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Community Interview: Carmarion D. Anderson


Editor’s Note: Transfaith sits down with anointed minister, educator, and drummer-musician Carmarion D. Anderson at the 2016 Black Trans Advocacy Conference.

How would you describe your spiritual or philosophical perspective?

My spiritual and philosophical perspective is that I am created with gifts, I am created with callings, I am created by universe, I am created out of love. Love to me is a person. That gives me the power to know that I was created very well.

How has your spiritual or philosophical perspective evolved over time? What kind of challenges or opportunities have shaped your perspective?

I grew up in a very traditional, fundamental teaching. Now that I have the opportunity to duplicate what I came out of I’ve noticed that I have been able to take those old fundamental teachings and still make it applicable.  There is some truth in it, but making it more (in my choice of words) making it more palatable for others that are seeking hope and restoration through the love of a person which I believe is our creator.  What has evolved is the message remains the same but the presentation [has changed] so it can actually be obtained by the individuals so they will be able to know what their truth is that pulls out who they are.

How do you see your work in the world?  How does your spiritual perspective impact your work?

I work in health disparities and prevention. I target certain populations as it related to Sexually Transmitted Infections).  My spiritual journey, my call to the nation, [and] my clergy call [are] very much impacted, because one of the biggest target populations is our Black community.  We’re engrossed already with the culture of spirituality, so when there is bad news or anything that they cannot deal with, they tend to jump on the bandwagon of their spirituality. I have an opportunity to reinforce to them that that’s good, but that your spirituality is to empower you. Know that whatever the element is it was already designed by purpose, and that you shall live and not actually die because you are connected spiritually. I enjoy being able to use my practice of faith to encourage individuals on an inclusive level, to let them know one that we are not gonna hide behind our spirituality. We will be accountable for our decisions because we serve a sovereign creator who is love in a person form and lives in all of us. I am here to partner with you so you can have a prosperous journey.

Carmarion D. Anderson resides in Austin, Texas and has a Public Health background focusing on HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in communities. She is a well-respected clergy of faith, advocate, and educator and has had national recognition for her work. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Black Transwomen, Inc. and South Regional Minister for TransSaints of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.

Carmarion is a visible trans-identified person who advocates for Inclusion and Social Justice within the LGBT community. She participates on many steering committees related to Transgender support, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV/AIDS resources. She is highly involved with outreach initiatives in many different areas while providing educational opportunities to redefine the “T” in Transgender. In addition, she advocates for resources that are not generally made available to the transgender community – at large. She is committed and dedicated to her work by bridging the gap of discrimination towards the transgender community.

Carmarion is the proud parent of one child and enjoys spending time with her adorable grandchild.


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