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Interfaith LGBTQ Youth Group
MPV friend and community partner, Rev. Denyse Barnes from Hollywood United Methodist Church, is starting an Interfaith LGBT+ Youth Group (ages 12-24) at the LGBT center in September. The group will meet every month on the 2nd Thursday from 5pm-7pm. It is a free, safe space. If you are within this age range, identify as LGBT+ or know of anyone that does and would benefit from this -- please do join them! ***Please bear in mind this group is a SAFE space for YOUTH that identifies as LGBT+. If this is not you, please respect the privacy of those that are and do not attend. But do share the word with any youth you might know :) *** Rev. Denyse is starting this group, because she realized there is nothing like it, particularly for the youth, in Los Angeles. The support group is also in response to the disproportionate number of homeless youth that also identifies as LGBT+, here are some facts: "LGBTQ Youth is 120% More Likely to Experience Homelessness. According to a recent study from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, LGBTQ young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. It’s estimated that about 7% of youth in the United States are LGBTQ, while 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ." - True Colors Fund, a New York nonprofit that advocates on behalf of homeless LGBT youth. For more questions, please contact Rev. Denyse Barnes at [masked],[masked] x203

Art Gallery @ The Village

1125 N McCadden Place · Los Angeles, ca

Upcoming Meetups

What we're about

Meet other local progressive Muslims and get together in an open, compassionate and non-judgmental environment. We welcome new Muslims, old Muslims, LGBTQ Muslims, and Muslims in mixed-faith relationships. Our goal is to build a community in Los Angeles based on the core Islamic values of compassion, equality, social justice, and human rights. A place where you can be yourself AND Muslim!

This Los Angeles progressive Muslim Meetup is the founding community of Muslims for Progressive Values, a 501 (c) 3 national organization. For more details about MPV please visit www.mpvusa.org (http://mpvusa.org/).

Meetups are scheduled very regularly as announced. Activities include socializing, discussion, spiritual conversation, youth open mics, zikr, hiking, social activism/volunteer work, celebrating holidays, and experiencing art, film, and music.

We gather regularly mostly on Saturday afternoons for discussion and spiritual reflection. All who come with an open mind and loving heart are welcome--including non-Muslim friends, significant others, etc. Topics are announced in advance so that those interested can prepare for a meaningful and informed discussion.

Our monthly "It's Your Mic" event is on the 3rd Thursday of the month and starts back up January 2015.

In setting up our prayer space, we strive to create a caring environment in which no one is segregated or excluded. Attendees are invited in turn to lead prayer, regardless of gender. This means that the prayer may be led by a man or a woman, the sermon (khutbah) may be delivered by a man or a woman. The group of congregants prays and is seated together, like we do in Mecca. Of course, individual men and women can choose to stand/sit to one side or the other if they prefer. We also end our prayer segments with spiritual songs.

For information on MPV and the principles that inform and guide us, please visit About Us (http://mpvusa.org/mpv-principles/).

We are happy to announce that we have an officiant available. Officiant is open to marrying mixed faith couples as well as same-sex couples.

Please contact the organizer for more information.

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