Please see the press release below about the Many Voices Campaign, a Black Church Movement for Gay & Transgender Justice, and a the final video interview between Many Voices and The Rev. Brendan Y. Boone.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day created to make visible the vastly disproportionate number of lives that have been lost to violence gainst transgender people-- especially trans women of color--too many children of God, whose lives were cut short.
Today, as we remember those transgender women and men who have been brutalized and murdered, I call on the Black church and community to learn from a small church and community in Southern Virginia, whose pastor and members affirmed Rev. Brendan Boone at every step of his journey to discover who he is.
Please watch his uplifting video now. In the video, Rev. Boone says of his current ministry, "I can't count the number of conversations I've had with individuals, particularly people of African descent, who have been beaten up for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, due to a reading of the Bible that is, if anything, suspect."
Of all people, we know about being excluded, being tormented, being targets of violence. We must stand with these members of our own community, as we have stood before, not stopping until all are safe and know the love of God through us.
And now, please commit yourself to
- celebrate each person for who they are, just as they are;
- share your own personal journey, thus creating a space for compassion to emerge;
- advocate for justice and for legal protections for all who are vulnerable in our congregations and community.
As Rev. Boone declares, We're all sacred beings created by a Holy God. When God created all of us, God called it good. From the inside out.