July 29th- 31st 2011
Within the broad LGBT Movement, there have been problematic disconnects
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
movement and beyond.
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
leaders around issues of sexuality within their respective faith and
communities. Ultimately, the Summit provided resources and technical
educate, develop appropriate strategies, and increase networking
transgender men and women as they build, grow, and mobilize around
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.