First Universalist Church of Essex a Unitarian Universalist Church
Sunday Services 10:00 AM
Photo by Mike Dyer
PFLAG provides an opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
PFLAG meets at our Church the First Tuesday of every month.
Support: to cope with an adverse society,
Education: to enlighten the public,
Advocacy: to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
Suggested background reading:
While there is frequent, brutal persecution of gay people around the world, there is also the pervasive, subtle persecution which is implemented in our own society, or countries we consider enlightened. For example, the two children's books mentioned above - Heather's Two Mommies, (1989) and King & KIng (2010), were banned in libraries in the US when they first came out: one for mentioning that same-sex couples could have children, the other for suggesting that two same-sex children could fall in love; I know, because I had to buy my own copies for my children! And since most kids (and families) who are uncomfortable nowadays in their gender identity are trans kids, we can celebrate the fact that the novel "This is how it always was" was offered by the Essex public library last year for the monthly reading group!
And, for the family still quarantined at home during Pride Month,
Movies and Stories from WGBH public television:
WGBH Celebrates #PrideInsidehttps://www.wgbh.org/pride
In the News
Gay Panic Defense Act (2018): Sen. Ed Markey (D. MA) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D.MA)
And on "intersectionality", additional current thinking from within the gay community:Pride looks like a party, but it is a celebration of human rights, fight for civil rights, and about being "seen" when you are an "Other".
Any Gay Pride month conversation could tie in the idea that the original Stonewall Riot was led by a black, trans person
Both share centuries of oppression, I don't want to weigh them against one another here
Some contrasts between LGBT community and African-American Community:
LGBT rights and pride Often associated with white cis male upper income privilege (I am squarely there, and many of my friends have a bunch of those privileges)
LGBT community No longer scared for life (in most of the country), and specially not from authority figures - Major exception for Trans women of Color, 18 hate crime deaths and counting this year
How mostly white people can still lead a protest - Chicago article, noting that queer-initiated protest in Chicago for the black lives matter cause last Monday had the huge privilege of being mostly white, and that was probably why there were no major police conflicts.
HRC + 100 groups have written a letter about their rejection of the violence and violations of freedom underlying this protest
(these groups include PFLAG National, Boston's BAGLY, MASS Equality, and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.)
If this all seems a bit much, the New York times suggests a few movies -
(NYT 6/2/2020. Arts section Page C1.)
"3 days ago - Here are seven films that will deliver the revolution, camaraderie and flirtatiousness of Pride right to your home. 'Gay USA' (1977) Stream on Amazon Prime. 'Jeffrey' (1995) Stream on Fandor or Hoopla. 'Pride' (2014) Stream on Amazon Prime. 'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson' (2017) Stream on Netflix."