June 2021: LGBTQIA+ Awareness

Social Justice Ministry Monthly Speaker Series & Resources


Rev. Pepa Paniagua

Dr. Tara Lewis & Vince Fischer

Resources and Information: 

Monthly Speaker Series: LGBTQIA+ Awareness and Inclusion


Rev. Pepa Paniagua (she/hers)  is an ordained PC(USA) pastor, facilitator, speaker, and writer. A native to California, she is a 49ers and Giants fan, who finds herself living and working in North Texas with her wife, Kelli and their 3 dogs. Pepa is the founding pastor of kin•dom community, a new worshipping community that is direct in its outreach and transparent welcome to the LBGTQIA community and others who have felt cast out by or uncomfortable in "traditional" church. She is an advocate and ally, and does her best to gently lead others through the sometimes hard conversations about inclusion and the vast expanse of God's love. Growing up between the redwoods and the sea, Pepa believes that as much can be learned by placing your bare feet in the sand and listening, as can be from any book. She believes in the relentless love of God, the deep and abiding wisdom of women, and transforming power of a well made cup of coffee.

The second discussion was led by Dr. Tara Lewis and Vince Fischer on LGBTQIA alliance and advocacy.  Tara is the daughter of GFPC members, Bettie and Randy Riall. 


Gay and Lesbian Alliance of North Texas (GALA)
Covenant Network of Presbyterians
MoreLight Presbyterians (specifically their resource page. It is a wealth of resources)

Good Fruit Project 

GLAAD Resource List

Christian Conversation Guide from HRC

Resource Center Dallas

DFW Trans Kids and Families


GENECIS at Children’s Health Dallas

CDC LGBT Youth Resources

Human Rights Campaign Employee Resource List

Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Resources

Lamda Legal

GLSEN – Advocates for LGBT in K-12

National LGBT Health Education Center Resource List

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

National Center for Transgender Equality