True Accotink Colors

We have reaffirmed our commitment to being a Welcoming Congregation certified by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our work does not end here as we need to renew our welcoming status yearly. With your continuing support, True Accotink Colors will keep on working to maintain our welcoming status!

“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
  • Annually renewing AUUC’s status as an officially recognized welcoming congregation

Upcoming TAC Events

June 20: Discussion after service of the documentary “State of Pride,”  available for free on YouTube (Zoom)

June 20: Monthly TAC meeting 6pm (Zoom)

June 22: Reading the Rainbow Book Club discussion of Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (Zoom)

2021 Pride Month

Happy Pride to all! Here are some ways you can celebrate the month:

  • Binge LGBTQ+ movies and shows (and join us to discuss the short documentary, State of Pride, on June 20)
  • Read LGBTQ+ books (and join us for our Reading the Rainbow Book Club on June 22)
  • Attend Reston Pride on June 19 10am-2pm 
  • Attend a Capital Pride event June 11-13
  • Attend one of these Pride events
  • Take action through Equality Virginia to support bills that are critical to the LGBTQ+ community
  • Support small businesses, crafters, and artists who are LGBTQ+
  • Play! Build the new LEGO LGBTQ Pride set or create your own rainbow builds or games
  • Create your own rainbow music playlist
  • Create a rainbow craft
  • Spend time with and support those you love virtually or in person
  • Be a good LGBTQ+ ally
  • Be proud of who you are!

Supporting Organizations in Our Community

Part of our mission is to support LGBTQ+-focused organizations. During 2019-2020, we 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.

During the 2020-2021 year, we supported Casa Ruby, a nonprofit in Washington, DC, provides social services and programs catering to the most vulnerable in the city and surrounding areas. Their mission is to create success life stories among transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals. We supported Casa Ruby financially as one of our monthly outreach collection organizations as well as collected needed items for them during the pandemic such as cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.

Reading the Rainbow Book Club

Meeting quarterly, this book club allows us to explore the diversity of the gender, sexuality, and genre spectrums. Here is our 2021 schedule:

Thursday, March 25 at 7pm: Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel (adult graphic novel memoir)
Tuesday, June 22 at 7pm: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (young adult urban fantasy/supernatural)
Thursday, September 23 at 7pm: Tomorrow Will be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride, forward by Joe Biden (adult nonfiction)
Tuesday, December 28 at 7pm: Every Day by David Levithan (young adult contemporary)
 

If you’re interested in joining the Reading the Rainbow Book Club, want notifications about our upcoming discussions, or want to help us choose books for next year, email Kate M. to be added to the mailing list.

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?” You can submit your question anonymously using this form: https://tinyurl.com/QuestionForTAC