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Dr. Cindi Love
Dr. Cindi Love is the Executive Director of ACPA, the American College Personnel Association, at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Founded 90 years ago, ACPA is the leading college student educator's association working in the area of student affairs and development.

Dr. Love has been invited in 2013 and 2014 by President Obama to attend the White House Easter Breakfast and by President George W. Bush, Sr to the Secret Service First Tee Foundation Charity Golf Tournament. She values civility and the ability to cross-boundaries and borders that people believe separate them.

.From 2010-2014, Dr. Love was the executive director of Soulforce, a href="" target="_hplink">Soulforce, a national organization dedicated to nonviolently confronting and ending anti-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) discrimination through relentless nonviolent resistance, as taught by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Gandhi and adapted by Rev. Dr. Mel White.

She serves on the "Faith and Religion Council" for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C. and the Compass to Compassion global coalition working with the United Nations to end criminalization of LGBT lives throughout the world. She is the author of Would Jesus Discriminate? The 21st Century Question. This book is part of a broader campaign to prompt churches, communities and individuals to consider the ways that religious attitudes against homosexuality may contribute to wider discrimination against gays and lesbians.

In 2007 and 2009 Love was part of the Clergy Call on Washington to lobby for passage of the hate crimes bill and the employment non-discrimination act. Between January 2005 and May 2009, she served as the Executive Director for Metropolitan Community Churches worldwide. She is the editor of Forty Years of Faith, Hope & Love, a historical retrospective on Metropolitan Community Churches throughout the world (ISBN 1425182836). She is an ordained minister with Metropolitan Community Churches and served as founding Pastor of MCC of Greater Dallas in 2003-2004.

A native of Abilene, Texas who has lived and worked in Minneapolis, Dallas, Austin, West Hollywood, Tel Aviv, Paris, France and Washington, D.C.

Love holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Arts from Louisiana Tech, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas Tech University. She was ordained by Metropolitan Community Church in 2003 after completing the course of theological study required and then served as Senior Pastor of MCC of Greater Dallas as well as Chair of the Board of Administration for MCC and its Executive Director from 2005-2009. Most recently, she received a fellowship to attend the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program and completed the certificate in State and Local Government.

She spent many years in the business sector founding companies, the last of which was acquired by The Toro Company in 1996. She also served as a Visiting Investigator for NASA in 1990. She was named one of the "Top 50 Entrepreneurs" in North America by Inc. Magazine, MIT, and YEO in 1990. In 2008, she was named one of the “most loved women” in the United States by Go Magazine in New York and to Women at the Helm by the same magazine in 2011. She has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and committees for educational, business, and LGBT interests. She is a long-time director of one of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center's advocacy programs in Abilene.

She and her partner of 33 years, Sue, live in Abilene, Texas and Washington, DC and have two adult children. Sue and Cindi are legally married in Canada.

Entries by Dr. Cindi Love

When the Ivory Tower Tilts

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 3:32 PM

For the last 40 years, I've lived with one foot in the Ivory Tower and one chasing profits in corporate America. The Academy and business worlds used to feel like very different and distinctly unique places and experiences. Lately, not so much.

This shift worries me. While the Academy...

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Can We Talk? Navigating Differences in a Post 9-11 World

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 2:40 PM

The day before 9-11, the anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers, hundreds of people gathered at Howard University in Washington, D.C. for the Fifth Annual President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

The significance of the date was not lost on anyone. None of the...

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No More Alma Maters?

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:10 PM

America faces a staggering college completion crisis... an ongoing skills gap that threatens our economic future and degrades our intellectual leadership around the world... Most students who do graduate are not representative of the rich diversity that defines this nation. The hopes raised by nearly equitable enrollments in...
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When Religious Freedom Isn't Free: Uganda as Mirror for the US

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:57 PM

If you are following the public discussions of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, you know that recent anti-gay flurries in Arizona, Kansas, Texas and Uganda share the same origin: (1) homophobia disguised as the right of religious freedom and (2) inserting state or regional rights in...

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The Supreme Court, DOMA and the Sermon on the Mount

(4) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 9:00 AM

This week I have often been asked what I think and feel about the Supreme Court decision on DOMA Section 3 by my neighbors who agree with the ruling, and by those who disagree. The best support I have been able to give my upset friends is to suggest a...

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Apologies Are Too Late When the Damage Is Already Done

(136) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 3:03 PM

After almost 40 years, Exodus International is closing its doors. It was the oldest Christian services group of its kind and a market leader in reparative/ex-gay/sexual orientation change therapy.

It harmed countless people, not just those in the programs but also their families, friends and communities. Exodus took a heavy...

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An Eagle Scout Turns In His Badge

(6) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 6:50 PM

A few months ago, when the news broke about Jennifer Tyrrell, the mother of a Cub Scout, being ousted from her position as a leader of her son's troop because she is a lesbian, a young adult friend of mine -- we'll call him J. -- called me to tell...

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An Epidemic of Freedom at Biola University: The Christian 'Queer Underground' Comes Out

(39) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 12:35 PM

This week I was introduced to an online yearbook published by students of the Biola Queer Underground, an unsanctioned student organization at Biola University, a conservative Christian college outside Los Angeles. The photo layout in the publication features 15 brave students who used this creative medium to come...

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Holy Week and Holy Terror in the Halls of Justice

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 11:27 AM

It is Holy Week in the halls of justice as our justices in the Supreme Court consider the fate of Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). How fitting. They are hearing the arguments in the very week that Christians acknowledge the holy terror permitted by Pontius Pilate...

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Congress, Clergy and the Courts: It's Time to Move On

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 3:22 PM

"How do geese know when to fly to the sun? Who tells them the seasons? How do we, humans, know when it is time to move on? As with the migrant birds, so surely with us, there is a voice within, if only we would listen to it, that tells...

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Does Pope Francis Have the Will of Christ as Well as the Way?

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 11:11 AM

Vatican Waging Holy War Against Sexual and Gender Minorities

The headline above first appeared on Dec. 5, 2000 in an announcement that Soulforce and Dignity/USA were combining forces to combat intolerance and planning a protest and vigil at the Vatican on Jan. 5-6, 2001.

Rev. Mel White, author...

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Republicans, Report Cards & Roll Call

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 10:57 AM

On March 11, 2013, I was privileged to join hundreds of my fellow citizens for Equality Texas Lobby Day in Austin.

I wore several hats that day -- member of the Religion & Faith Council for the Human Rights Campaign, Executive Director of Soulforce, licensed...

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Fighting Illini Fight to Right the World

(3) Comments | Posted March 9, 2013 | 9:55 PM

On the International Day of Women, March 8, I was in Champaign-Urbana at the more than 90-year-old YMCA at the University of Illinois, home of the Fighting Illini. Their Y isn't a place where you show up to swim. It is a place where you learn to show up in...

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Cedarville Baptists Send VP and President Packing

(10) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 5:49 PM

I want to give a big shout-out to The New York Times for its persistent and intriguing coverage of Christian colleges and universities in the United States that are sifting and sorting their theological and ministry positions on homosexuality and gender expression. And I want to thank Times...

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How Beyoncé and Rihanna Saved an African Gay Rights Activist's Life

(18) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 6:44 PM

Ellen Chademana was in the worst place you could be in her home country of Zimbabwe: the Harare Central Remand Prison. The rotting jail was dark and overcrowded, with no toilets or running water. The floors were filthy, covered with feces from thousands of people. No one cared about the...

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Reconciling LGBT Folks and Jesus: Not Black and White

(29) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 9:25 PM

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

These are the words and wisdom of the writer of Ecclesiastes in what many Christians call the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible. The writer succinctly...

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What Can I Do to Prevent Mass Murder?

(6) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 9:19 AM

The loss of lives in Newtown bears upon all of us. It is a good time to reflect on our understanding and ability to influence the people and the climate through which mass murders and genocide emerge. The International Watch for Genocide has studied the process whereby nations, communities, tribes...

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Challenging the Church to Stop AIDS

(6) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 2:52 PM

For many years, my friend and colleague Don E. Messer has challenged the Church to break the conspiracy of silence about the global AIDS crisis.

If you meet Don anywhere, he is likely to hand you a bookmark that carries the logo of his organization, the Center...

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Father Dobson May No Longer Know Best

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 2:20 PM

I have seen dark hours in my life, and I have seen the darkness gradually disappearing, and the light gradually increasing. One by one, I have seen obstacles removed, errors corrected, prejudices softened, proscriptions relinquished, and my people advancing in all the elements that make up the sum of general...
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Obama Said Our Names Today

(18) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 12:52 PM

Without freedom, no one really has a name. --Milton Acorda

When looking back on these early years of the 21st century, we will remember the handful of people who made decisions to act in conscious defiance of the status quo -- to say out loud the names and needs of those...

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