Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary 2

Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary 2

Crowdfunding Completed: February 2, 2018

Amount Funded: $2670

Project Owner: First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse

Short Description of Project

Help us put love into action. Our dream is this conference will be safe place where trans and gender non-conforming folk to connect and where cis folk can learn to be better allies.

How was this project connected to UU?

Unitarian Universalism has a history of welcoming LGBTQ people. And while we have become a welcoming environment for lesbian and gay folks, we have not made as much progress understanding trans issues in order to become a more welcoming environment for more trans folks. Yesterday was the time to start this work.

We believe that our faith calls us to accept all people, regardless of who they love or what gender identity they claim. To enact this belief, we need to help our community become more versed in phrases like “gender non-conforming,” “genderqueer” and “gender binary.” We will also need to deepen our partnerships with local and regional organizations which support trans folks so we can stay in touch with that community’s needs.

This project is part of the continuing LGBTQ work of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse. It comes directly out of our commitment to respecting the dignity of all people, our first principle.

We have been working with the Q Center of Syracuse NY. The Q Center Central New York is a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, their families and allies to gather. Q Center programming seeks to promote equality, celebrate diversity, and create a safer, more accepting and inclusive community for all.

Full Description of Project

Award-winning writer, educator and storyteller S. Bear Bergman is the author of six books as well as the founder of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books and writer of the advice column Ask Bear for Bitch Magazine. His most recent book for grownups

And we are lucky enough to be welcoming Bear as our keynote speaker to our Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary conference on Feb 10, 2018. If you have ever heard him speak (and if you haven’t you should!) you know that this will be special! In addition to Bear we will be offering many workshops. Some of them are intended for folks who want to be good allies but don’t know much about gender-nonconforming issues. Workshops such as trans 101, and a panel of gender non-conforming folk. Some of the workshops are designed especially for folks who live beyond the binary; workshops such as trans inclusive medicine, trans parenting, A name and document legal clinic time. Some are focused on the future – a De-escalation workshop.

As a congregation it is our hope that this one day conference will be both a place where Trans and gender non-conforming folk can gather, connect and learn and where cisgender folk can learn about being better allies. We are also hoping that by hosting this conference we will make a BOLD statement to our larger community that we are a safe and welcoming community because we really do want to build beloved community beyond the binary. Last year we hosted our first Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary conference with Kate Bornstein as our keynote speaker. It was an AMAZING success. We had 140 people at the conference, 100 of them were from outside of our congregation. People felt safe, welcomed and supported. People learned and they connected with one another. We had gender neutral childcare where the kids had a lot of fun. We knew we had to do this again. The world so needs it.

Any funds that we raise over the $2500 will go to the Syracuse Q center.