DAVENPORT, Iowa — Last night at the rally in support of trans rights in Davenport, Iowa, Scott Xavier Fieker shared his story of transition and hope. About 100 people came to the Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities to heat from local speakers. The event stayed positive and focused about love and compassion in the trans community. At one point, the community took time to recognize trans people in the audience. A few people who had never been in a welcoming environment before were moved to tears.
We’ve all seen signs outside religious spaces that read “all are welcome”, but how do you know if a congregation is really trans-affirming? It can be hard to trust that we’ll be safe just walking in the front doors. Many trans people have experienced religious trauma from clergy or family members who use religion to punish us. But as a trans person who freely chooses to participate in a religious community, I believe that all of us deserve an affirming space to express our spirituality. Having support in your spiritual journey can be life-saving.
SPRINGFIELD – A measure to modernize Illinois law allowing people to change the gender marker on their birth certificate, House Bill 1785, passed the House by a vote of 63 to 43 on Thursday and was sent to the Senate. If the bill is signed into law, Illinois would join fourteen other states and the District of Columbia in allowing people who are transgender and intersex to change the gender marker on their birth certificate. State Rep. Greg Harris, chief House sponsor of HB1785:
“Today we took a big step to modernize our state’s half-century-old law on how transgender people correct their birth certificates. I want to thank those who voted yes to conform our laws with federal and other state requirements. This is so important for people who now more than ever need to be sure that their identifying documents are in order.”
John Knight, Director of the ACLU of Illinois’ LGBT and HIV Project:
“House Bill 1785 protects Illinoisans facing the unnecessary choice between living without a birth certificate that reflects who they are and undergoing surgery that they may not want or need.
CHICAGO — Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual day honoring those whose lives were lost throughout the year due to acts of anti-transgender violence. We encourage everyone to be more #transfluent – to be more informed and able to advocate for the trans community. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Take a moment to pause and reflect. You are encouraged to light a candle in honor of those transpersons whose lives have been lost due to violence and hate, and to remember those who remain unnamed. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Day of Remembrance concert by ResonaTe, Chicago’s first and only transgender choir.