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LGBTQ Equality Media Kit

What is LGBTQ Equality?

LGBTQ equality refers to Unitarian Universalist religious advocacy in support of securing fully equal civil and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. Learn more about the range of rights issues included in these efforts.

Why do Unitarian Universalists Work to Achieve LGBTQ Equality?

Unitarian Universalists have a long history of working for justice in our communities and in the world. Guided by our Seven Principles, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) affirms that love between two men, two women, or one man and one woman creates caring relationships and families and provides nurturing environments for couples and their children.

Since 1970, when the UUA adopted a General Resolution opposing discrimination against homosexuals and bisexuals, we have supported the equal rights of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation. Read all of our social justice statements on LGBTQ equality, 1961-2011.

What is the UUA Currently Doing to Achieve LGBTQ Equality?

The UUA supports the work of member congregations in advocating for marriage equality at the state level and speaks out for marriage equality at the federal level through opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act. The Association also lends its support to other groups working to achieve LGBTQ equality through sign-ons and amicus curiae briefs.

As a religious denomination whose membership includes youth engaged in scouting at various levels, the UUA has been a longtime opponent of the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory policy excluding gay and lesbian members. As a result, some congregations have chosen to sponsor alternative scouting organizations with more inclusive membership policies. The UUA has also endorsed Scouts for Equality, a secular group working to end the BSA's ban on gay and lesbian members.

The UUA supports congregations' intentional outreach to LGBTQ people through the Welcoming Congregation and Beyond Categorical Thinking programs. The LGBTQ Ministries office of the UUA provides consultation and resources to help congregations promote acceptance, inclusion, understanding, and equity for LGBTQ persons within our denomination and in society at large.

The UUA sponsors the Standing on the Side of Love campaign, a faith-based public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love's power to stop identity-based oppression, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

Contact

If you are a member of the press and would like to speak with a UUA staff person about our work in this area, please contact:

Jill Goddard, Public Relations Director
(617) 948-4386
pr@uua.org

For more information contact pr @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, March 22, 2013.

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Hillary and Julie Goodridge were legally married in UUA headquarters by then-UUA President Rev. William Sinkford in May 2004. The Goodridges were lead plaintiffs in the landmark case that legalized same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Goodridge v. Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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