Transgender-Nonbinary

Resources for Solidarity and Action

#TransJustice #UCCMovement

UCC Pride Month Call to Action:

Rise-up in solidarity with people of transgender or nonbinary experience

Saying “the stakes have never been higher,” a letter from the national setting of the United Church of Christ is calling the entire denomination to a special focus during Pride Month, June 2022. It urges all “UCC communities to center trans experience, advocacy and care in your Pride celebrations this year.”

Trans-Nonbinary Pastoral Letter

The Council of Conference Ministers, the Officers of the United Church of Christ, and the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition join together in a pastoral letter addressing the attacks on people of transgender or nonbinary experience across the United States.

UCC Trans-Nonbinary Toolkit

Given what is at stake for our trans, nonbinary and queer kin, we are calling on UCC communities to center trans experience, advocacy, and care in your PRIDE celebrations and beyond this year. Add your voice to the collective effort toward justice for trans and nonbinary people. This Toolkit is designed to provided resources for your engagement.

Beloved By God Video Campaign

The United Church of Christ Trans-Nonbinary Strategy Group is calling on all faith leaders to record and post on social media a 30-second video offering words of encouragement, support, and solidarity with people of Trans and Nonbinary experience, their families, loved ones, and allies using the hashtags: #TransJustice #UCCMovement.
Learn more …

Action Alert!

TRAINING:
Prayer and Preparation:
Introduction to Rapid Response and Embodiment Practices when armed disruptors come to your PRIDE event (or other public LGBTQ spaces).


Thursday,
June 23, 2022,
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join Rev. Tracy Howe, Minister for Congregational and Community Engagement and Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley, co-founder of Congregate Cville for an introduction to rapid response and embodiment practices to help local church members prepare and respond for this kind of violence.  Topics such as risk assessment, intervention, communication and organizing in various scenarios will be addressed.
– Register here.

Transgender and Nonbinary Dignity and Rights Under Attack

These talking points are for use in general conversation, panel presentations, interviews, church legislative bodies, and other settings of engagement on the issues. Anti-trans political forces are trying to criminalize families and doctors as they work to address the trauma of being assigned a gender at birth that is incongruous with the child’s or adult’s actual gender identity. Children are being targeted by banning them from sports teams that match their gender. These attacks not only impact trans and nonbinary children and youth, but adults and seniors, as well, and are drivers of crimes against trans and nonbinary people that continue to escalate. These actions threaten the safety and well-being of the whole community.

More Resources:

Trans-Nonbinary-Centered Worship Resources
  • TRANS JUSTICE IS RACIAL JUSTICE TOOLKIT
  • An Open Letter…And We’re Still Here
    Spoken word poet, Schmian Evans offers an open letter for Trans Day of Visibility – and every day – that celebrates the persistent resistant belovedness of trans, queer and nonbinary people of color whose light cannot be dimmed by transphobia or anti-trans policies and laws.
    • Messengers for Justice: Trans Latinx Women Speaking Out in Collaboration
      Among a population that experiences multiple layers of oppression, transgender immigrants of color are among the most vulnerable to discrimination and violence. Rev. Rhina Ramos shares the story of the collaboration between Ministerio Latino, a UCC Spanish-speaking congregation that welcomes the LGBTQI Latinx immigrant community, and Charlotte, a formerly detained trans Latina advocating for trans siblings who were still incarcerated.
Tips on writing op-eds, letters to the editor, and related actions: 

  

UCC News Story: UCC ‘a visible presence’ at National Tran Visibility March in DC.