by Greg Gray
It is hard to believe how time has flown by since we all met together in June for Annual Meeting in Hartford. At Annual Meeting we accomplish many things for the work of the church, but from my perspective the most important accomplishment was when we passed “A Resolution of Implementation Recommending Churches of the Connecticut Conference Mark Transgender Remembrance Sunday.” Just as a friendly reminder November 20th each year is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), and our resolution asks that each church mark the Sunday prior to TDOR as Transgender Remembrance Sunday. This year that Sunday will be November 19th.
The statistics are staggering! Each year the list of trans individuals killed for no other reason than their gender expression is so long that it defies explanation. This year is no different. There are 25 names in the United States alone, and with a couple of week to go it is possible, if not likely, that this number will continue to increase.
Friends, God has work for us to do. Please talk about this with your congregations in the days ahead. For many of us these deaths are unknown, and the importance of marking this Sunday may require some education. However, the Church should have something to say about this. These deaths must end!
Sean Ryan Hake – Sharon Pennsylvania
Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Mesha Caldwell – Canton, Mississippi
Jojo Striker – Toledo, Ohio
Jaquarrius Holland – Monroe, Louisiana
Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond – Chicago, Illinois
Chyna Doll Dupree – New Orleans, Louisiana
Ciara McElveen – New Orleans, Louisiana
Alphonza Watson – Baltimore, Maryland
Chay Reed – Miami, Florida
Kenneth Bostick – Manhattan, New York
Sherrell Faulkner – Charlotte, North Carolina
Kenne McFadden – San Antonio, Texas
Kendra Marie Adams – Ithaca, New York
Ava Le’Ray Barrin – Athens, Georgia
Ebony Morgan – Lynchburg, Virginia
TeeTee Dangerfield – Atlanta, Georgia
Gwenevere River Song – Waxahachie, Texas
Kiwi Herring – St. Louis, Missouri
Pepper K – Mansfield, Ohio
Ally Steinfeld – Texas County, Missouri
Kashmire Redd – Gates, New York
Derricka Banner – Charlotte, North Carolina
Scout Schultz – Atlanta, Georgia
Candace Towns – Macon, Georgia
In addition to calling on the churches of the Connecticut Conference to mark Transgender Remembrance Sunday (Nov 19th), the Connecticut Conference Open and Affirming Ministry Team will be hosting a Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil at the Connecticut Conference Office (125 Sherman St, Hartford, CT 06105). We will observe our vigil on Monday November 20, 2017 at 7 PM. Come share in this service as we let the Church speak against the evil of these murders.
Editor's note: On Nov. 19 at 5 PM, United Church on the Green in New Haven and the New Haven Pride Center are sponsoring a free screening of "A Self-Made Man," an award-winning documentary which interweaves the poignant personal story and important life work of Connecticut resident Tony Ferraiolo with his life work as a transgender youth advocate.
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