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National Mental Health Awareness Month

First - take a deep breath. It is during times of stress, whether job or simply life stress, that I find quieting my mind and reflecting on the things we have accomplished refocuses my mind and improves my outlook. Recent attacks on our community and our values of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, (and I will add) belonging, can take a toll on us mentally as well as physically.  In a Trevor Project 2024 poll, 90% of LGBTQIA+ young people said their well-being was negatively impacted due to recent politics. It can impact our well-being and mental health. 

Remember, you nor I have to go it alone.  Our community is UNSTOPPABLE! We will persevere.  We will create space to reflect, recharge, express grief, celebrate victories, and we will do that through community.  Through the power of community, we find strength, joy, celebration, and the fierceness to move forward. 

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  • 30 May 2019 12:56 PM | Michael T. Tull (Administrator)

    This year is the 50th anniversary of the riots at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City.  This was the spark from which PRIDE as an annual event was born.  It would be false to suggest that the events of Stonewall in the last week of June 1969 were the genesis of the LGBTQ+ Rights movement, but it was a galvanizing force in LGBTQ+ political activism.  The LGBT version of "remember the Alamo." 

    Current members of our community may not fully know our history.  This is not the forum for a detailed account.  While there are notable characters in history who would probably now be considered members of the LGBTQ+ community today, there really wasn't a "community" to belong to then.  By the 1910s LGBTQ+ communities began to form in major cities.  During Prohibition many "speakeasies" formed around specific tastes of the patrons who attended them.  Just as Jazz Bars formed, so did gay bars. While there had been laws prohibiting specific activities for some time new laws appeared against same sex couples holding hands or dancing.  Many cities had laws against cross gender dressing as well with conviction leading to fines and imprisonment.  In the 1940s and 1950s, while suspected "communists" were rounded up, so to were LGBT people in what is now called the "Lavender scare."  Men and women lost jobs and military pensions as governments sought to find and expel any "deviant." 

    Gay rights organizations can be traced back to the 1920s where civic leaders tried to band community members together to "fight the system" but most attempts led to failure and getting "members" to sign up was difficult because so much could be denied anyone whose name appeared on such a list. 

    The events at Stonewall Inn in 1969 repeated in many ways in many communities across the country during the 60s and early 70s.  Stonewall is remembered because it was big, and it was noticed by the main stream media, and it was followed by an annual gathering by protest marchers a year later.

    But the march continues.  While the LGBT community is recognized in ways that would be unimaginable over 50 years ago, there are still men and women fired from their jobs, denied service at public establishments, and risk other forms of discrimination.   Rights we have earned are tenuous if not continuously asserted.  

  • 15 February 2019 2:43 PM | Contact Us (Administrator)

    Celeste Flemming is a long time member of the GLOBE community, one of its earlist members.  As a long time devotee of diversity and inclusion it is no surprise that the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City  awarded her with their "Courageous Love Award" on February 12, 2019.   In the presentation of the award the church recognized her recent work with Oklahoma City Youth United a GLBTQ+/SAGA youth group supported by First Unitarian.  "It was super nice, I cried and cried," Celeste said. "I remember doing "the Welcoming Congregation" back in the 1990s." Celeste has been a strong advocate for transgender rights at the FAA and MMAC as well.  "It is so important that we are inclusive to attract people of talent to join our mission."   We agree Celeste.  Thank you for fighting the good fight and pushing us all onward.  

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