Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Remember: Faith communities can save transgender lives
The Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20, 2008) is set aside to
those lost to anti-transgender violence in the last year. Much of this
is fueled by a sentiment that it is tacitly and explicitly reinforced by
understandings of gender, as well as outright transphobia and homophobia
expressed in the name of a Christian God. Too many of us have not only heard
"God condemns you" -- but also "It would be better if you were dead."
It is a profound and important step for every faith community to join in a
resounding chorus that condemns all forms of violence against people who are
* By vocally condemning anti-trans bullying, harassment, and hate crimes, we
begin to chip away at the self-righteous fuel that feeds those who believe
are doing God's will by punishing the differently gendered.
* By loudly proclaiming that people of all genders are beloved, we begin to
address the rampant rate of depression and suicide among transgender youth
adults that so to often encouraged by religious judgment.
* By reaching out in love to the transgender community, we begin to
undermine the isolation and low self-esteem that can undergird substance
and high-risk behaviors (which inform high rates of HIV and AIDS).
Beyond the hate and judgment, trans people's lives are at risk because we so
often struggle to meet our most fundamental needs such as safe employment
basic health care. Faith communities need to be out in front of such justice
issues as well.
So, this year, let us (re)commit ourselves to the work of speaking up and
speaking out, to the work of educating ourselves and educating others, to
work of reaching out in love.
Publisher, TransFaith Online
* NCTE Health Priorities: http://www.nctequality.org/HealthPriorities.pdf
* TransFaith InterSections: www.transfaithonline.org/intersections/
* TransFaith - Where do we begin?
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