Transfaith Summit 2010: Los Angeles, CA

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One of the worst parts about my decision to be true to myself and live my path as transwoman is that I felt that I was no longer proper to be a member of my religious community. Growing up in conservative areas,it was an unspoken rule from my family that I could not come to church as a girl. Although funerals at the church were fine to attended if I had some money or some type of contribution to the memorial services. I guess I was lucky because I know for some transfolks that unspoken rule for me was not only spoken but spoken loud and clear to them. I still loved God though, so what do I do? Well eventually, as I became more passable, I could sneak into a services and enjoy that old nostalgic feeling of a C.O.G.I.C praise team or an animated but powerful pastor giving his/her sermon. If I was really lucky, I would see somebody praise dance as the Holy Ghost shows up and shows out. That joy would last for little while until the Sodom and Gomorrah sermon comes and I feel the fire and brimstone on my neck. That is alway the last time they see my pumps bumping down the aisle or my hard-earned money in the offering plate.

So when I found out about the Transfaith Summit, I was so excited. Finally, a group of people who get it. They get that faith is INCLUSIVE not EXCLUSIVE. That get that we, the LGBT community, have a love for spirituality too. They get that we need a place to fellowship and network in faith to strengthen our community and our contribution. The is a powerful step that I wanted to be apart of. Thanks to my sponsors, the Freedom Center of Social Justices, I will be there October the 7th to the 11th. If you want more information the summit click the link below.

About Diamond Stylz

Diamond Stylz is a transgender producer/activist/public speaker. She is the host of Marsha's Plate Podcast and the Exe Dir of Black trans Women Inc.From sharing her sultry voice in song, thought leaderships on trans womanist issues,and commentary on life and current events, she will capture your heart.
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