will learn more about expressing gender and sexuality; creating strong and intimate relationships; exploring unique perspectives on empathy, compassion, and social justice; belonging to communities and acting as role models and mentors; and, enjoying the benefits of living an authentic life. Providing exercises in each chapter, the book offers those who identify as LGBTQ and those who support and love them, as well as those seeking to better understand them, an opportunity to explore and appreciate these identities.
For LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it?
if you think your friend is a lesbian, can you ask her?
how do people become gay?
is it a sin? is it a choice?
No question goes unanswered in this important book about being gay. All the basics -- and not-so-basics -- are covered in more than one hundred questions asked by real teens just like you. So the answers contain all the info you want to know. And just in case you feel like sharing, there's a new "parents only" chapter to clue them in too.
Expert Eric Marcus has fully updated and revised this essential guide for today's readers. He candidly and clearly pushes aside the myths and misinformation about being gay and lesbian, answering all the questions that are on your mind.
This book is a whistle blower to the world that the long uncompromising denial of gay marriage rights is now becoming a global reality. The struggle between gay activists and homophobia against same—sex marriage had almost come to an end with religious groups and politicians losing the battle. This became possible as a result of gay aggressive activists of public pressure, for these minority group with different sexual identity that has awaken the world bodies, like the United Nations, the European parliament, and the United States of America. To date the international community has recognized that gay rights, are human rights, and human rights are gay rights, and has to be accepted globally. This signals the end of violence against [LGBT] people based on sexual orientation, and gender identity. Since the law is now on the side of gay for protection. The book reflects the efforts of gay rights activists and achievement they have made in recognition of gay marriage by the international bodies, starting with Europe, with the first gay marriage in Netherlands, followed by Belgium, Norway, Spain, and Portugal, etc, Same—sex marriage in the united states is not federally recognized, but such marriages are becoming more and more recognized by many states.
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