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Dr. Cindi Love
Dr. Cindi Love is the Executive Director of ACPA—College Student Educators International at One DuPont Circle in Washington, DC. Founded 91 years ago, ACPA is one of the longest tenured higher education associations focused on the field of student development and learning also known as student affairs/services/support. HYPERLINK ""

Dr. Love has been guest of the White House during three administrations—both of the Bushes and President Barak Obama—first as a contributor to the First Tee Foundation supporting vulnerable youth and most recently as a internationally recognized advocate for non-violence and decriminalization of the lives of LGBT people. She was one of the three individuals asked to lead the closing benediction at the rally on the Supreme Court steps for marriage equality.

She currently serves on the Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group on Social Justice advising the U.S. Secretary of State as well as the United Nations/UUO Compass Coalition for LGBT Human Rights and as a member of the Human Rights Campaign Faith & Religion Council in DC.

She is a frequent speaker at conferences focused on human rights, the law, advocacy, activism, civil rights and student development. She served as a Thematic Country Specialist on LGBT human rights for Amnesty International in 2013. 

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 has also served as the CEO of a global denomination, Metropolitan Community Church, HYPERLINK "" known as the “human rights church” and the “church with AIDS” due to their early intervention in areas of compassionate care and advocacy. She is the editor of Forty Years of Faith, Hope & Love, a historical retrospective on Metropolitan Community Churches throughout the world (ISBN 1425182836).

Love served as Executive Dean of Corporate & Continuing Education at Brookhaven College in Dallas Texas from 2003-2005. She started her career as a speech pathologist and faculty member in special education at a private university after completing a fellowship with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital system.

She is the author of  HYPERLINK "" \t "_hplink" 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.

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 attended post-doctoral executive education at MIT and Harvard Kennedy School where she completed the certificate in State and Local Government. She was a full fellow of the David Bohnett Foundation.

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. She is a specialist in disintermediation of traditional organizations and in organizational change and transition management.

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 35 years, Sue, live in Abilene, Texas and Washington, DC and have two adult children. Sue and Cindi are legally married in the United States of America in the State of California.

Love says that she organizes her life around the assertion and support of human dignity and the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every Wall is a Door.”

Entries by Dr. Cindi Love

The Tao of Universities & Fair Labor Standards Act

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 5:58 PM

The Tao Te Ching suggests that it is sometimes necessary to learn to see the events in our world backwards, inside out and upside down.

Universities have just such an opportunity for a creative response to the new salary thresholds for the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, known...

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When the Roll Is Called Out Yonder in the States that Discriminate

(4) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 6:27 PM

In 1893, James Black wrote the familiar Christian song, When the Roll is Called up Yonder which says:

Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done, And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there.

The implication is that the good works of...

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When Jesus Needs the Facilities, What Will Jesus Do?

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2016 | 2:53 PM

I've been thinking about the devious and devilish demagoguery of the North Carolina legislators and Governor who quickly passed House Bill 2 (HB2) on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, otherwise known as the Charlotte Bathroom Bill, or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act

HB2 bans transgender identified people from...

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Lady Gaga and VP Joe Biden: You Gave Me Hope

(1) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 4:15 PM

Lady Gaga and Vice President Joe Biden, you gave me hope at the Oscars. Thank you.

Biden's introduction of Lady Gaga's performance of "Til It Happens to You" brought full-circle a lot of tireless work by activists, advocates and reform-minded educators.

When I turned off the television, I felt...

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Hungry for Human Rights

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 11:54 AM

There are crimes which no one would commit as an individual which he willingly and bravely commits when acting in the name of his society, because he has been (too easily) convinced that evil is entirely different when it is done 'for the common good.' As an example, one might...
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HERO Takes a Hit in Houston

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 1:28 PM

It is never too late to give up our prejudices. -- Henry David Thoreau

On November 3, 2015, 66 percent of the voters in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States, defeated HERO, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. The socially conservative voters who showed...

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Free Speech is for the Speech You Hate, Not for the Speech You Like

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 4:09 PM

The test of a society's commitment to freedom of expression lies in its defense of marginalized forms of speech. I say in class, free speech is for speech that you hate, not for speech that you like. The logic of the principle is simple: we don't need to protect society's...
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One by One, Put Down Our Guns

(128) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 1:02 PM

The most recent mass shooting at Umpqha Community College has catalyzed public debate about restrictions on the ownership and carrying of firearms on campuses.

If anything good can come out of the repetitive tragedies of school shootings, perhaps it is the fact that we cannot speak about campus violence without...

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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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