Equality UUCA

UUCA, as a Welcoming Community, will renew its commitment to working toward LGBTQ justice and equality, actively affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

State Arlington, VA
Members: 43
Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2013

Documentary Film Premier @ UUCA!

Equality UUCA is excited to announce the premier of a new film here at UUCA on October 21st!

Before God, we are all family

Tuesday, Oct. 21st

Reception at 7:00pm, Film at 7:30pm

Followed by a discussion

Free and open to all!


PRIDE*PRIDE*PRIDE -- Northern Virginia Pride, that is!

The first-ever Northern Virginia Pride Festival is almost here, and YOU are invited to celebrate!Take a shift at the UU Congregations of Northern Virginia booth, or help at the Metro DC PFLAG booth, or the People of Faith for Equality in Virginia booth, or volunteer help the festival organizers -- or just show up and celebrate!

What: Northern Virginia Pride Celebration!

When: Sunday, October 5

Time: 12 - 7 pm

Where: Bull Run Special Events Center in Centreville, VA

Info: www.novapride.orgTo volunteer for UU booth, Metro DC PFLAG booth, or POFEV booth: eafogarty (at) aol.comTo volunteer with festival



Join the UU Contingent at the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 7! We meet at 4 pm on 23rd Street between Q&P Streets, NW. Don your turquoise UUCAVA t-shirt and get ready to toss some beads!We could use a few more volunteers at the UU Booth at the Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 8th -- particularly needed between 4:30 - 7:30. Contact if you can help!


Standing on the Side of Love

Join members of Equality UUCA and People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV) as we stand with gay and lesbian couples applying for marriage licenses across Virginia and highlight the inequality that still persists. There are two events happening locally in our area. One in Arlington at the Arlington County Courthouse (10:00am) and one in Fairfax at the Fairfax County Courthouse (1;00pm). Join us as a Witness for Love!


Equality UUCA at EV Day of Action - January 28, 2014

Five members of Equality UUCA made the trip to Richmond on Tuesday January 28th for Equality Virginia's annual Day of Action (formerly known as Lobby Day). We had a successful visit and were able to meet with our State Senators (including Adam Ebbin and Barbara Favola) and State Representatives. We shared our stories, thanked them for all their hard work for LGBT equality and left with a renewed sense of purpose and optimism! At the evening reception, we were able to meet our new Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General! A little snow didn't get in the way of a great trip!


Equality Virginia Day of Action - January 28th

Join members of Equality UUCA as we head to Richmond on January 28th to participate in Equality Virginia's Day of Action. Formerly known as Lobby Day, this annual event brings together more than 200 EV members and activists from across the state. Activities include meeting legislators to discuss bills important to the LGBT community and attending workshops hosted by some of the area’s top attorneys and fellow activists. - For more information and to register go to the Equality Virginia Day of Action website.

We are currently organizing carpools to this event. If you'd like to join us (as a driver or a passenger), contact Elizabeth Fogarty at


Making Change in Virginia:
People of Faith for Equality in Virginia,
Equality Virginia and You!

A Call for Action - An Invitation to Hope

December 11, 2013
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington
(intersection of Route 50 and South George Mason Drive, free parking)

Join LGBT advocates and allies as we hear from People of Faith for Equality in Virginia President Rev. Robin Gorsline
and Kirsten Bokenkamp of Equality Virginia. How does the recent election impact the lives and hopes of LGBT Virginians? Learn about Equality Virginia’s legislative priorities and how you can support and participate in Equality Virginia's Day of Action and the Valentine’s Day Witness for Love being organized by People of Faith for Equality in Virginia.

Get informed, get involved, so Virginia can get moving toward equality for all.

For more information on the upcoming actions:

Equality Virginia's Day of Action
January 28, 2014

People of Faith for Equality in Virginia's Witness for Love
February 14, 2014


"Love Heals Homophobia" - Nov. 19 at 7:30 pm

Join Equality UUCA on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, as we view the documentary "Love Heals Homophobia," a short documentary that premiered last month in the DC area. In the film, four pastors respond to anti-gay efforts in Africa. Also join us for discussion afterwards, and our general group meeting!

Guest Speaker at Equality UUCA

Please join Equality UUCA as we welcome Angeline Jackson, a lesbian activist from Jamaica. Angeline will discuss her personal experiences of being a lesbian in Jamaica where it is illegal to be gay. She'll also talk about her
work as an activist. How can we as UU's make a difference in the wider world?

Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 7:30 - 9 pm
Location: Volunteer Room at UUCA

Screening of "Love Heals Homophobia"

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill with the St. Paul's Foundation for International Reconciliation is hosting an inaugural showing of "Love Heals Homophobia", a film made in response to an appeal from some of the countries where being LGBT is illegal.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring the film's producers, clergy and supporters.  For more information, see the attached flyer.

When: Friday, Oct. 11at 7:00pm.

Where: 301 A. Street, SE





Capital Pride 2013 is here, rain or shine!  Here's what you need to know:


Pride Parade, Saturday, June 8, 4:30 pm:  The UU Contingent number is B-2, in the BLUE section.  We will line up on 22nd Street NW, between P & Q Streets.  Enter 22nd Street from Q Street.   Pride map at

Parade begins at 4:30, the Blue section will probably start walking around 5.  Some of us need to be there by 3:45 so the organizers know that we are really showing up!  Let me know if you can be there early with me --


Wear your turquoise UUCA t-shirt if you have one.  I'm picking up more shirts on Friday afternoon and can drop one by your house - $10 for the shirt, free delivery in Arlington!


Pride Festival, Sunday, June 9, noon - 7:

We don't know our UU booth location yet, but we do know that a few more volunteers are needed!  Let Kelly Schlageter know if you can help out:


Happy Pride 2013!


So many ways to celebrate PRIDE this month!

1)  Right here in Arlington, come to the Arlington County Central Library on Sunday, June 2 at 7:45 pm to celebrate the opening of the "Love Makes A Family" photo exhibit!  People of Faith for Equality in Virginia is hosting this opening celebration, Java Shack is providing refreshments, and your presence will make it a party! The library closes promptly at 9 pm, so take some time before the reception to check out the exhibit. 

Help set up the reception!  We have 15 minutes to make the library auditorium beautiful, and could use additional hands.  contact: Rhonda Buckner at

“Love Makes a Family,” a museum-quality photography exhibit highlighting the lives of families with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members, will be shown at the Arlington Central Library throughout the month of June. The exhibit is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, with support of other local congregations.  Central Library, Arlington, is located at 1015 N. Quincy Street, near the Virginia Square Metro station.
2)  Saturday, June 8: Walk with the UU Contingent in the Capital Pride Parade!  For the fourth year, UUCA joins with other area UU congregations to share our message of love and welcome to the LGBT community.  We'll meet around 3:45 to be in place for the 4:30 start of the parade.  Contact:  Elizabeth Fogarty at
3) Sunday, June 9, 12 - 7 pm: Staff the UU booth at the Capital Pride Festival!  We'll be taking instant photos in front of a big Standing on the Side of Love banner to give festival-goers a lasting memento.  Hang out with other UU's!  Meet new people! Contact Kelly Schlageter at to volunteer.
"We Have Faith" photo exhibit at UUCA







UUCA invites members and friends to drop in to view a new photo exhibit - WE HAVE FAITH - which portrays 24 openly LGBT clergy from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths in America along with stories in their own words.

The exhibit is located in the Chapel and is open 2-7pm weekdays -- 9am-5pm Sat -- 1-5pm Sun, thru May 15.


Marriage Equality Play "8" Reading - April 12th at UUCF, Sponsored by Equality UUCF

Equality UUCF is proud to announce a one-night only staged reading of “8,” a play chronicling the historic trial on Friday, April 12 at 8 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF).  This landmark marriage equality play is written by Dustin Lance Black, the Academy-Award winning screenwriter of Milk and J. Edgar.  The play will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. There will be a talk back following the play led by Claire Gutherie Gastanaga, executive director of ACLU Virginia.  Free childcare is available with advance reservation (by April 8) by emailing The $10 tickets are available for advance purchase at  Tickets (if available) will be sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

More information about this event is available in the attached flyer.8%20flyer.docx

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) is located at 2709 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton, VA.


Supreme Court Hears Prop 8 and DOMA March 26 and 27 - Rallies and Interfaith Service Planned

Demonstrate Your Support for Equal Treatment For LGBT Love ...

by coming out to the rally on the steps of the Supreme Court  with Equality UUCA members and friends (all are welcome!) on Tuesday March 26. 

The United for Marriage website gives all details at

We've reserved the Standing on the Side of Love Banner and plan to be there at 9 a.m.(although it does start at 8:30 for all who want to be punctual! Breakfast after for anyone who wants to (we'll find a restaurant, government cafeteria, or maybe go  back to Arlington). Hope to have a strong showing of support. TV cameras are sure to be there!


Special Meeting of Equality UUCA:: Spirit of 76 Worldwide: Working for Change in the 76 Countries with Anti LGBT laws

Join us Tuesday March 5, 7:30 - 9 pm with special guests:

Eric Scharf, Local Coordinator, will describe the plight of LGBT advocates in countries where their lives are in danger and discuss the organization’s efforts to help them. He will update us on progress since the conference last year and  will also report on a new  asylum initiative of the DC  LGBT community center .

Peter (not his real name), an advocate from Ethiopia will share his story  about why he left and his efforts to gain asylum in this country.


UUCA Rainbow Meetup Academy Awards Event-February 24th

Join UUCA Rainbow Meetup (the "social" section of Equality UUCA) for an Academy Awards Party on February 24th (6pm)! Two of our members, Antonio and Gerardo, are hosting and have reserved the Club House in their condo building.


2100 Lee Hwy Apt. 429
Arlington, VA

Our hosts will provide popcorn, a couple of small dishes and some soft drinks and beer. Please bring a snack/finger food or a beverage to share. The show starts at 7:00pm, so plan to arrive around 6:00pm for a chance to socialize before then! You may stay for as little or as long as you like.

To RSVP and for more information about UUCA Rainbow Meetup, contact Leah at




Join members of Equality UUCA, People of Faith for Equality in Virginia and Equality Virginia as we gather to show support and respect for all families in Virginia and raise awareness for marriage equality.  After brief remarks by faith leaders, gay and lesbian couples will apply for marriage licenses.


Details for the Arlington Event:

When: February 14 from 10:00-11:00am

Where: Courthouse Plaza, 1425 North Courthouse Road, Arlington Map


For More information, visit Equality Virginia's Website


I hope to see you at next Tuesday's Equality UUCA meeting -- we have a lot to talk about!  -- Elizabeth Fogarty

Equality UUCA
FEbruary 5, 2013
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Chalice and Check-in

How can we make UUCA more welcoming -- or is it welcoming enough already?  What does a GLBT person encounter here that lets them know they and their families are welcome?   How are trans people welcomed? 

Equality UUCA has $500 in our budget.  How do we want to spend it?
Pride? Signage? Event? Speaker? Programming? Other?

We Have Faith photo exhibit
The Family Diversity Project offers a 20-photo "We Have Faith" exhibit of LGBT faith leaders and familiesIt has been displayed at Cedar Lane UU and several United Church of Christ congregations in the area.  Do we want to display?  With programming?

POFEV-NOVA Valentine's Day Marriage Equality Witness at Arlington Courthouse
Plans are in development for a Marriage Equality Witness at the Arlington Courthouse on Thursday, February 14, being organized by People of Faith for Equality in Virginia - Northern Virginia. 

UU's at Capital Pride 2013 -- June 8 & 9
-- for UUCA participation, need volunteers to: publicize in newsletter, Page 2, and UUCA website; coordinate people for parade (take names & follow up with details); create or locate signs and banners for UUCA group; coordinate UUCA volunteers for festival, plan our social hall presence
-- Also seeking a volunteer to coordinate whole UU contingent for parade, and volunteer(s) to design and lead festival booth -- hope to find someone from another congregation

Discussion topics for the next 6 months and speakers:
what topics/resources are we interested in learning more about? 
Examples: immigration as it affects same-sex couples, homelessness among LGBT youth, Arlington county resources for LGBT people, domestic violence and LGBT families, Trans 101, Uganda
Speakers:  who will contact?


UU-UNO Spring Conference -- Bernie

Arlington PFLAG -- Gerda/Elizabeth

Rainbow MeetUp -- Susan/Leah

Equality UUCA group page -- Leah

report from Equality VA Day of Action in Richmond -- Elizabeth


Equality Virginia is hosting it's annual Day of Action (formerly known as Lobby Day) on January 29th in Richmond Virginia, Join more than 200 members and activists from across the state for an opportunity to meet legislators and discuss bills important to the LGBT community and attend workshops focusing on moving equality forward in Virginia.


Members of Equality UUCA are planning to attend this event. For more information and to register, visit the Equality Virginia Day of Action website.

UUCA Rainbow Meetup Brunch - January 13th!
Join the UUCA Rainbow Meetup group (the social component of Equality UUCA!) for our next meetup to kick off the new year!
Where: Freddie's Beach Bar, 555 South 23rd Street, Arlington.
If you want to carpool, meet us by the information desk by 12:30pm (following the second service).
RSVP and Questions: Email Leah Pellegrino at
Equality UUCA meeting scheduled for January 2 is cancelled.  Next meeting: Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 - 9 pm.
Equality UUCA honors World AIDS Day
Please join Equality UUCA to honor World AIDS Day (December 1st is the actual day) on Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 - 9 p.m. at UUCA.  Our guest speaker, Jane Beddoe, Executive Director of the Northern VA AIDS Ministry (NOVAM), will share her story about working with people with AIDS and tell us about their current programs. We will help NOVAM and the community by assembling Safe Sex Kits as she speaks.

We will also have a very brief business meeting to review our Come OUT to Lunch event and start planning for the February People of Faith for Equality in VA Marriage Equality Event for Valentines Day.
Let's continue the discussion about how we as a congregation can make a difference for LGBT equality.  


4th Annual

Northern Virginia Interfaith

Transgender Day of Remembrance*

November 20th, 7pm

at the

Metropolitan Community Church

of Northern Virginia

10383 Democracy Lane

Fairfax, VA 22030


*The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize

those who have been killed due to anti trans gender violence, hatred, and prejudice.

This event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998, began the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999.

Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-trans murder cases — has yet to be solved.

Over the last decade, more than one person per month has been killed

due to trans gender-based hate, bias, or prejudice.

Sadly, this trend shows no sign of abating.


You Are Invited to Come OUT To Lunch

Light Luncheon and Conversation

Sunday, November 11

12:30 – 2:00 pm (after second service)

Board Room & Board Lounge

We gather as GLBT people and straight allies to share our stories,

or our family’s stories, or just to listen and learn.

Most of all, we gather to get to know one another.

Hosted by

Equality UUCA, UUCA Rainbow MeetUp, PFLAG in Arlington

Please RSVP:

Gerda Keiswetter –

Elizabeth Fogarty –

Childcare available if you let us know by Thursday, Nov. 8


Wonderful Inclusive hymn from Minnesota!!



The Human Rights Campaign is hosting it's next Equality Talks event in Washington DC featuring a reading and discussion with Bishop Gene Robinson HRC Religion Council Member and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Author of God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage.

Monday, October 1
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC

This event is free. For more information, please visit the HRC website


Learning about Transgender Identity - Standing On The Side Of Love

Standing on the Side of Love is offering a webinar - "Transgender Identity and Inclusion" on October 17th from 7:00-8:15pm. The webinar is an interactive workshop presented by Alex Kapitan, a transgender UU, at the UU Congregation in Cambridge MA. The webinar will "offer a crash course in transgender identity and provide practical and concrete ways to increase your mindfulness and support of people of all identities and ways of expressing gender."

The webinar is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit the Standing on the Side of Love blog


Share the Plate for Metro DC PFLAG and Equality VA + ALY concert on August 10!

Even with summer heat, construction at UUCA, and summer vacations, August is shaping up to be a big month for Equality UUCA! 

Equality UUCA is the sponsor of this month's Share the Plate.  The organizations are Equality Virginia and Metro DC PFLAG.  The first of our UU principles is to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person -- these organizations working for LGBT equality and acceptance speak directly to that principle.  We'll have an information table in the fellowship hall during coffee hour each Sunday this month -- can you help?  Contact Elizabeth Fogarty or Rhonda Buckner.


And -- ALY - Arlington LGBTQ Youth, the Metro DC PFLAG-sponsored youth group that meets at UUCA, hosts a LGBTQA (for Ally) Teen Concert on Friday, August 10 from 7 - 10 pm!  Positive Force DC is helping to coordinate this show featuring 3 teen bands/groups and B. Steady.  It will be a blast -- tell all the teens you know and sign up to chaperone!  Contact Marc deFrancis to volunteer.


Two Equality UUCA activities in July: 


ALY - Arlington LGBTQ Youth, holds a teen movie night on Friday, July 13, from 7 - 10 pm.  Chaperones needed -- contact Elizabeth at eafogarty"at"  ALY is the MetroDC PFLAG-sponsored group for LGBTQ teens & straight allies hosted at UUCA by Equality UUCA.


Next Equality UUCA meeting -- Tuesday, July 31, 7:30 - 9 pm.  All are invitedas we put the finishing touches on our Share the Plate activities for August, and plan our participation in the LGBT issues conference hosted by Equality UUFairfax in October.


Photos from Pride Festival 2011

Ugandan LGBQT, Rev. Kiyimba, activist speaks at UUCA

Trans 101 at ALY - Arlington LGBTQ Youth - Sunday, June 3, 3-4:30 pm
Youth and Adults are invited to a presentation by two members of the DC Trans Coalition, as they share their stories and experiences.  ALY - Arlington LGBTQ Youth, a program of MetroDC PFLAG, is sponsored by Equality UUCA.

Equality UUCA Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, June 5 - Please Come!

Equality UUCA Agenda

Tuesday June 5, 7:30 p.m.

Getting Ready for Pride!

August Share The Plate (Metro DC PFLAG and Equality Va) 

What next?

Metro DC PFLAG and our groups

People of Faith for Equality in VA – do we want to use their agenda as ours for next year?                                           

Equality UU Fairfax  conference and Interfaith service – October

Lobby Day/ Northern VA breakfast          January

Marriage Equality Courthouse event       Feb 14  Valentines Day 


OR  do another big project? … or approach other UUCA groups to do joint meetings/event?

i.e torture, immigration …or something else?

Summer Schedule




Equality UUCA


April 4, 7:30 p.m.

Stop Bullying – Celebrate our accomplishment - tell stories, highlights,
discuss what worked, what could have been better. Should there be followup work on bullying? All volunteers and others in our group are encouraged to attend! Bring a snack/dessert to share if you’d like!

Plan for Pride

Report on People Of Faith meeting



Photos from our visit to Capitol Hill to deliver thank-you's to our Congressional Members who supported repeal of DADT:


Discussion Forum

Who's going? Agenda for the May 7 LGBTQ Youth: Community Needs & Resources 1 Reply

FYI Equality UUCA is a cosponsor of this event.  Attached is a handout, please spread the word. Is anyone interested in car pooling? I need a one-way ride to Cedar Lane UUC.  Hope you'll be attending the UUCA Congregation-wide Social Justice Gathering Saturday  morning from 9-12 and then head over to the UUSJ event.  What could be better than a marathon Social Justice Day!Lavona_____________________Supporting LGBTQ Youth: Community Needs and Resources Saturday, May 7 1:00pm-5:00pm Chalice…Continue


Started by Lavona Grow. Last reply by Elizabeth Fogarty Apr 22, 2011.

April Meeting Minutes

Equality UUCAMinutesApril 5, 2011 At the regular monthly meeting of Equality UUCA on Tuesday, April 5, 2011,Kathy Smith, Rhonda Buckner, Elizabeth Fogarty, Rev. Carlton Smith, Gerda Keisweitter, Juliet Purll, Raymond Sidney-Smith, Susan Craig, Marc DeFrancis were in attendance. The meeting began at 7:30 in UUCA rm 13-15. DADT Funeral Celebration:  Review of Sunday’s DADT repeal celebration. Majority of the comments were positive, including help, food, attendance, speakers, and program.Specific…Continue

Started by Juliet Purll Apr 7, 2011.

Help! Need to name LGBTQ Youth Group! 1 Reply

Hello friends,We need to come up with a name -- at least a beginning name -- for the PFLAG-sponsored LGBTQ Youth group we plan to launch next month.  The group will be open to youth from the DC/northern va area, grades 7 - 12.  Suggestions needed!  Post them here or send them to me at suggestions so far include:Arlington LGBTQ Youth -- ALY; Our Time Our Place for LGBTQ Youth; Arlington Youth Equality Society (AYES); Arlington Rainbow Youth; Our Space Our Time for LGBTQ Youth;…Continue

Started by Elizabeth Fogarty. Last reply by Marc DeFrancis Mar 15, 2011.

FYI, speaking in the name of the church

We have frequently come up against the policy of Speaking in the Name of the Church.For our reference, here is the link on this website to the pdf version of the policy. Statements in the Name of the ChurchPeople in our church often feel called by faith to witness for social justice in the larger community. Before making a statement, please read and follow the guidelines for acting, speaking or writing, …Continue

Started by Juliet Purll Mar 15, 2011.

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Comment by Juliet Purll on July 20, 2012 at 11:20am

Please enter information about UUCA into the survey at this link!

(Information is below about People of Faith for Equality in Virginia. Taken from an Equality Virginia e-mail...)

People of Faith for Equality in Virginia - Organization Highlight

Founded in 2004, POFEV is an interfaith network of people whose commitment to social justice and LGBT equality stems from the deep commitment to their various faith traditions. POFEV’s website provides resources for Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faith communities seeking a more inclusive congregation. The organization also works to build its network and resources for Virginia’s LGBT community. If you belong to or know of a welcoming faith community, please take 2-5 minutes to complete this survey. Information provided about the faith community will be shared with People of Faith for Equality in Virginia.

A stronger network of welcoming faith communities counters the polarizing tension between LGBT rights and religious freedom. It supports the notion that accepting LGBT freedom is not inherently anti-Christian or blasphemous. Welcoming faith leaders help the community to adopt policies that support both religious liberty and personal freedom.

Comment by Elizabeth Fogarty on June 1, 2012 at 2:23pm


Capital Pride Parade steps off Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm -- bring your UU Pride!  We'll announce our line-up location on Wednesday, June 6 -- watch this space for more info!

Comment by Elizabeth Fogarty on June 10, 2011 at 10:09am
Capital Pride Parade -- UU Contingent is group Y-07 (Y for Yellow).  Our line-up location is N Street NW, between 23rd & 24th.  Gather by 5 pm for the 5:30 start of the Parade.  Wear your UUCA tshirt (let me know if you need one) or Standing on the Side of Love tshirt!  Bring a water bottle -- it will be hot!
Comment by Sarah Masters on June 2, 2011 at 1:36pm
Check out this post from Ronda Bernstein, about the DADT funeral.
Comment by Elizabeth Fogarty on May 29, 2011 at 10:18pm

Here are photos from our visit to Capitol Hill:

Comment by Marc DeFrancis on February 7, 2011 at 9:05pm

Okay --

  I'm 24 hours behind schedule, everyone, because I lost my computer's functionality for a day.

  I'm revising the invitation now, taking into consideration the requests and suggestions from Carlton and Rhonda and Ray. I will create two alternative versions for y'all to discuss and vote on Tuesday.

   Re Rhonda's important "Trans" question:  This is the most controversial pieces of unfinished business-- the DADT repeal bill says nothing about Trans people, and neither did DADT. I don't know the details, but I'm pretty sure discrimination based on gender identity will remain legal in the military and will have to be addressed separately.

Comment by Rhonda Buckner on February 7, 2011 at 12:40am

OK, I"m late, but only by 1/2 an hour - I should be in bed by now!

Outside: delete "come"

Inside: Is this the invite for outside folks (since we say "join the members and clergy" ?  and in addition to advocates, we want to thank our representatives who voted (even if they don't come, we'll have cards(poster board size)  for guests to sign, I hope. Also, I'm still stuck on having "New Orleans style funeral celebration of DADT on the cover- can we talk about it on tuesday - or is there a reason you don't want to have the word funeral on the cover? I think it's the draw! finally, are Trans people left out of this law- or are they just considered the gender they assume?




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