Serving Brethren and Mennonite

LGBT & Allied Youth, Young Adults

and Their Families

What is Kaleidoscope?

 Kaleidoscope is a supportive and resource-sharing network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), questioning and allied people on peace church campuses, but includes those in high school, young people in general, and those young in spirit. Kaleidoscope provides opportunities to make connections, receive support, and be active in local communities. Faculty, alumni, and supportive individuals are also involved within the church and beyond.

What does Kaleidoscope offer?

  • Establishing educational programs for residence life staff and interested individuals.

  • Keeping the lines of communication open between faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

  • Connecting students, young people and recent alumni via its email listserv, K-Scope.

  • Increasing youth and young adult presence at BMC gatherings and retreats by offering scholarships.

Current Kaleidoscope Coordinator

Naomi Gross is a recent graduate of Goshen College where she studied Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies, Environmental Sustainability, and Women’s and Gender Studies. While at Goshen, Naomi organized with various groups on and off campus focusing on issues such as environmental justice, land rights, sexual assault prevention, and queer justice. She looks forward to continue working at multi-faceted justice through BMC.

Resources

These resources are intended to be used by youth and young adults, specifically at Mennonite and Brethren colleges. If you are looking for more specific resources for your community, contact the Kaleidoscope coordinator.
Queer Students Abroad

This booklet includes stories by seven lgbtq students who studied abroad with Mennonite or Brethren colleges. This booklet is a resource for lgbtq students about to study abroad or are considering studying abroad. 

Safe Zone Training 2016

This 2016 edition of Safe Zone includes three modules: one for sexual orientation, one for gender identity and one for becoming an ally. If your school or community would like to use this manual (or would like a print version of the pdf) or have someone from BMC facilitate a training, contact kaleidoscope@bmclgbt.org. 

Contact People

An updated list of people for young LGBTQ Brethren and Mennonite to contact if they would like someone in the church to speak to. This comes after an older list that was published in the Coming Out Strong packet in 2010 (see below). If you would like further contact information of any of the people listed here, email the Kaleidoscope coordinator at kaleidoscope@bmclgbt.org. 

College Degrees for Social Justice

This is a guide published by Affordable Colleges Online that features pathways to fighting inequality in the professional realm. There are links to other resources and to learning more about different careers in social services, nonprofits and other fields. 

From their website:

From social workers to civil rights attorneys, those with a passion for fighting inequality and find fulfilling careers across dozens of professional fields. This guide explores these career and education programs, provides resources for fighting inequality, and gives insights from a nonprofit professional. 

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Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests

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Minneapolis, MN 55406

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612.343.2060 bmc@bmclgbt.org

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