June LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2020
As an Episcopal Church, Trinity Church fully welcomes and includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people, and we claim that all are made in the image of God. Everyone is invited to participate fully in Trinity’s worship, programs, and advocacy work, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Each June, our community marks Pride Month, inviting everyone to celebrate and recognize the glorious way in which God has created the diversity of humanity. We hope you will join us.
Sunday, July 19, 10am
This year, Team Trinity-Tamid will support AIDS research by participating in AIDS Walk New York with thousands of other walkers, all from the comfort of their living rooms.
Join Team Trinity-Tamid #9797 from your living room, donate to the team, or both. The team’s 2020 goal is $25,000. For more information, email Terrell Moody at email@example.com. Proceeds from AIDS Walk New York go to GMHC and other AIDS organizations in the tri-state area.
NYC Pride offers events throughout the month. Explore more ways to connect, learn, and celebrate online.
In honor of Pride Month, we're highlighting LGBTQ+ members of Trinity’s congregation who've previously shared their stories in interviews with sacristan Dane Miller. We’ll be releasing one interview per day in the run-up to Pride Sunday, June 28, 2020. Listen to their oral histories here.
Monday, June 1, 3pm
Trinity Church Wall Street clergy, congregation members, and staff join in prayer online Monday, June 1, as we raise the Pride flag over Trinity Church. The flag represents Inclusiveness, one of Trinity’s Core Values, and will fly at Trinity Church, as well as at St. Paul’s Chapel at Broadway and Fulton, until the end of June to celebrate Pride Month.
The Pride Flag Unfurled
The Rev. Matt Welsch hoisted the Pride Flag, and offered a prayer, to signify June as Pride Month at Trinity Church Wall Street and St. Paul’s Chapel. The Pride Flag symbolizes Trinity’s Core Value of Inclusiveness.
Friday June 12, 12:05pm
On the anniversary of the Pulse Massacre, we will commemorate all the LGBTQ lives lost to homophobia, hate crimes, and gun violence at our 12:05pm Holy Eucharist service. The Rev. Matt Welsch preaches.
“Dancing in the Face of Death and Persecution”
“Homophobia is violence. Transphobia is violence. The Church has a long history of weaponizing the word of God.” Watch the sermon preached by the Rev. Matt Welsch at Trinity’s midday Holy Eucharist on Friday, June 12, the anniversary of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The scriptures are 1 Kings 19: 9-16 and Matthew 5: 27-32.
Tuesday, June 23, 7pm
Join youth from across the city as they take over the Tuesday Youth Advisory Call for a celebration hosted by Trinity Church Wall Street and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. The celebration will include visual arts, dance, and conversation. To join the call, fill out this form for follow-up information on call-in access. For questions, email Jennifer Chinn, Senior Program Manager for Trinity Commons, Youth Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 23, 9pm
For Pride Month, the Rev. Winnie Varghese spoke about inclusion at Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies' discussion series with LGBTQ-affirming South Asian Christian faith leaders on Tuesday. Learn more and register at the Desi Rainbow Parents Facebook page.
Thursday, June 25, 9:30am-6pm
NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference is an exciting gathering of activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others engaged in LGBTQIA+ human rights. This year's one day conference invites you to experience panel discussions and workshops focused on mental health, religion/faith, voting rights, youth driven conversations and much more.
Thursday, June 25, 5pm Trinity Watch Party, 7pm Livestream Q&A
Trinity and Newfest Films hosted a free online film screening of Hearts Beat Loud, a sweet comedy-drama about learning to love and when to let go, to celebrate Pride month. Following the screening, audiences were welcome to join a live Q&A session moderated by Eric Vaughan, Manager of LGBTQ Programs at The NYC Dept. of Education. This program was hosted in partnership with the NYC Dept of Education and NYC Unity Project. Watch the panel below:
Sunday, June 28, 11:15am
Sunday service will highlight God’s love for all people and the celebration of our LGBTQ friends and neighbors. The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson will preach, the Rev. Winnie Varghese will serve as celebrant.
Sunday, June 28, 12-2pm
Join the city-wide virtual celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March held in 1970. Although it will be a very different type of celebration, the tradition of commemorating the LGBTQIA+ movement will continue.
Stonewall: A Priest Remembers
The Rev. John Moody was a clergyman on the staff at Trinity Church Wall Street in the summer of 1969. He remembers the Stonewall Uprising from his unique vantage point as a gay man, an Episcopal priest, and a Greenwich Village resident.
A Witness to Stonewall
During June 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village, June 28-July 1, 1969, events that served as a catalyst for the movement for LGBTQ rights in the United States and around the world. Trinity parishioner Karen Thomas, who was at Stonewall that weekend a half-century ago, offers her recollection and reflection.