Rise Up Convos // Pride Month

The Summit Church exists to BELONG to God and each other, to BELIEVE in the unconditional love of Jesus for all, and to strive to BECOME known for our compassion and acceptance of people as they are. During the month of June, The Summit celebrates the image of God in the queer community by taking part in community events and encouraging education to LGBTQ+ allies. We encourage you to choose resources to dig into and deepen your understanding of allyship with the LGBTQ+ community.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (CEB)

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

On the list below, you’ll find recommendations that relate to LGBTQ+ history, justice movements, key figures, foundational information, and stories that speak to the identities and personal experiences of the queer community. These items are a collection of both educational and entertaining resources that touch on struggle and discrimination, but also joy and authenticity. This is certainly not a comprehensive list – and there is greater representation now in pop culture and “real life” than ever before – so we encourage you to seek out additional content related to topics of interest and continue to diversify the content you consume to build more inclusive habits.

Amanda’s Note: I have read/reviewed/listened to much of this content, but not everything. These are all resources that have been vetted or otherwise recommended on reputable forums, but you may want to screen for appropriateness, especially when sharing with children. I’d recommend sharing this content with a conversation or additional educational resource.

Non-fiction/Articles

Young Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction

Kids Books

Informative Videos

TV

  • Pose (scripted, Seasons 1-2 on Netflix, 3 on FX)
  • Schitt’s Creek (scripted, Seasons 1-5 on Netflix)
  • Queer Eye (reality tv, Netflix), especially:
  • “Preaching Out Loud” S5, E1
  • “God Bless Gay” S2, E1
  • Prideland (docuseries, PBS)
  • Pride (docuseries, FX)
  • Equal (scripted historical, HBO Max)

Film

Podcasts

Social Media Accounts (many are duplicated on multiple platforms, so search the app you use most – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.)

Upcoming Pride Month Events for The Summit Church

  • Saturday, June 12, 10-11 a.m. // Love is Love Flashmob  — Wear your rainbow swag and bring an affirming, loving sign to the downtown Sylva Fountain to show some inclusive love to our community.
  • Wednesday, June 23, 6-8 p.m. // Rise Up Theater — Join us at the Fairview building to watch an episode of Queer Eye and discuss the intersection of faith and LGBTQ+ identity and inclusion. Snacks will be provided! RSVP to thesummitsylva@gmail.com.
  • Friday, June 25, 3-5 p.m. // Fire & Flood Streaming & Conversation at SCC – SCC’s Holt Library is hosting a streaming event to view and discuss a documentary about “queer resilience in the era of climate change.” RSVP HERE by June 23.
  • Sunday, June 27, 10-2 p.m. // Safe Zone Training – Amanda Allen & friends will host an educational workshop to learn about inclusive language, issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, and becoming a better ally. This is a great session for new and experienced allies. RSVP to thesummitsylva@gmail.com.

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