We wondered when planning: How many people would show up. We thought if we got 50, it would be a great start.
How many people care about transsexual health and well-being? Last night we got to see that in this Valley, far more than we knew. It was so reassuring. I’m sure the trans people who were there were reassured.
We all spend so much time complaining about how hard our lives are. They’re not really. And we don’t spend enough time appreciating what we do have.
I’ll tell you, I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be a trans person in this valley. Last night one man at least got to believe that there are those who welcome him. That there’s a Christian church who welcomes him.
That’s worth the world. And it was just a Friday evening in the park. Just a little bit of Peace.
And that was a helluva lot more than some people in that park had ever allowed themselves to dream of.
Peace. We must make it. We must create the space for it. And it’s not that difficult.
Each year, transsexuals, particularly male to female, particularly women of color, are killed. This year, in our country 22 have been killed. Which is an incredibly high number when you realize how few there are who make that journey.
One local church, having just recently completed their journey to become an open and welcoming church has undertaken as their first action in this small area, to hold a vigil.
They posted a sign on their church and now the minister is being harangued by people who know that this is not Christianity.
I’m so proud to be able to support her. So proud to be able to support the people who will dare to speak.
In addition, trans folk try to kill themselves at such high rates because the hatred is so high. How can our fear let us hate, and in hating become such violent ugly people?
It’s easy to see it in others; we must also root it out of ourselves…
If you’re in this Valley, come and stand with us. If you’re somewhere else, go and stand there. Someone’s having a vigil near you.
You can help remember and you can reassure people that there is a place where they are welcome… where love waits with open arms. That your heart is such a place.
Peace. We need to make it.