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Akron Pride Dinner a Success!

Share the post “Akron Pride Dinner a Success!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Last night was the Akron Pride Center’s Annual Dinner. I was the chair of the dinner committee this year. I had a terrific committee. The evening was a huge success. Everyone seemed to have a great time. It went so smoothly. Of course, we were at the banquet hall most of the day dealing with final…

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PFLAG

Share the post “PFLAG” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Last night I attended my first PFLAG Akron meeting. My friend Joe and his mother Jean had asked me numerous times to go. I am so involved in other GLBT organizations and had not wanted to become involved in yet another group. Last evening was open on my calendar, and I was open to a new experience. I am so…

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LGBT Ohio… Vote for Obama!

Share the post “LGBT Ohio… Vote for Obama!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Here are some simple facts showing why I support Barack Obama… … sponsored legislation in Illinois that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.… scored 89 out of 100% in the 2006 HRC scorecard.… co-sponsored legislation to expand federal hate crimes laws to include crimes perpetrated because of sexual orientation and gender identity.… supports…

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A Faithful Gay Clergy

Share the post “A Faithful Gay Clergy” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Saturday morning our synod GLBT task force presented a ½ day study day on gay clergy in the ELCA. It turned our very well. Our guest speaker was a Pastor from New Jersey who is celebrating his and his partner’s 25th anniversary. He also has held a variety of positions within his synod. He did an amazing…

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Refrain and restraint gets a real test

Share the post “Refrain and restraint gets a real test” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint It’s been awhile since I have written a post on LGBT people and the ELCA. Three months have passed since the 2007 Churchwide Assembly in Chicago. Recently, there has been some notable news surrounding this issue. One of the resolutions passed at the assembly was to allow Bishops to exercise restraint in disciplining LGBT…

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Happy National Coming Out Day!

Share the post “Happy National Coming Out Day!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I had forgotten to mark my calendar for this event. It wasn’t until I received an email from HRC that I realized it was today. According to HRC, today marks the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington and the unfurling of the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall. National Coming Out…

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San Diego Mayor speaks from his heart

Share the post “San Diego Mayor speaks from his heart” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I have seen this video discussed in blogs over this past week. It is truly amazing. The mayor speaks on behalf of same sex marriage acknowledging that separate but equal is not the same as marriage. He was speaking of the unfairness of civil unions for same sex couples instead of marriage. Take a…

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Senator Larry Craig busted on podcast

Share the post “Senator Larry Craig busted on podcast” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Each week I download group of pod casts that I listen to on my drive to and from work. It’s an interesting mix of NPR, bear, gay and comedy pod casts. I love the spontaneity of these pod casts. Some are not of the best quality but are entertaining. Feast of Fools, billed as the…

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Chicago Pride Center

Share the post “Chicago Pride Center” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Last Saturday night after Churchwide Assembly, I met our friends Al and Keith and their friend Don at Market Days on Halstead. That is a huge street fair that goes for 6 blocks in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago. It was packed. We ate at Jack’s (The 2nd time I did last week.). Afterwards, we walked to the…

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Tom’s Story

Share the post “Tom’s Story” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I was asked to contribute my story as a gay Christian to a project where experiences of GLBT Lutherans are being compiled for publication. I decided to post it here. Tom’s Story I was born and raised in a rural Midwestern industrial city in the 50s and 60s where church and family were one. My family attended a large…

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