Monday, July 09, 2018

Don’t Paint With A Broad Brush

How many times do we blame everyone for the action of a few.
Lesbians come out in support of trans people after group blocks Pride parade
A group of lesbians compiled a video declaring their support for trans people
Gay Star News
By James Besanvalle
July 8, 2018

When a group of lesbian activists blocked the Pride in London parade yesterday (7 July) to protest against trans people, the internet responded overwhelmingly by calling them out.

But perhaps the most vocal support for the transgender community came from lesbians themselves, wanting the world to know that the actions of a small minority do not represent the community as a whole.

So people started taking to social media and using the hash tag: I Stand With Trans People.
She tweeted: ‘I really need my cis-lesbian sisters to be vocal and take a stand on this! I am proud Black Lesbian socialist and those women and their anti-trans message do not speak for me! #IStandWithTransPeople’

‘I am a cis female lesbian, I support trans rights’
In a truly remarkable show of solidarity, the love and support began flooding social media feeds across the world.

One group of cisgender lesbians even compiled a short video repeating the statements: ‘I am a cis female lesbian and I support trans rights – trans women do not erase me. Keep the L with the T.’ 
I know many lesbians and they are very supportive of trans people and trans rights. They have worked for passing all the legislation that we have here in Connecticut. I know many lesbians who have been open and welcoming to the trans community. I have many lesbians who call me a friend. So please do not paint all with the same brush.

Speaking of broad brushes …

At the Episcopal General Convention in Austin this week...
  1. Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church reaffirm its support for the enactment of laws at the local, state and federal level that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or the expression of one’s gender identity; and be it further
  2. Resolved, That The Episcopal Church support legislative, educational, pastoral, liturgical, and broader communal efforts that seek to end the pattern of violence against transgender people in general and transgender women in particular, calling attention especially to the rising violence against transgender women of color; and be it further
  3. Resolved, That The Episcopal Church oppose all legislation that restricts public restroom, locker room and shower access for transgender and gender non-conforming people, recognizing that such bills disproportionately impact and contribute to a pattern of violence against transgender women and non-binary identified people; and be it further
  4. Resolved, That The Episcopal Church ask dioceses and parishes to remove barriers to full participation in congregational life by making their gender-specific facilities and activities fully accessible to all, regardless of gender identity and expression

This resolution reaffirms the support of The Episcopal Church for transgender people by calling upon the General Convention to lift its voice in response to the rise of anti-transgender rhetoric, legislation, and violence across the United States. It builds upon earlier General Convention resolutions (2009-C048, 2009-D012, 2012-D022, 2015-D028) and public statements by the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies decrying this pattern, including the recent legislative efforts in Texas and the declared ban on transgender people serving in the military. Building upon this foundation, this resolution calls us to recognize and respond to the lethal violence against transgender people that has risen sharply over the last several years, disproportionately
impacting transgender women of color. It also challenges us to name how so-called “bathroom bills,” which have likewise increased markedly in recent years, are part of that same pattern of violence, impacting not only transgender people in general but more specifically targeting transgender women
Once again, don’t paint all religions the same; there are a number of religions that support us. When we were trying to pass the non-discrimination bill here in Connecticut we had an Episcopal Bishop, priests, pastors, and minsters speak in favor of the bill.

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