Arts & Equality

The Arts: Seeing a World that Can Be

The Arts - music, dance, visual arts, drama, the spoken word - are intertwined deeply with many faith traditions because of their evocative nature and ability to help us see beyond the immediate.  The ability of the Arts to help us transcend our current space and time makes them essential as well in the struggle for equality.  The Arts enable us to see what is possible but not yet real, bridge the gulfs separating human experience, and give us hope of bringing into being a world in which all people are respected and live with dignity. 

By sharing their artistic gifts, artists of many disciplines have helped POFEV in its work to help imagine and bring closer a more inclusive world.  POFEV thus feels a special connection to the Arts community and is deeply appreciative of all that we have been able to do together.  

Clarendon Concert Raises Spirits and Funds

Lea Morris Performs at Witness for LOVE! ConcertBlues, folk, prayers, ballads, percussion, and ukes filled Clarendon Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 10, in an interfaith concert to benefit the Witness for LOVE! campaignTom Nichols & Dan Chadburn, Jason Kaufman, and Lea Morris headlined the two-hour event that enthralled and inspired the audience. 

Read more about this song-filled evening here.

Love Makes a Family

Love Makes a Family photo exhibit LGBT

The Loves Makes a Family photography exhibit whose Northern Virginia tour POFEV is coordinating opened June 2, 2013 at the Arlington Central Library. The exhibit tells the stories of families with LGBT members through the remarkable eyes of photographer Gigi Kaeser and words of writer Peggy Gillespie, whose portrayals challenge and change myths and stereotypes about LGBT persons and their famlies. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington sponsored the exhibit at Arlington Central Library for the entire month of June 2013.  Since then the exhibit has traveled to congregations throughout Northern Virginia.

If your congregation would like to host the exhibit, please email us here or go to our Contact Us link and send us a request!  You can see all the congregations that have hosted the exhibit so far here.

Gay Men's Chorus Lifts Voices for POFEV


On May 10, 2013, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling hosted a benefit concert for POFEV by the Gay Men's Chorus of D.C., co-sponsored by The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville, VA, Equality Loudoun, and Loudoun Out Loud.  The evening was celebrated as "a night to honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people .. and music for the sake of joy.'"  We are enormously grateful to the Chorus and to all the sponsors for such a joyful and song-filled evening supporting POFEV's Northern Virginia outreach.

Richmond Theater Engages Marriage

Richmond Triangle Players and TheatreLAB staged five readings in Richmond of "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays" between October 31 and November 3, 2013.  Their generosity deepened the conversation in Virginia about marriage and helped to support the marriage equality work of Equality Virginia, ACLU Virginia, and POFEV, which together received all proceeds from the performances.

Read more about the plays and performances here ...

Rustin: Brother Outsider


Purchase Brother Outsider

POFEV joined with the Richmond, VA, NAACP to sponsor a showing of the Bayard Rustin biopic Brother Outsider at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church on August 28, 2013. Rustin, director of the 1963 March on Washington, also navigated through his adult life as an out gay man at a time when few in such public positions were willing to do so. Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams wrote a magnificent account of the screening that raised the remarkable question, "What would have become of the March on Washington if homophobia had won?"

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