“But I see your true colors shining through
I see your true colors and that’s why I love you
so don’t be afraid to let them show, your true colors
true colors are beautiful like a rainbow”
~Cindi Lauper, “True Colors”
We recognize the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and we support the inclusion of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or have other marginalized sexualities or gender identities (LGBTQ+). No matter who you love, you are wanted and welcome here in all aspects of this religious community.
Part of the Social Justice Committee, True Accotink Colors (TAC) is a group open to everyone who is interested in LGBTQ+ rights and advocacy. TAC meets regularly, usually once a month. To learn more or to attend an upcoming meeting, please email [email protected] for more information. You can also follow TAC on Facebook.
Goals & Mission
Our current goals include:
- Creating a welcoming environment for all who identify as LGBTQ+ at our services, programming, and social events
- Supporting ongoing LGBTQ+ equality efforts through awareness, advocacy, and financial gifts
- Providing an avenue to address any LGBTQ+ needs or concerns in the church
- Fostering understanding and promoting life-long education about diversity within the congregation
- Participating in local community events such as pride festivals
- Acting as a social group within the larger congregation
- Renewing AUUC’s status as an officially recognized welcoming congregation
Supporting Organizations in Our Community
Part of our mission is to support LGBTQ+-focused organizations. This year, we have supported Equality Virginia’s advocacy efforts. You can read about their many legislative victories in 2020, including 16 pro-equality bills that passed the Virginia General Assembly. We look forward to getting involved with and supporting Casa Ruby, one of the outreach collection programs the congregation chose.
Got a Question?
No one can ever speak for an entire demographic group, but TAC might be able to help answer some questions you might have, such as “How do I ask about someone’s preferred pronouns?” or “There are so many pride flags now. What do they all represent?” Send your questions to [email protected] or drop them anonymously into the rainbow-colored True Accotink Colors box in the church gallery. Look for the answers right here and in the newsletter.