2011 Transfaith Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina


July 29th- 31st 2011

Within the broad LGBT Movement, there have been problematic disconnects

with the

Transgender Community. These were particularly noticeable in the 2009


Non-Discrimination Act’s political and social organizing efforts.

Allies and members within the LGBT community struggled with whether the


population could be included in this first wave of those being given


to employment protection under the law.

This disconnect is compounded by the challenges members of the transgender


face within communities of faith — even those who profess to be progressive


inclusive. To have the strongest communities of faith and social justice


we must have one that not only affirms but actively includes those who are


gay, bisexual and yes, transgender. One of the ways to fill this gap is to


members of the transgender community to engage with broader segments of

the LGBT

movement and beyond.

The Solution:

Grassroots Education + Empowerment To address this,

the Freedom Center for Social Justice (FCSJ) invited a group of

transgender people of color to the table to shape and frame a

summit to train

a cohort of transgender people of faith to work as grassroots activists

and opinion

leaders around issues of sexuality within their respective faith and


communities. Ultimately, the Summit provided resources and technical

support to

educate, develop appropriate strategies, and increase networking

opportunities for

transgender men and women as they build, grow, and mobilize around

‘personal’ and

policy relevant issues.

The Summit has now led to a TransFaith In Color Conference. The Conference

will be an annual event for transgender people and allies.

For 2011 and 2012,this event will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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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2 Responses to 2011 Transfaith Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina

  1. Julie says:

    My name is Julie, I am 44 and live in Tennessee. Currently, I am in enrolled in a Developmental Psych class- seeking a master’s degree in school counseling. I am working on a presentation focusing on TRANSGENDER people- I just came across your page. I would appreciate you allowing me to share some of it in class with others studying to be counselors.
    You truly are amazing, I am grateful to have your insight- you have helped me more fully understand- and I would like to “pass it on”.
    Thank you so very much for all of your work——education and entertainment. GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!


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