November 20, 2013
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved. Read more.
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New figures published 17 May 2013 show 78 trans people were murdered in 13 countries from 1 January to 30 April this year. – Read more.
Dwayne “Gully Queen.” Jones (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up. Read more
Kelly Young (Baltimore, MD USA)
Police say 29-year-old Rodney Little, who identifies as Kelly Young, was shot in a home in the 2200-block of Barclay Street early Wednesday morning. She was found on the floor suffering from a gunshot wound and transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Read more.
Yung LT (Milwaukee, WI USA)
Milwaukee Police Sergeant Mark Stanmeyer told reporters yesterday that the department has called off the search for the body of Evon Young (better known as Yung LT), a transgender rapper who was allegedly murdered ealier this year. According to Milwaukee’s TMJ4, police spent three weeks searching the landfill where the alleged killers had told them they dumped Young’s body after murdering him. Read more
Gaye (Istanbul, Turkey)
Following suit of a disturbing trend of anti-trans violence in Turkey, authorities discovered a transgender woman dead in her Istanbul apartment Monday night.
The murder marks the fourth homicide of a trans individual in the past seven months in Turkey. The exact cause of death of the woman, who has only been identified as Gaye, is currently pending investigation. Read more
Dora Özer (Aydin, Turkey)
Police in Aydin, Turkey are investigating the murder of a 24-year-old transgender woman who was stabbed to death at her home on Tuesday. Dora Özer was found dead by her housemate, and is the latest victim of a spate of transphobic violence in the country. Read more
Cecilia Marahouse (Fortaleza, Brazil)
According to the ‘Guerrilla Angel Report’ blog site, it is claimed the victim, named by the site as Cecilia Marahouse, worked as a performer and that the shooting took place near Fortaleza, north-eastern Brazil, on 11 January 2013. Read more
Laura Aguilar (Rio Grande, Argentina)
Trans activist Laura Aguilar stabbed to death in Rio Grande, Argentina during an apparent domestic dispute with her ex-partner Carlos Humbeto Traberg. According to TransGriot, Aguilar was among the first under the new Argentine Gender ID law to get an ID change. She is being remembered by her activist friends for her pioneering role. Read more.
Diana Martinez (Monterrey, Mexico)
According to a social media post, a trans woman was murdered in Monterrey, Mexico this week. Diana Martinez was shot 4 times inside the Hotel Colon by a single gunman according to a witness.
The same report said another trans woman was brutally murdered in Hidalgo a few days earlier.
Mylène (Haute-Vienne ,France)
Thursday evening firefighters responding to a call from friends found Mylène, a transgender woman in her Couzeix residence around 8:30 apparently the victim of an attack. Couzeix is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in western France. Read more.
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Since being founded in 1968 by Rev. Troy Perry, the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC, commonly known as MCC) has sparked a spiritual revival and been at the vanguard civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront in service to and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS, in the struggle towards marriage equality in the United States and other countries worldwide, and continues to be a powerful voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and other human rights movements.
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From the desk of Angel Collie, Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries
The Trans Faith Summit, which happened in conjunction with the Unity Fellowship Convocation in Los Angeles California, was amazing. HRC asked me to represent them (Gender Identity Curriculum) and I was also encouraged to represent MCC and the curriculum that MCC Transgender Ministries recently released. Bishop Rawls is very intentional about fostering relationships inclusive of MCC / The Fellowship, and made sure to include MCC / The Fellowship / Unity representation in many of the panels and workshops. On many of the panels and workshops Bishop Rawls made sure to include MCC / The Fellowship / and Unity representation.
I served on a panel called “Clergy Conversations” and delivered part of the sermon at the Closing Worship along with Louis from The Fellowship.
MCCers were there from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, North Carolina, and elsewhere.
Overall, the summit successfully brought together influential and dedicated members of MCC, The Fellowship and Unity. Plans for a similar conference, scheduled for July 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina, are already underway. I look forward to MCC’s continued involvement in summits like this one and, more specifically, for MCC Transgender Ministries to have a place at the table.
From the desk of Angel Collie, Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries
Though I have facilitated this curriculum on multiple occasions, this particular study of HRC’s curriculum seemed more important than ever. With so much at stake considering the current state of ENDA, a clearer understanding of transgender experience in our faith communities and our civil lives is timely and necessary. We need real advocacy for transgender people in our communities and congregations. This training was an opportunity to explain the need for advocacy, outline the pressing issues, and foster leaders in this movement.
The class was a wonderful experience with an intimate group of 15 people. Everyone in attendance eagerly accepted the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and engage in the process. Many of those gathered felt they wanted to be inclusive of transgender people, but just didn’t know how to be!
Transformation in attitudes, language, and understanding effected each participant through the course of our time together. As a facilitator and transgender person, I always feel so welcomed and touched by the warm responses, true eagerness to learn, and willingness to participate even when it becomes uncomfortable. It warms my heart to literally see the “Ah-ha” moments as people begin to truly understand the cost of exclusion of transgender voices and gifts in their communities.
Throughout the training many different moments of connection appeared between the participants and the voices and stories of transgender people featured in the training. Questions were answered, understanding happened, and people began to grasp how deeply exclusion in faith communities hurt transgender people and, thus, why change is necessary.
Participants came in curious and left as advocates who will push for change and inclusion.
I also celebrated an opportunity to spend time with Rev. Robin of MCC Richmond and attend the Sunday Services! The congregation was very excited to hear about MCC Transgender Ministries and had lots of exciting questions! It was a blessing to worship and be in fellowship with my MCC family in Richmond!
From the Desk of Rev. Mel Martinez, Co-Lead, MCC Transgender Ministries
My work with HRC’s Religion and Faith Program culminated in an invitation to represent the program during Soulforce’s Symposium in Philadelphia, November 5-6, 2010. I was exceedingly impressed by the diversity of the gathering, both among attendees and presenters.
We gathered on the Friday prior to our day-long symposium in Love Park (downtown Philadelphia) for a LIFE Rally. Featuring a performance by Ray Boltz, this rally called for solidarity against bullying in our schools. We shivered together, cried together, and spoke together “We Are Accepted!”
Our symposium began early Saturday morning and continued throughout the day. The opening plenary by Jay Bakker (pastor of Revolution NYC church and speaker at MCC’s General Conference 2007) shed light on an ally’s journey among religious leaders. Jay’s perspective: “Silence is Violence!” Amen!
Break out sessions, workshops, discussion panels, and community meals offered all gathered at the symposium the opportunity to consider our next steps and best tools for combating the destructive spiritual violence found in reparative therapeutic measures. We considered the lasting injuries inflicted on ourselves and our siblings through religious abuse and medical abuse. We joined the ongoing dialogue happening among our many organizations represented.
From Jallen Rix, Author of “Ex-Gay, No Way!” and a workshop presenter at the Symposium: “Agree to disagree is not enough. We need to see our differences as what makes our community strong. We need to affirm our differences. The more we can get used to celebrating our differences…[they] make us stronger.”
Ultimately, our Symposium concluded with hope and expectation of one another and our organizations. As a representative of both HRC and MCC, I am optimistic about the efforts our organizations are making worldwide. As a leader in MCC Transgender Ministries, I am hopeful that the true celebration of diversity will continue to make visible the needs of our transgender siblings and to enliven the ministries of all of our siblings as part of the Body of Christ.
Special thanks to Soulforce for the opportunity to gather and dialogue. Special thanks to HRC for honoring me with the opportunity to be a representative of their Religion and Faith Program. Finally, thanks to MCC and MCC Transgender Ministries for allowing me to represent our important work, ministry, and message in the world.