News Coverage of Faith-Rooted Support for Transgender Justice


March 29, 2017

People of Faith Are Increasingly Vocal Supporters of Transgender JusticeCenter for American Progress

Communities of faith are not yet as universally inclusive as they should be pursuant to their own teachings about human dignity, love, and protection for the vulnerable. But there is hope in increasingly affirming denominations, and people of faith are becoming more and more vocal in support of transgender justice.

March 26, 2017

Why This Lesbian Catholic Is Supporting The National Weekend Of Prayer For Transgender JusticeHuffington Post

As a Catholic and a lesbian, I am compelled to pour every ounce of my spiritual and physical energy and privilege into this weekend. And here’s why.  The social justice teachings of my faith demand that institutional and civic barriers that make life more difficult for some people are unjust and must be dismantled.

March 24, 2017

A letter to those observing the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender JusticeMedium

We hope that this weekend of prayer will help you and your faith community commit or recommit to taking action toward transgender justice. As you observe this weekend of prayer, may it be one of many moments in which you celebrate the lives of transgender people, honor the transgender members of your community, and commit to working together toward a world that embodies transgender justice.

This Weekend: 100+ Faith Communities Join for National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justicefreedom for all americans

This weekend, religious leaders, clergy, and people of faith from more than 125 congregations in more than 30 states will participate in the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice, dedicating their weekly services and/or holding special events to support transgender people across America who continue to lack full legal protection, face unequal treatment, and experience disproportionate levels of violence, harassment, and discrimination.

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Faith Leaders Gather to Pray for Justice and Equality for the Transgender CommunityHuman Rights Campaign

This weekend more than 125 congregations from a variety of faith practices will be participating in National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice. HRC is proud to be a sponsor of the event and HRC Foundation’s Religion and Faith Program has worked to ensure that HRC members, supporters and our advisory council are participating.

150+ Faith Communities to Participate in National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender JusticeReligious Institute

This weekend, religious leaders, clergy, and people of faith from more than 150 congregations in more than 35 states will participate in the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice, engaging in prayer, education, and action for transgender justice. Faith communities will honor the gifts of transgender people and commit to working toward a society where transgender people can live and flourish in all aspects of life. 

March 7, 2017

It’s Up To Us (Always Has Been), Rev. Mykal Slack

If yours is a community of faith that cares about being a spiritual home to people of all genders, #StandWithGavin—no matter what the courts decide—because your faith calls you to. Don’t be silent about the value of Gavin’s life and all our lives! And join us on the weekend of March 24-26 to observe the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice. The Supreme Court may have nothing to say, but let them and everyone hear from you! Because, in the end, it has always been up to us “to work on getting free so that we can be agents of freedom.”

March 6, 2017

Despite Immense Support for Transgender Equality, Supreme Court Sends Landmark Case Back to Lower Courtfreedom for all americans

The disappointing move today also follows a long list of thousands of names from across the country filing “friend-of-the-court” briefs in favor of transgender equality and dignity. Thousands of people spoke out – including faith leaders of all different religions from every single state. These briefs were a powerful assertion that protecting all people from discrimination is an American value.

March 3, 2017

Four dozen Baptists side with transgender teen in bathroom battlebaptist news global

Nearly 50 clergy members identifying with the Alliance of Baptists, American Baptist Churches USA or Cooperative Baptist Fellowship joined a legal brief filed March 2 supporting a transgender student’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In all more than 1,800 religious leaders and 15 organizations signed onto the amicus brief backing Gavin Grimm. The case is set for oral arguments later this month.

Curry and Jennings sign amicus brief in transgender rights caseEpiscopal Café

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are the lead signers on an amicus brief filed March 2 by 1,800 clergy and religious leaders in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving transgender-bathroom use policies.

United Methodists Join 1,800-Plus Clergy Supporting Transgender Rights LawsuitUnited Methodist Insight

More than 1,800 clergy and religious leaders signed a friend-of-the-court brief in Gloucester County School Board v. GG, the first-ever case on transgender rights to go before the Supreme Court, including 220 United Methodists. Prominent United Methodist signers of the brief include retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert; the Rev. Frank Schaefer, tried by a church court for officiating his gay son's wedding; and Bishop Karen Oliveto (Mountain Sky Area)

Presiding Episcopal Bishop Supports 'Dignity And Worth' Of Trans People In Court BriefChristian Today

Two leading Episcopal voices have added their weight to the ongoing debate over transgender people's right to use the bathroom of their choice. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Rev Gay Clark Jennings have added their signatures to a 'friend of the court' brief in the case of a school pupil – G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board.

Jews and Muslims defend trans rightspink News

A number of US Jewish and Muslim faith leaders have joined a legal brief defending anti-discrimination protections for transgender kids. A total of 1800 faith leaders and a string of religious groups joined the brief, including from both Muslim and conservative Jewish groups. Their brief attacks any ‘religious freedom’ justification for allowing discrimination.

1,800 religious leaders advise Supreme Court on transgender rights: reportThe Times-picayune

More than 1,800 religious leaders have signed a friend-of-the-court brief in the first-ever case on transgender rights to go before the U.S. Supreme Court. The filing "acknowledges the diversity of faith traditions that honor the inherent dignity and worth of transgender people and the long-standing presence of transgender people in faith communities, as both lay people and religious leaders.

March 2, 2017

Nearly 2000 Clergy, Faith Leaders Sign Amicus Brief in Support of Transgender Protections

More than 1,800 clergy and religious leaders signed a friend-of-the-court brief in Gloucester County School Board v. GG, the first-ever case on transgender rights to go before the Supreme Court. The brief was signed by nearly 95 national religious leaders, including heads of denominations, seminary presidents, and leaders of faith organizations.

Jewish Theological Seminary Issues Statement OF Support for Faith Amicus BriefJewish Theological Seminary

"In the Jewish tradition, public humiliation is tantamount to bloodshed. Laws such as the one at issue in the Supreme Court case have the effect, if not the purpose, of publicly humiliating transgender students....As members of the Jewish community, our hearts bleed with theirs from such humiliation."

Curry, Jennings take lead in Supreme Court brief on transgender-bathroom policyEpiscopal News Service

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are the lead signers on an amicus brief filed March 2 by 1,800 clergy and religious leaders in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving transgender-bathroom use policies.

Nearly 2,000 Religious Leaders Declare Support For Transgender Teen In Supreme Court Case, huffington Post

More than 1,800 religious leaders threw their support behind a transgender student’s Supreme Court case on Thursday. They argue that equal treatment for transgender individuals, like Virginia teen Gavin Grimm, does not threaten religious liberty. It’s about “fundamental human dignity,” they say.

Thousands of Americans Call for Supreme Court to Affirm Dignity for Transgender StudentsFreedom for all Americans

Today friend-of-the-court briefs were filed in the first-ever case on transgender rights to go before the Supreme Court, G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. Thousands of people spoke out – including teachers and administrators from dozens of states, faith leaders of all different religions from every single state, other transgender students and their family members, state Attorneys General and city officials who say that cities are strengthened when no one faces legal discrimination, and law enforcement officials committed to protecting transgender Americans from harassment. 

Read the full amicus brief from religious leaders in support of Gavin Grimm and transgender students 

Submitted on behalf of nearly 2,000 religious leaders, this brief acknowledges the diversity of faith traditions that honor the inherent dignity and worth of transgender people and the long-standing presence of transgender people in faith communities, as both lay people and religious leaders. It also lifts up the growing movement of religious leaders who believe transgender people should be respected, celebrated, and loved rather than feared, shunned, or discriminated against under the law.

March 1, 2017

 

My Transgender Daughter is a Beloved Child of GoD, Jamie Bruesehoff

"God does not love our daughter in spite of her gender identity. God did not put her in the wrong body. This is who she has always been, who God created her to be, and like I’ve heard from so many who want to dispute transgender identities, God doesn’t make mistakes."