Panel discusses the LGBTQ experience

Karen Hunter Watson, artist and poet, talks about her lived experience in regards to her spirituality and LGBTQ identity at the “Centering LGBTQ+ Voices” panel discussion April 6 via Zoom. The discussion was part of a series about the diversity of religious, spiritual and secular worldviews within different cultural identities. / screenshot by Jingyao Liang
Karen Hunter Watson, artist and poet, talks about her lived experience in regards to her spirituality and LGBTQ identity at the “Centering LGBTQ+ Voices” panel discussion April 6 via Zoom. The discussion was part of a series about the diversity of religious, spiritual and secular worldviews within different cultural identities. / screenshot by Jingyao Liang

Panelists discussed social issues within the interfaith and LGBTQ communities at the Centering LGBTQ+ Voices event hosted by Tahil Sharma, La Verne alumnus and regional coordinator for North America for United Religions Initiative, and Zandra Wagoner, University chaplain and assistant professor of philosophy and religion, April 7 via Zoom.

About 32 people attended the event, which featured four panelists, Audri Scott, spiritual director at Spiritual Enhancement Center in Dothan, Alabama. Karen Hunter Watson, a singer, author and artist in Dothan, Alabama; Luca Alexander, a doula, poet and theologian based in Salem, Massachusetts; Jae Carter, a spiritual creative and support counselor, and Honeybee, a poet, both based in Los Angeles.

Each speaker shared their perspectives and personal struggles. They also talked about how they found their peace.

Acceptance, especially in traditional religious communities, was a common challenge the panelists shared. 

“I truly believe when you (come from) unconditional love that judgment and ego do not exist in that space,” Carter said.

Many of the viewers were moved by the panelists’ openness.

“I have been questioning myself and my spiritual journey…,” said Mon Cruz, a sophomore child development major. “Being nonbinary and hearing the testimonies from others within my community, it really makes me happy.”

—Joslyn Aguilar

Other Stories

Joslyn Aguilar, a junior communications major, is a staff writer for the Campus Times.

Other Stories

Jingyao Liang, a junior business administration major and photography minor, is a staff photographer for the Campus Times.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Stories

Related articles

Interfaith groups share various views

The University of La Verne has partnered with the Miller Center of Hebrew College and Interfaith America in Newton, Massachusetts, to help expand the Interfaith initiative program with the Building Interfaith Leadership Initiative.

Event fosters understanding among religious groups

Interfaith fellows Isela Chavez, sophomore sociology major; Olivia Magby, senior sociology major; Aisha Adelotan, junior biology major; and Zandra Wagoner, university chaplain, held an interfaith dialogue dinner Tuesday in the Campus Center Ballroom.

Interfaith strategies considered in addressing racism and injustice

The University of La Verne’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life hosted a “Strategies for Healing” panel to explore questions regarding interfaith strategies and how they can be used to fight against racial injustice on Monday via Zoom. 

Graduates share the intersection of spirituality and sexuality

University of La Verne community members shared their spiritual journeys and challenges as members of the LGBT community April 21 at the Spiritual and Queer event hosted by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.