I came across this article and open letter from Believe Out Loud, an open and affirming faith-based website. The letter is obviously in response to the current wave of hatred and fear and discrimination being directed at the Transgender community.
It is important for the Transgender community to know that we are loved and needed and wanted in this world. It is important to hear it from the religious communities around us that we are all God’s children and that hatred and bigotry will not and cannot stand.
It is time for bridges to be built and for people to come together and come to some middle ground or some better understanding of what is at stake for each of us. I think if more people understood what it means to be transgender, if more people understood that we are not criminals or sex fiends or perverts or sex offenders, it would make a major difference in how we are perceived.
Whether we are talking about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, or any other faith or religion or even philosophy like Confucianism or Taoism, there should be no room for hatred or intolerance or discrimination. And it is important for our religious leaders as well as their lay persons to speak out in support for all persons regardless of their gender expression or gender identity.