Ogden Pride!

OgdenPride-Logo-Round-200Come celebrate “Love Within Reach” at Ogden’s first Pride Festival on Aug. 1!

Tim Sharp and Pastor Gage are on the Ogden Pride Board of Directors and have been working with other volunteers, including Andy Nielsen, to plan and organize the festival.

Games, vendors, food, music and even a pet fashion show will entertain folks of all ages from 1:00 to 6:00 PM.

Our church will have a booth, and this is a good way to spread the good news about the Open and
Affirming spirit of Congregational UCC! Keep checking the official website, www.ogdenpride.org, for
updated announcements.

Safe Zone Training

Weber State University will provide Safe Zone Training from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, Nov. 22, at First United Methodist Church, 1339 W. 400 N., Marriott-Slaterville.

This topic of creating a safe zone for LGBT persons is relevant for our churches and our need to be hospitable and safe places. It is also relevant to our church members right before Thanksgiving and the holiday season when extended families get together and all kinds of family issues arise.

Here is a description of the Safe Zone Training from WSU presenter Karlee Berezay: Participants in the LGBT Resource Center Safe Zone Training can expect to be provided with basic information about the LGBT Community including topics such as sexuality, gender identity and expression, terminology, homophobia, heterosexism and ally development. Each session is taught in a safe environment, open to all questions and concerns about the LGBT community. The interactive and discussion-based experience will give participants the tools to be an effective ally for someone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

LGBT People More Likely to Be Uninsured

While the number of uninsured LGBT has decreased since the Affordable Care Act’s provisions requiring Americans to have health insurance, the number of LGBT that are uninsured is greater than non-­LGBT.

The LGBT community is one of the many groups targeted by the Obama administration for enrollment for health insurance. Both LGBT and non-­LGBT populations saw a drop in their uninsured status, but the gap remains.

One possible reason for this gap is that LGBT adults are significantly more likely to report that they did not have enough money to purchase health insurance (25 percent of LGBT adults as compared with 17 percent of non-­LGBT).

LGBT women are nearly twice as likely as non-­LGBT women to lack a personal physician. The gap between LGBT men and non-­LGBT men was not found to be significant.

What are the implications from this study for our church? We can support politicians and policy proposals that work for equity for the LBGT community nationally. We can find out more about the health needs of our local LGBT community.

I propose that we form an ongoing group to address these issues. I am willing to be a member of this group. It is one thing to say we are Open and Affirming and another thing to become actively involved. Anyone else who is interested please contact me.

Gary J. Gates is a Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, and is the source for the above information.

— Marty Mayo