Upcoming dates for Living in the Tension Gatherings

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    We have solidified the summer schedule for our Living in the Tension gatherings. As always, they will start at 7pm at 5255 N. Ashland Ave Room 120: Tuesday June 9th (this coming Tuesday!) Monday June 22nd (mandatory for any participants in June 28th’s Chicago Pride I’m Sorry Campaign) Monday July 13th Monday July 27th These [Read More...]

Transition

To our followers, partners, and friends: There has been a recent silence on our social media accounts and blog because the Board and I (Andrew) are in the middle of some organizational change. As in every organization’s lifespan, there are periods of transition. And after 12 years of The Marin Foundation creating a new path [Read More...]

He Knows Their Name: The Mom of a Transgender Teen Speaks Out

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For sixteen years, that name was the one that the child used. When they were 14 and came out as gender fluid and pansexual, they flirted with another more androgynous name, but it never really caught on. As an affirming parent, I could wrap my head around their orientation and support it, but when I asked if they wanted me to call them that name, it was always with a sense of, “Please, don’t want that,” behind it. And for a while, those unspoken words were heeded. They were ambivalent about the name, and were content for those who knew about their orientation to continue to use their birth name. [Read more...]

Living in the Tension this Monday (5/4)

Please join us this Monday for a very special open-mic/bring-something-to-share/talent show night at our Living in the Tension gathering! This has become something of an annual tradition for us, and it’s always fun and inspiring to see and hear the artwork, songs, book passages, poems, stories, etc. that people bring to share with the group. [Read More...]

Conforming Toward Normalcy

Even though for many there is no longer a need to conform to conservative or Christian values, the felt needs to conform towards normalcy are no less intense. Just look to the popular MTV show Catfish. This docudrama details the all-too-common scenario of fake personalities online engaging in emotionally invested relationships that also happen online. The hook of Catfish [Read More...]

Living in the Tension this Monday (4/20)

  At this Monday’s Living in the Tension gathering, we’ll be talking about gender, how we experience it and express it. As a jumping off point, we’ll listen to a 15 minute audio clip from This American Life of an interview with a man who took high doses of testosterone, and how it changed the [Read More...]

“Am I a Bad Christian for Loving My LGBTQ Child?”

Finally they voiced the deeper question that drove all their worries, “Are we wrong if we unconditionally love and support our son?”

I was caught off-guard and almost fell out of my chair. [Read more...]

Trans Invisibility: An Interview With Our Friend Eli

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How often do we really recognize full diversity of experience, expression and identity encompassed by the acronym LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender– and increasingly Queer: LGBTQ)? When we refer to this community as it is some kind of monolith, who gets ignored?

I’m joined today on the blog by my friend Eli, who is trans, to talk about the T in LGBT. He’ll be the first to tell you that he doesn’t speak for the entire trans community, and that his experience is innately unique. But like any experience, it’s valid. And I imagine it will resonate with many others, in and outside the trans community, who have been made to feel invisible. [Read more...]

ACTIVE Conference Coming to Chicago

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This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here. – The Marin Foundation is thrilled to partner with our friends at Love Without Agenda and Oasis for an amazing mini-conference here in Chicago at the end of this month. Steve Chalke (whom [Read More...]

Such a Bridge Is Possible

“When trapped in a power-based system where the dominant entity dictates cultural normalcy, anything outside the traditional realm of what is commonly understood as acceptable is automatically viewed by those in charge as sketchy and unreliable. It is almost as if it is their job as “protectors of the way things are” to undermine any new work and [Read More...]

Living in the Tension This Monday (4/6)

  At this Monday’s Living in the Tension gathering, we’ll be discussing the religious freedom law recently passed in Indiana and Arkansas, described by many as promoting discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. We’ll be discussing what constructive conversation looks like on this particular issue, considering many of us have strong family and social ties to our neighboring state. As [Read More...]

Impact Trumps Power

“Current culture war ideology says with correctness comes power. Add on to that the fact that many in today’s power-based culture believe that power is the key factor which influences the masses. However, something more important trumps power: impact. Having power is one thing. Having the ability to earn high levels of buy-in by the [Read More...]

Living in the Tension This Monday (3/23)

Hope you can make it out this Monday to our next Living in the Tension gathering! We’ll be discussing the experience of coming out of the closet: whether it’s alienating or liberating (or both),  and whether it’s similar to being vulnerable about other areas of one’s life. As always, we will meet at 7 pm [Read More...]

It’s Not A Tragedy.

This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here.  – It’s been a busy month for us here at The Marin Foundation. In addition to putting on another set of our Culture War Curriculum classes with our Director of Education and [Read More...]


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