November 21, 2014

This week has been Transgender Awareness Week, culminating in yesterday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), on which we honor trans people who have been victims of homicide.   Some of you joined us yesterday in observance,  and we’ve compiled a few resources for those of you who want to read more.   The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal reports at least 270* trans people have been murdered in the last year alone, noting that those are only the reported incidents.  … Read more

November 19, 2014

…then you’ve missed a lot of great things.   Because we love you, here are some highlights: Michael writes about his experiences at The NINES conference and at The Reformation Project, sharing with us this video from The NINES:  and this one from The Reformation Project:    Laura writes about her experience at The Youth Cartel’s Summit, giving youth leaders practical ways to love their youth who come out.   We remind you to check out our parent support group list, give you a… Read more

November 17, 2014

I moved to Chicago two months ago now; I’m meeting with challenges here. Wear and tear, so far, includes the theft of my catalytic converter, a minor injury, and issues with my bank that’ve had me calling them weekly. Having worked in customer service, I know better than to antagonize folks who do the same. On my last phone call with the bank, though – the fifth, I think – I flipped, until someone finally explained the situation I was trying to address. And that was that. Read more

November 14, 2014

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, November 17th, we will be discussing body image. Our current intern, Anna Stokes, will be sharing a part of her story and leading us in discussing how we experience and think about this topic in our lives. We will be meeting at 5255 N Ashland Ave. in Room 124 at 7pm. If you’re available beforehand, we will be gathering to hang out and grab a bite to eat at Lady… Read more

November 10, 2014

The term “coming out” is an interesting phrase (with a long and fascinating history that you can find out about here). The imagery associated with it is one of emerging from a closet (a place of hiding) into a room (a shared space). It’s moving from a private space to a public one. It implies a decisive moment for an LGBTQ person. One minute their sexual orientation or gender identity is a secret, and the next it isn’t. Read more

November 4, 2014

It can be very difficult to find support groups specifically for Christian parents of LGBTQ children because they are few and far between and often not well advertised. Therefore The Marin Foundation spent the last few months researching and scouring the Internet to compile a list of these groups throughout the United States. Read more

November 3, 2014

In case you missed it (and if you did, you can sign up here), our October newsletter is here, and comes complete with this photo of your friendly staff over here at The Marin Foundation: If you’re in the area and free tonight, don’t forget to join us for our Living in the Tension gathering (details here). Much love! Read more

October 31, 2014

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, November 3rd, we will be discussing gender expression and roles. We will be meeting back in Room 124 on 5255 N Ashland Ave. at 7pm. If you’re available beforehand, we will be getting together at Lady Gregory’s on 5260 N Clark St. at 5:15pm to grab a bite to eat and hang out for a bit. We hope to see you there! Much love. Read more

October 27, 2014

In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. was locked up in a jail in Birmingham, Alabama.  In a letter addressed to his fellow clergymen, King reflected on his life’s work to that point and said “I must confess that I am not afraid of the word tension.  I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.”    The Christian community has been running from that constructive, nonviolent tension for too long… Read more

October 20, 2014

I grew up in a family whose most central value was “What happens in this house, stays in this house.” My parents, young Christians, had broken away from their own families as teenagers, and were celebrating parenthood before either of them had lived two full decades. As the years went on, the home would grow to be full of the three headstrong girls they were raising (thankfully, none of us high schoolers at quite the same time), and headstrong independence in children brings with it situations that leave young parents grasping for control of the narrative… my parents found their stability in adherence to their decree that the home was as good as Vegas and the stories therein would not be told. Read more

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