Trans Celebration and Spirit

Trans Day of Visibility: Annually near March 31, this joyful event celebrates the lives and freedom of trans folks in our community and across the globe.  It’s a party – come as you are.  All ages.  For 2017, our gathering will be on Saturday April 1 from 5 to 9!  There are rumours of an open mic.

Trans Day of Remembrance:  Annually on November 20th at 5:30 PM, worship co-sponsored with the Upper Valley Rainbow Alliance.   We will create sacred time and space for the Litany of Names with which we remember those who have died for their identity.  We welcome the whole community of trans folks and allies near and far.  If you would like to linger after the worship for the support of fellowship, feel free to bring a brown bag supper or something to share.  We’ll have vegetable soup and of course the kettle will be hot.

References and Resources

For allies:

https://www.pflag.org/sites/default/files/guide%20to%20being%20a%20straight%20ally.pdf

 www.glaad.org/transgender/allies

https://www.bustle.com/articles/76762-11-ways-to-be-a-trans-ally-according-to-transgender-people-themselves

 http://www.straightforequality.org/trans

 http://transgenderalliesgroup.org/

http://www.glaad.org/transgender/resources

When someone trusts you enough to ask for their true pronouns

Terminology:

http://www.tsroadmap.com/start/tgterms.html

https://bolt.straightforequality.org/files/Come%20Out%20as%20a%20Straight%20Ally/equality-literacy-101-s4e-.pdf

Pronouns matter in being a better ally

Legal Advocacy:

                http://transgenderlawcenter.org/

                http://www.thetaskforce.org/static_html/downloads/reports/reports/ntds_full.pdf

Books

Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Gender-Nonconforming Children by Diane Ehrensaft

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities by Lee Harrington

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

My Husband Betty by Helen Boyd

She’s Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband by Helen Boyd

Trans Spirit in the Pulpit: We have had a number of worship services focused on trans issues and spirituality.  Please enjoy the texts of some of them: