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  • Blog
    Tue, 26 Apr 2016
    ArticleDebunking The “Gay Lifestyle"

    American Idol finalist La’Porsha Renae made comments about the LGBTQ community that gave many pause. When asked about the controversial bill that was passed in her home state of Mississippi, Ranae said that she did not agree with any law that would discriminate against anyone. However, she went on to say that “I am one... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 26 Apr 2016
    ArticleMy Reflections on Intersections’ Interfaith Work

    I was visiting New York last week and was humbled to visit our counterpart, Intersections International and UPIC, and was glad to be part of the two days of interfaith activities organized by Rev. Robert Chase. The City of New York has quite a diversity of culture and faith backgrounds as I witnessed in the West End Collegiate Church... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Apr 2016
    ArticleSoundtrack of War - Podcast

    In anticipation of Service Together’s upcoming concert, Soundtrack of War, this week’s blog features a podcast of Veteran performer Brandon Mills. I first heard Brandon play at the Society of Artistic Veterans fundraiser back in January. His soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics were mesmerizing. I was in the early stages of... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 12 Apr 2016
    ArticleConfessions of Social Media User who Likes To Be...

    I have a pretty good thing going with Facebook: over 1000 friends, and I’ve actually met or hung out with over 90% of those friends at least once. Most of my close friends have an account, but a few don’t because they are not fans of Facebook, or social media in general for that matter.  Actually, many of my friends... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 12 Apr 2016
    ArticleWhat The Queerest Musical Ever Taught Me About...

    I left the Sunday matinee of Fun Home and blinked into the sunlight. We had decided to go spontaneously as the last stop of our whirlwind weekend in the city. I left the show feeling gob smacked. “I wonder what it was like to watch that if you’re a straight person with living parents and no gender trauma,” I... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 4 Apr 2016
    ArticleWhere is the soundtrack to the wars in Iraq and...

    In the year that my husband was deployed in Afghanistan I found music to be incredibly comforting. I lived in Baton Rouge but drove about an hour every morning out to the rural middle school where I taught math enrichment. I picked up my carpool mates in the dark and queued up my playlist as we pulled onto the highway. As my fellow... more...

  • Blog
    Tue, 29 Mar 2016
    ArticleNorth Carolina’s Anti-Trans Law

    On March 23, Republican state legislators in North Carolina convened a one-day legislative session to fast-track House Bill 2 with the explicit goal of overriding a local Charlotte ordinance that would have protected LGBT people from discrimination in housing and public accommodations. Sadly, the bill seemed to pass in a... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 28 Mar 2016
    ArticleBreaking News: Bombing in Pakistan

    UPDATE: After sharing this blog with our Pakistani friends and UPIC delegates, we received an outpouring of heartfelt and insightful responses. Please read Junaid Ahmad's words at the end of the blog, as well as the comments below. ___________________________________ On March 27, the New York Times reported: A suicide bomber set... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    ArticleA Trans Ally In A Tennessee Pew

    ADD YOUR NAME: Tell Tennessee Lawmakers to Block Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill Five years ago, I was a member of a Southern Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, listening to the same sermons as my Old Hickory Representative Susan Lynn. One Sunday, as our preacher dug deeper into Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I was struck by... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    ArticleOn PTSD

    My husband has PTSD and I have my husband. I would like to say that PTSD doesn’t play a large role in our lives and in our relationship, but it does. It is the subject of many a late-night, anxiety-induced conversation. It is a heightened sense of awareness, the split-second reaction to a backfiring car, my husband’s hands... more...

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