Transgender people of faith

I'm not particularly religious. I was raised Lutheran but have drifted towards Taoism as an adult. The words sing to me.

But I know religion plays a very important part in the lives of some, while others are offended by a mere scent of it.

Austen Hartke is a trans Christian. After recently attending the Gay Christian Network Conference in Houston, Austen wrote an article for Sojourners: 7 Things the Transgender People in Your Congregation Wish You Knew


Christians are called into fellowship with one another, and real fellowship takes education and communication.      




Addressing the anti-trans concern trolls

Two University of Washington researchers, working out of the Social Cognitive Development Lab on what is called the TransYouth Project have tired of the near constant alarm being raised about transgender children being spurred on...even "created" their parents. An example of such alarm resides in a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, The Transgender Battle Line: Childhood.

So Kristine Olson and Lily Durwood have written a response, Are Parents Rushing to Turn Their Boys Into Girls?.



Addressing transgender rights in the UK

The UK parliament's Committee on Women and Equality has released the first report from its parliamentary inquiry into discrimination against transgender people in education, health and criminal justice.

The inquiry was tasked with assessing levels of transphobia, access to NHS services and issues faced by transgender youth.

The NHS was found to be particularly lacking.



New England's professional sports teams back transgender equality

The New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and New England Revolution have all announced their support of legislation that would guarantee protections for transgender people in public accommodations in Massachusetts.

The Boston Red Sox announced their support in November.

I think that having not only New England’s most prominent cultural institutions, but also frankly the most iconic public accommodations that come with that — Fenway Park, TD Garden — really sends the message.

This issue has become mainstream and widely accepted.

--Kasey Suffredini, Freedom Massachusetts



Senior Anglican clerics call for church apology to LGBT people

The letter, signed by over 100 senior church officials, was sent to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

The archbishops are meeting attending a meeting of 39 primates from the global Anglican Communion this week,

The letter calls for the church to acknowledge that LGBT members around the world have been treated as "second-class citizens."

[F]or too long the church has treated gay, lesbian and transgender people as a 'problem to be solved'.

-The Very Reverend Mark Boyling, Dean of Carlisle Cathedral

The meeting is being held in an effort to prevent a schism between liberals and conservatives.



The Breakfast Club (Beatles Classic)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.






India's first transgender band drops Pharrell Williams cover

6-Pack Band comprises six transgenders singing original songs, including a cover version of Grammy-winner Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy". They have been joined by Bollywood star Sonu Nigam for their debut collection.

We are taking one step at a time. There are total six songs. I felt very happy singing with them. They were singing my songs all the time, they have a very good vibe. I really enjoyed their innocence and child-like energy.




Health Disparities in transgender veterans

Dr. George R. Brown and Dr. Kenneth T. Jones have recently had published a new study concerning the mental and medical health of transgender veterans: Mental Health and Medical Health Disparities in 5135 Transgender Veterans Receiving Healthcare in the Veterans Health Administration: A Case–Control Study.

There are no large controlled studies of health disparities in transgender (TG) or gender dysphoric patients. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest healthcare system in the United States and was an early adopter of electronic health records. We sought to determine whether medical and/or mental health disparities exist in VHA for clinically diagnosed TG veterans compared to matched veterans without a clinical diagnosis consistent with TG status.



Cruz: Transgender students an "infliction"

Ted Cruz put in his claim for the transphobic vote yesterday.

Not that he hasn't had some sterling competition from Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio.

Rubio seems to imply that employing LGBT people and serving LGBT customers were themselves sinful actions.

it is “most baffling” that anyone could thoughtfully defend the notion that it is normal — that it is perfectly legitimate — for a person just to declare oneself to be a different gender. It borders on laughable, and I know to say it’s laughable would bring great contempt because people would say you’re being insensitive. I’m not being insensitive. I’m exercising just a little bit of common sense.


Carson opposes allowing transgender people to serve in the military, "worrying that the military is being used as “a laboratory for social experimentation.”

“Deal with the transgender thing somewhere else.”

Last month, Carson similarly said that trans people don’t deserve “extra rights,” like equal access to safely use the bathroom.

Focusing on Cruz:




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