Trans Etiquette: Welcoming Transgender Communities to the MCC

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MCC is a wonderful, diverse community of people from many backgrounds and experiences. Throughout our history we have learned to bridge the differences between us and celebrate them. Sometimes this has been a challenging and thought-provoking process.

Transgender people have always been a part of MCC, but it is perhaps only in the last few years that transgender people have become more visible in our LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) communities and in MCC. For many transgender people MCC has provided a safe place in which to explore gender identity and to come out and live in the fullness of our selves as God has created us.

But we still need to consider how to make our churches and communities safe and welcoming places for transgender people, their lovers, friends, and family. MCC needs to take this message of God’s love for all people out into our LGBTQI communities and beyond where transgender people still experience considerable oppression and discrimination on a day-to-day basis.

Making our own faith communities welcoming to transgender people requires us to look at our assumptions about gender and sexuality and what it means to be part of the queer and genderqueer communities.

So, where do we start?

The following resource has been compiled from the suggestions, comments, and questions of many people who are transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, male, female, genderqueer, young, and old and from books, the internet, caucuses, discussion groups, and on and on. This list is only the beginning of Trans-etiquette that we can all know.

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