The UUS:E Welcoming Congregation Steering Group sponsored a reception in honor of National Coming Out Day on Thursday evening, October 10th. Participants told stories of coming out and reflected on the progress the United States has made in recent years in moving towards full equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. We also noted that despite progress there is still much work to do both inside the church and in the larger society.
The next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Steering Group is Tuesday evening, November 12th. Between now and then our goal is to organize UUS:E members and friends to attend the 2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20th) in Hartford. We also want to begin a conversation at UUS:E about hanging a rainbow flag in the sanctuary as a strong symbol of our welcome to GLBTQ people.