transACTION Welcoming Transgender People to Faith

Press Release

New transgender education resource for churches from the Institute for Welcoming Resources

February 13, 2009

Pedro Julio Serrano
Communications Coordinator
(Office) 646.358.1479
(Cell) 787.602.5954

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 — The Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR), a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today announced the release of transACTION, a new curriculum designed for churches and religious institutions to help congregants and members understand and welcome transgender persons into their congregations and faith settings.

“Too often transgender people looking for a place to worship can’t find one to call their spiritual home because most congregations and religious institutions are not ready to welcome them as their companions in faith,” says the Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Institute for Welcoming Resources and faith work director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “Yet, many transgender people of faith are searching for the same things that other believers want: a loving community where worship and working for equality and justice are the focus of their faith experience.”

transACTION is designed to help churches and institutions address this issue of understanding and welcome by providing step-by-step training about the needs, apprehensions and fears of transgender people — as well as the wealth of gifts and graces they bring — while responding to the concerns of the church or religious institution.

The program can be used in three sessions: How Do We Get to Understanding, How Do We Get to Acceptance, and How Do We Get to Welcoming. All sessions include discussions and activities to go along with the information provided in the curriculum.

“We tried to make this a learning experience that would go beyond just the basics of gender identity and gender expression in order to give participants an understanding of the issues and concerns that transgender people have when trying to express their faith and spirituality in a church or any religious setting,” says Barbara Satin, author of the curriculum and a transgender advocate around issues of faith and aging.

transACTION is available for download from the Institute of Welcoming Resources Web site at www.welcomingresources.org. There are two versions of the program: a leader’s version and a participant’s version.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.

Innocences in the Crossfire Utah Senator ''Chris Buttars Kills them All"

Chris Buttars "Kill Them All" full audio at NG Blog.

Human rights activist worldwide are incensed by Utah Senator Chris Buttars latest tirade extolling from his Senate position his racist transphobic and homophobic victories. Buttars rejoiced in recounting "killing em all" in referring to the "black underbelly Gay and Transgender" human rights legislation in Utah. Thrilling to be once again the focus of worldwide contempt and ostrization..... Buttars answer to people who are not exactly the same as he? Kill hope with imprisonment in a "Mormon Gulag." Thankfully the mormon gulag.com/ have been forced to shutdown.

According to wikipedia by Jewish, Muslim and Christian accounts Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities that were destroyed because of cruelty and lack of hospitality. Attributing Sexual orientation or gender identity to this ancient event has been a modern interpretation of key words such as "stranger". In the ancient script about Sodom and Gomorrah the word "homosexuality" is not found.

Buttars, a Mormon legislator from Utah incorrectly attributes the destruction of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to LGBT people. He then says the end of humankind is due to homosexual people. With out concern for humanity or regard for others safety, Buttars joyfully once again has reminded us why the rest of the world despises him. . Buttars is living the reason god will smites evil. Buttars is the devil incarnate. Buttars: Gays 'greatest threat to America'

Innocence in the crossfire.

Buttars shames LDS Church

While it would be easy to beleive Buttars speaks for the entire Mormon Church, this is not the case. After Prop 8 was passed planetransgender was visited hundreds of times daily by Mormon parents. These are people who have been isolated and indoctrinated and intentionally misled by a "Church". People of faith that were incredulous anyone could dislike them in anyway. When thousands of people lined the streets to protest outside the LDS cathedral these parents became afraid and the Mormon church once again left them ignorant, misinformed and defensive in the company of strangers.....Placing Innocents in the crossfire.

By Kelli Busey
February 19, 2009

Naked Teenage Breasts on Law and Order SUV

The story line. Man found beaten unconscious outside a shady strip club. Detectives discover a press on nail close by. The only logical reason for it's being there was a sleazy low life whore lost it while committing or witnessing so they immediately began investigating the clubs dancers, after all who else could that press on have belonged to?( not me I get them done at a salon, and cost $20. clearly not a 'press on')

I do however support our sisters when they have been discriminated against.

(thats me second from the left) the one with press on nails.

The detectives interviewing a pretty fully clad wasp soon discovered a flaw in a young woman's alibi, and confronted her with "what would your parents think" in hopes of dislodging the truth.
Of course she was not a whore, or kinda just a little whoreish. But this still does not solve the mystery because she was not large enough to have done the deed.

Now the show takes a nose dive to the garbage bin, or so it would seem....

Entering a room with the mother present the two detectives begin interview a dressing preteen who with shirt off defiantly answers the detectives inquiries. Lots of full frontal chest nudity. Copious gratuitous chest nudity. Camera backs off as the teen puts on a top and presto the detectives learned she is a transgender girl....

Our Question is.....?

Where would the transgression and immorality of strange adults entering a pre teens room while she was half naked become an issue for a mother? After the audience's curiosity as to what a transgender breast looked like?After the teen had shown enough femininity to satisfy the audience she was passable? Why not have her fully disrobed so the audience can make a determination about her genitalia? Is this question two "Deep" or would that be crossing your line of morality vs entertainment?

The mother clearly was knowledgeable of the teens gender expression why would she allow two strangers to see her half naked daughter without a lawyer about a felony?

Do the producers feel that offending transgender sensibilities such as offering half naked girls would be offset with the upturn in the shows plot when it began a sensitive and honest exploration of the most important aspects of transition?

Just a TV show? Ok but why is the nudity of this transgender girl ok? What would the repercussions be for a network if it broadcast a preteen cisgender female breast.

Remember Jackson's wardrobe malfunction.

This was a morality malfunction.

the futon critic.com

By Kelli Busey
February 19, 2009