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Thursday 15. of October 2015 Remembering Two Spirit Traditions

Between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving, we take time to honor Two Spirit members of our community.


Thursday 15. of October 2015 Will You Commit to Intersex Awareness, Today?

As Intersex Awareness Day (October 26) approaches, will you commit to being educated and informed?

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Intersex

Thursday 15. of October 2015 Are you prepared for Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20)?

Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20 annually) is an important part of the life of transgender communities around the world. How will you show your solidarity?

Category: Gather, LEAD ARTICLE - Gather Section

Friday 04. of September 2015 Intersex Awareness Day is Coming (October 26)

Intersex Awareness Day (October 26) is a great opportunity to check our privilege, do our work, and make an effort to be more understanding and inclusive of people with intersex conditions.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Gather, LEAD ARTICLE - Gather Section

Friday 04. of September 2015 Transfaith to join in Utah Faith & Family Power Summit

Join us in Salt Lake City, Utah, starting October 20, 2015 as we begin to a new phase of partnership with the Faith Work program of the National LGBTQ Task Force!

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Gather

Friday 04. of September 2015 TLC Honors Louis Mitchell with Vanguard Award

Transfaith is delighted that the Transgender Law Center will be recognizing Transfaith co-founder, Louis Mitchell with the 2015 Claire Skiffington Vanguard Award at their SPARK gala on October 1, 2015.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Gather

Friday 04. of September 2015 Seeking Participants - Washington DC, September 12

Transfaith is looking for a diverse mix of a dozen people to join us for the Transfaith Suicide Prevention course in Greenbelt, MD (outside Washington DC) on Saturday, September 12, 2015 (9a-5p) with lunch provided.

Tuesday 25. of August 2015 Trans Resistance at AfroPunk Festival

Noting that no trans performers had been included in the line up, trans performers and activists took the stage with their demands, their resistance, their defiance. August 2015.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Gather

Saturday 30. of May 2015 Sean Saifa Wall on Nightline ABC

This 14 min video segment from Nightline ABC (March 2015) includes additional clarifying commentary from Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) as they follow intersex advocate, Sean Saifa Wall, as he confronts his childhood surgeon.

Category: Intersex, Gather

Tuesday 26. of May 2015 Announcing New Partnership with United Methodist Transgender Caucus

Transfaith announces that the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI) is helping to launch Transfaith's new organizational partners program.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Christian, Protestant (Mainline), Connect

Monday 18. of May 2015 Transfaith partnering with "Trans* People and Their Faith"

Announcing Transfaith's new partnership with Working Group on Transgender, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics -- focusing on sharing transgender stories of spirit and resilience on Facebook

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Connect

Saturday 16. of May 2015 Profile: Minister Charlene Jacqueline Arcila-Ecks

Responses to our 5 Questions Profile from recently deceased Minister Charlene Jacqueline Arcila-Ecks. May her memory be a blessing.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Christian, Black Church

Tuesday 12. of May 2015 Two Significant Reports on Intersex Rights in Europe

Important reports from the Council of Europe and the Fundamental Rights Agency both released on the same day.

Category: Intersex, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Sunday 10. of May 2015 AP Article on Intersex Sparks Controversy

An April 2015 story about intersex on the AP News spurs a response by intersex advocate, Jim Ambrose -- emphasizing that wishful thinking is not helpful.

Category: Intersex, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Sunday 10. of May 2015 Malta's Ground-breaking Legislation on Intersex and Trans Rights

Helena Dalli, sponsor of the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Bill (GIGESC), talks about what the legislation means.

Category: Intersex, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Saturday 02. of May 2015 "Owning Our Faith" Interviews Transgender Catholics

The Catholic-focused "Owning Our Faith" documentary project includes extended interviews with Hilary Howes (and her family) and Mateo Williamson.

Category: Catholic and Orthodox, Christian, Our Stories (Christian), NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Tuesday 28. of April 2015 Transfaith for Intersex Concerns

Transfaith launches a pair of new Facebook groups addressing the needs of people with intersex conditions. One group will serve as a space for people with intersex conditions to connect with and encourage one another. The other will be open to all, providing resources for allies and advocates.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Connect, Intersex

Monday 27. of April 2015 The Role of Faith in Bruce Jenner's Transition

Chris Paige highlights the faith story that was revealed behind recent headlines about Bruce Jenner's gender transition.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Christian, Our Stories (Christian)

Friday 17. of April 2015 New Transfaith Facebook Features

Transfaith expands its Facebook presence, with daily prayer and event listings, plus lots more!

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Connect

Friday 17. of April 2015 Believe Out Loud highlights the new Transfaith Memorial Garden

Executive Director, Chris Paige, is interviewed about the new Transfaith Memorial Garden for a feature on the Believe Out Loud blog.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Connect

Sunday 12. of April 2015 Transfaith Memorial Garden on Facebook

The Transfaith Memorial Garden is an effort to make space for our grief, to remember lives well lived, and to claim the deep resilience that comes when we gather together. We gather to create space and hold space in a way that is about healing our communities from within.


Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Connect, Suicide - main, TDOR - The Names

Friday 10. of April 2015 Tennessee March Builds Pride, Visibility, Faith

Rev. Yeshua Holiday reflects on the first March for Transgender Visibility and Rights took place in Nashville, TN.

Category: Black Church, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Gather

Thursday 08. of January 2015 Profile: Rev. Sean Dennison

Debut Transfaith profile, featuring the Rev. Sean Dennison -- author of our new #DailyPrayer feature

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Multi-faith, LEAD ARTICLE

Wednesday 01. of January 2014 I Wish You Could See What I See: Connecting the Movement in 2014

Join us on Facebook for dialogue, connection, and mutual support! Our New Year resolution is about helping us all to feel connected.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Connect

Monday 02. of December 2013 Give Hope on #GivingTuesday

Join Transfaith in giving hope and inspiration on this #GivingTuesday -- and get 8 colorful bookmarks, highlighting spiritual affirmations from 8 traditions as a thank you!


Friday 15. of November 2013 Northeast Two-Spirit Society Visits Drexel University

Cathy White of Drexel University's The Triangle (student newspaper) writes about Harlan Pruden's and Sheldon Raymore's presentation on the history of Indigenous Peoples, and specifically on Two Spirit people. A full video is also available, including the Native dance demonstration.

Category: Indigenous, Getting Started (Two Spirit), NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Monday 11. of November 2013 TDOR Unite! and observing the 2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance (ONLINE)

TDOR Unite! is offering exciting opportunities to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance ONLINE this year!

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Connect

Monday 11. of November 2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance -- An Organizer's Toolkit

Check out new partnerships and resources around Transgender Day of Remembrance, including an online organizer's toolkit.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Pastoral Care

Wednesday 06. of November 2013 Be Proud to be OUT

In "Be Proud to be OUT: An Interview with Two of the Volunteers of NativeOUT," by Collestipher Chatto interviews NativeOUT volunteers, Terra Mathews-Hartwell (Tsimshian/Carrier) and Louva Hartwell (Diné) for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) for the IAIA Chronicle.

Category: Indigenous

Tuesday 29. of October 2013 "Drunktown's Finest" promises realistic portrayal of Nadleeh

New movie, Drunktown's Finest, promises to explore the lives of contemporary Nadleeh in Huffington Post profile, "Native American Transsexual Actress Stars in New Film."

Category: Indigenous, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Saturday 19. of October 2013 India's 'third gender'

In "India's 'third gender': A marginalised social class" from Al Jazeera, we get a brief introduction to the indigenous hijra identity of continental India -- in both historical and contemporary perspective.

Category: Indigenous, Global Voices (Indigenous), Eastern Traditions, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Global Voices (Eastern), Hindu, Multi-faith

Wednesday 16. of October 2013 Two Spirit folks on KBOO Radio

This 60-minute broadcast covers Two Spirit identity as well as the Tribal Equity Toolkit and the Portland Two Spirit Society, with community members from the Portland, OR area including Candace Brings Plenty-Wright and Se-ah-dom Edmo.

Category: Indigenous, Gather

Friday 04. of October 2013 How to be a Trans* Ally (For Ally Week)

Executive Director, Chris Paige, writes for the Believe Out Loud blog about how allies need to listen deeply -- to keep opening ourselves to the experiences of all kinds of "others."

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Christian, Pastoral Care

Tuesday 17. of September 2013 Muxes of Mexico (Photos)

This is a lovely photo spread of muxes from the southern states of Oaxaca in Mexico. Warning for misgendering and ugly comments.

Category: Indigenous, Global Voices (Indigenous)

Saturday 07. of September 2013 Arcus Taps Transfaith Executive Director for New Leadership Initiative

Transfaith Executive Director, Chris Paige, has been tapped by the Arcus Foundation to participate in the new Arcus LGBT Leadership Initiative (ALLI).


Saturday 31. of August 2013 Transfaith in Transition

Now accepting nominations for leadership opportunities nationally.


Friday 30. of August 2013 New TDOR Unite! Coalition Takes Form

Transfaith joins with coalition partners to plan online Transgender Day of Remembrance observance, beginning in 2013.


Wednesday 28. of August 2013 Transfaith Calls for Board Nominations

For the first time since organizational development began 2 years ago, Transfaith is accepting nominations for the board of directors.


Saturday 24. of August 2013 On Good Days and Bad

In the midst of the mainstream media tackling transgender issues, it's important for our allies to be vocal and persistent.

Category: Pastoral Care, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Thursday 22. of August 2013 The Battle for Trans Inclusive Healthcare

In "Chelsea Manning and the Battle for Trans Inclusive Healthcare Without Bias," Janet Mock talks about freedom and safety for all transgender people.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Pastoral Care

Friday 16. of August 2013 Ten Gender Variant Religious Figures

"Ten Intersex Gods and Goddesses" by Lusmerlin Lantigua is a good beginning synopsis of gender diversity in ancient texts and traditions -- but some clarification about actual vs. mythic intersex conditions may be useful.

Category: PREVIEW

Monday 12. of August 2013 Transfaith Suicide Prevention Course Debuts with UCC New York School of Ministry

The new Suicide Prevention Course from the Transfaith Institute will make its public debut in partnership with United Church of Christ's New York School of Ministry.

Category: Pastoral Care, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Gather

Monday 12. of August 2013 The Pope Wants a Mess -- A Trans Latino Catholic Responds

Delfin Bautista reflects on the Pope's recent comments in "Making a Truth-Filled Mess Judgement Free."

Category: Catholic and Orthodox, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Wednesday 31. of July 2013 For Those Who Have Hearts to Know Us

"Five Questions for Transgender Chaplain Cameron Partridge" by Lauren Markoe in the Religion News Service inadvertently engages us around the misgendering of transgender people.

Category: Christian, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Pastoral Care, Protestant (Mainline)

Tuesday 30. of July 2013 On Authenticity and Hope in the Fight Against HIV and AIDS

Positively Aware magazine takes on stigma and shame -- as well as authenticity and the power of hope -- in relation to continuing HIV infection rates, with Jeff Berry and Cecilia Chung.

Category: NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Pastoral Care

Wednesday 24. of July 2013 Josephine (What the Bible Says About Transfolk)

Spoken word artist, J Mase III, takes on Joseph from Genesis in "Josephine,"a spoken word YouTube post.

Category: Christian, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Black Church

Monday 22. of July 2013 Breaking the Gender Covenant

Joy Ladin takes on the messy realities of relationship in "Breaking the Gender Covenant".

Category: Jewish, Christian, PREVIEW

Friday 19. of July 2013 Hearing Our Kin: Trayvon Martin and Our Black and Brown Transgender Siblings

In the Transfaith family, we've been hearing from our Black and Brown siblings that the Zimmerman verdict has brought home a deep sense of risk and vulnerability.

Category: Pastoral Care

Wednesday 17. of July 2013 A love letter to all our Indigenous/Native/Mestiza LGBTQ familia

This powerful letter from Coya White Hat-Artichoker (Sicangu Lakota) and Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Chicana Mestiza) navigates the dynamics of policing Native identity among LGBTQ/Two Spirit communities.

Category: Indigenous

Monday 15. of July 2013 Transgender Profiles in Jewish Daily Forward

The Jewish Daily Forward begins a series called "Transgender and Jewish" with profiles of transgender rabbis and rabbinic students.

Category: Jewish, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Friday 12. of July 2013 Two Spirit Rising: Culture, Spirit, and Gender

David Taffet reports on the growing Texas Two Spirit Society in "Two Spirit Rising" for the Dallas Voice.

Category: Indigenous, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Thursday 11. of July 2013 Pastoral Care in a Global Context

Angel Collie talks about faith work in a Ugandan context in "Finding Hope for Embattled Ugandan LGBTs" by Matt Simonette in the Windy City Times.

Category: Christian, Pastoral Care, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Gather

Sunday 30. of June 2013 Transgender Religious Movements on the Huffington Post

David Weekley, Chris Paige, and Nicole Garcia in "Transgender Religious Movements Grow as More Religious Groups Ordain and Welcome 'T' in LGBT" on the Huffington Post

Category: Multi-faith, Christian, Jewish, Islam, Eastern Traditions, Spirituality, Pastoral Care, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Sunday 30. of June 2013 A Transgender Atheist's Challenge

Kayley Whalen with a challenge for transgender religious allies -- "Embracing Transgender Equality, Inside and Outside Religious Communities" in the Huffington Post.

Category: Non-Theist, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Sunday 30. of June 2013 New Transfaith Institute Debuts!

New Transfaith Institute debuts with new website and workshops at 2013 Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference.

Category: Pastoral Care, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Gather, LEAD ARTICLE - Gather Section, Institute E-News

Tuesday 18. of June 2013 Portland Two Spirit named Queer Hero

Portland Two Spirit Society founder, Amanda Brings Plenty-Wright, was named a 2013 Queer Hero by Heroes NW, a collaboration between Q Center and the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN).

Category: Indigenous

Saturday 15. of June 2013 Spirituality and Transgender Health

Spirituality as a powerful resource for transgender health -- that's the foundation of our work with Transfaith.

Category: Pastoral Care, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Monday 03. of June 2013 Building a Supportive Spiritual Home

Mykal Slack is profiled (twice) on the Believe Out Loud blog, touching on issues of race, class, and gender.

Category: Pastoral Care, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE

Monday 18. of March 2013 Two-Spirit People: Native Americans, LGBT and the struggle for marriage equality

429Magazine did a quick article about Two Spirit people on March 7, 2013. While the article mainly frames issues around LGBT Marriage, it also points briefly to the "culture war" among modern Native Americans.

Category: Indigenous

Sunday 27. of January 2013 Formation of New Queer/Trans Muslim Caucus

Announcing the formation of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD) in the U.S.

Category: Islam

Saturday 12. of January 2013 A New Year’s Resolution for Queer and Trans People of Color

Qui Dorian talks about his passion for yoga and his dream of seeing a queer/trans/brown/round yoga studio in every community in 'A New Year’s Resolution for Queer and Trans People of Color: Forget the Gym, Occupy Yoga Studios' on QWOC Media

Category: Eastern Traditions, NEW MAP - HOME PAGE, Yoga, North American Voices (Eastern)

Thursday 27. of December 2012 Listen to My Spirit

Angelica Ross launches her personal website (MissRoss.com) with insights on Creativity, Spirit, and Leadership.

Category: North American Voices (Eastern), Eastern Traditions, Buddhism

Friday 07. of December 2012 Atheism, Transgender, and “The Invisible Bloke Upstairs”

Becky Garrison reports on a Q&A with comedian Eddie Izzard at the Humanist Community at Harvard in "Eddie Izzard on Atheism, Transgender, and 'The Invisible Bloke Upstairs'” in Religion Dispatches.

Category: Non-Theist

Saturday 19. of November 2011 More than 90% of U.S. Catholics Back Transgender Rights

Polling from Public Religion Research Institute (2011) shows strong support of transgender rights from U.S. Catholics.

Category: Catholic and Orthodox, Christian

Monday 24. of October 2011 Tales of the Waria: Indonesia's Third Gender

"Tales of the Waria" is a film from director Kathy Huang which profiles the waria of Indonesia, who find acceptance in Muslim society that may be surprising to outsiders.

Category: Indigenous, Global Voices (Indigenous), Islam, Global Voices (Islam), Multi-faith

Friday 20. of November 2009 Remembering Two-Spirits This Thanksgiving

Irene Monroe lifts up the need for LGBTQ solidarity with Two Spirit people during Thanksgiving 2009 on the Huffington Post.

Category: Indigenous

Sunday 18. of October 2009 Supporting Indigenous Efforts

Harlan Pruden explores the marginalization of Two Spirit and Native concerns in LGBT funding, while offering a vision for movement building.

Category: Indigenous, Getting Started (Two Spirit)

Thursday 01. of October 2009 David Weekley hits the network news (ABC and CBS)

Media interest in David Weekley's stories has continued to slowly build.  He and his wife, Deborah were on the Early Show this morning...

You can read the ABC News print item here...

You can contact David directly through the new TransFaith Network.  Check it out at network.transfaithonline.org



TRANSFAITH ON-LINE (www.transfaithonline.org) is dedicated to supporting transgender folks in our faith journeys, while providing useful resources to help people of faith become better educated trans-allies.

Monday 31. of August 2009 Slideshow: David Weekley

Monday 31. of August 2009 Congregation embraces transgender minister as his secret is revealed

David Weekley's story is told in Portland, OR

Tuesday 17. of February 2009 Peterson Toscano's Transfiguration featured during Philadephia TransHealth Conference Providers Day (June 11, 2009)

Saturday 07. of February 2009 Spirituality at the 2009 Philly Trans Health Conference

TransFaith Online announces new spirituality track and Interfaith Trans-Clergy Roundtable to be held at Philadelphia TransHealth Conference (June 11-13, 2009; www.transfaithonline.org/transhealth/).

Transgender-identified religious and spiritual leaders are invited to an interfaith luncheon roundtable to share concerns, learn from one another, and strategize for the future. The Interfaith TransClergy Roundtable will be facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek and the Rev. Jayden Sampson, Esq. on the PTHC Providers Day (Thursday, June 11, 2009). Clergy, seminarians, ministers, and other transgender-identified spiritual leaders are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for the luncheon, but pre-registration is required (www.transfaithonline.org/transhealth/register/).

The PTHC spirituality track will also include clergy training opportunities, community workshops, and trans-friendly religious observances. We are seeking workshop proposals for the spirituality track, as well as for all PTHC workshop tracks. Deadline for workshop proposals is February 15, 2009. If you have a workshop idea; if you are willing to serve on a panel discussion; or if you would just like to help make this event happen, please be in touch with Chris Paige at chris@transfaithonline.org or 215-840-2858.


TRANSFAITH ON-LINE (www.transfaithonline.org) is dedicated to supporting transgender folks in our faith journeys, while providing useful resources to help people of faith become better educated trans-allies.

Sunday 04. of January 2009 TransFaith makes New Year's Resolution

2008 was our first full year of active ministry -- and what a year it was!

Wednesday 10. of December 2008 Third Transgender Religious Leadership Summit

Friday 05. of December 2008 TransTorah launches new website!

Helping people of all genders to fully access and transform Jewish tradition...

Tuesday 14. of October 2008 TransFaith launches new Audio/Video project

Hello friends,

TransFaith Online is excited to announce the launch of a new Audio/Video project, called For Such a Time as This. This project picks up where the (cancelled) New Orleans event left off.  While Hurricane Gustav prevented us from gathering in New Orleans in September 2008, several of the intended speakers have been able to gather via conference call!  We are now working diligently to prepare the results for posting online.


The first of our resulting audio sessions is now available online in its entirety (42 minutes). Vickie Boisseau and Randy Klein join in the "Diversity" panel discussion to talk about crossdressing, intersex, and gender fluidity (among other things!).


In addition, we have prepared a 4-minute Vimeo/YouTube video with excerpts from Randy's portion of the conversation, where he talks about crossdressing, suicide, getting healthy, and his new ministry.  Please embed freely and spread the word!

vimeo.com/1954525 (higher quality)

www.youtube.com/watch (lower quality)

Check back for more new material--or join our email list to make sure you get the news while it's hot!


As always, we welcome your feedback!


P.S. Preparing the audio and video segments is time-consuming.  We welcome additional sponsors to join in this project. Please contact Chris Paige (215-840-2858 or chris (at) transfaithonline (dot) org) for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

TRANSFAITH ON-LINE (www.transfaithonline.org) is dedicated to supporting transgender folks in our faith journeys, while providing useful resources to help people of faith become better educated trans-allies.

Monday 08. of September 2008 TransFaith observes National Suicide Prevention Week

Hello friends,

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, with World Suicide Prevention Day landing on September 10.  In honor of the occasion, TransFaith Online has launched new InterSections on Suicide and Depression. Please spread the word!



The Transgender community faces incredible stigma and isolation.  Transgender people, when faced with depression, are too often unsure where to turn for support.  Fearing judgement from family, from friends, and from mental health providers, transgender people may not get the help that we need to manage depression. And untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide.

Suicide is yet another area where research and statistics are scarce.  Studies generally report a pre-transition suicide attempt rate of 20% or more, with MTFs relatively more likely to attempt suicide than FTMs.  But some studies indicate that the rate of attempted suicide for transgender youth is higher than 50%

Please help us break the silence about depression and suicide. Don't be afraid to ask the question, "Are you thinking about suicide?"  Educate yourself about suicide prevention and how you can help: www.transfaithonline.org/intersections/suicide/helping_a_friend/

Suicide is not a solution.  Don't be afraid to ask for help, if you need it.  Don't try to journey through depression and/or suicidal thoughts alone. Help is available: www.transfaithonline.org/intersections/suicide/getting_help/

With isolation and stigma such important factors in the disproportionate suicide rate among the transgender community, we hope to further expand this new area of the website to include stories from suicide survivors, who can speak about what it means to have survived and found supportive community.  If you would be willing to let your story be told through TransFaith, please contact Chris Paige (215-840-2858 or chris (at) transfaithonline (dot) org).

Thank you,


TRANSFAITH ON-LINE (www.transfaithonline.org) is dedicated to supporting transgender folks in our faith journeys, while providing useful resources to help people of faith become better educated trans-allies.

Tuesday 19. of August 2008 TransFaith launches InterSections with information on transgender HIV and AIDS

TransFaith Online is pleased to announce the addition of a new Intersections section of our website (http://www.transfaithonline.org/intersections/), featuring information and resources relating to transgender health and wholeness. 

We believe that nurturing the spiritual health of any community necessarily involves paying attention to issues of body, mind, and spirit. Due to the overwhelming risk-factors faced by the transgender community, health and wholeness is truly a matter of life and death.

In our first installation of TransFaith Intersections, we are highlighting concerns about the rate of HIV and AIDS infection in the transgender community:


We welcome the July/August 2008 issue of "Positively Aware"  (http://positivelyaware.com/2008/08_04/index.html) which focused on the transgender community's status as "Invisible and At-Risk."  However, in researching this topic, we were dismayed at how few other resources exist on-line addressing issues of HIV and AIDS among the transgender community.

While comprehensive data on the transgender community is not available, local assessments indicate that the transgender community has been one of the communities hit hardest by the AIDS epidemic.  There is a desperate need for more resources addressing the unique barriers faced by the transgender community in terms of sensitive prevention and health care resources.

TransFaith Online calls on the transgender people of faith and our allies to:

  • become better educated about transgender HIV and AIDS
  • make sure that your HIV and AIDS ministries are sensitive to the unique needs of transgender people
  • include HIV and AIDS awareness as a part of your transgender advocacy efforts
  • speak out about the way HIV and AIDS is impacting the transgender community

We are also eager for your assistance in further developing our TransFaith HIV and AIDS InterSection.  Please contact Chris Paige (215-840-2858 or chris@transfaithonline.org) with your input, suggestions, and feedback.


TRANSFAITH ON-LINE (www.transfaithonline.org) is dedicated to supporting transgender folks in our faith journeys, while providing useful resources to help people of faith become better educated trans-allies.

Wednesday 13. of August 2008 International Transgender Day of Awareness

This Friday, August 15, is the 42nd anniversary of the Compton Cafeteria Riot in San Francisco, which happened three years before Stonewall.

Tuesday 05. of August 2008 Still time to join us in New Orleans!

There is still time to join us in New Orleans, LA, September 3-7, 2008, for "Many Stories, One Voice" and the transgender pre-event, "For Such a Time as This..." The New Orleans Marriot has extended the deadline for discounted reservations ($99 per night) to August 15, 2008. 

The online reservation system will only give you the discount for the 9/4-9/7/2008.  But if you call the Marriot directly (504.581.1000 or 888.364.1200) and mention "Many Stories, One Voice," you can get the discount for additional nights.

For more information:

Many Stories, One Voice: www.manystoriesonevoice.org

For Such a Time as This: www.transfaithonline.org/fstat/

Chris Paige
chris (at) transfaithonline (dot) org

TRANSFAITH ON-LINE (www.transfaithonline.org) is dedicated to supporting transgender folks in our faith journeys, while providing useful resources to help people of faith become better educated trans-allies.

Wednesday 30. of July 2008 Drew Phoenix reflects on the UMC, HRC, and more (video)

Video blog of interview with transman and United Methodist pastor, Drew Phoenix

Friday 25. of July 2008 Cameron Partridge reports on Lambeth Panel "Listening to Trans People" (video)

A blog entry, including video of Cameron's comments on the panel.

Friday 25. of July 2008 TransEpiscopal visits Lambeth

Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, a transgender Episcopal priest, spoke in Canterbury at the "fringe" of the worldwide gathering of the Anglican communion.

Thursday 24. of July 2008 Big Changes in the World of Intersex Advocacy

Intersex Society of North America closes. Accord Alliance to pick up the mantle.

Wednesday 23. of July 2008 Baptist minister, Allyson Robinson, named as HRC's new associate director of diversity

The buzz on the blogs is now official news from HRC.

Tuesday 08. of July 2008 Unity Fellowship (DC) sponsors Transgender Awareness Month (July)

Join the UFCDC congregation in July as they celebrate Transgender Awareness Month.  Weekly events highlight the T in LGBTQ. Worship service, guest speakers, discussions, film, and a talent show round out a month of festivities for us all. See you there!

PDF Flyer with details


Tuesday 08. of July 2008 For Such a Time as This: A Gathering of Transgender Religious Community

September 3, 2008: historic opportunity for personal networking, community collaboration, and movement building.


Friday 23. of May 2008 For Such a Time As This: A Gathering of Transgender Religious Community

Join us, September 3, 2008, in New Orleans, LA, for personal networking, community collaboration, and movement building.

Thursday 22. of May 2008 Many Stories, One Voice request for proposals

Upcoming Event

TransFaith On-line is working with the organizers of the Many Stories, One Voice (www.manystoriesonevoice.org) conference to develop a transgender-focused pre-event on September 3, 2008, in New Orleans, LA, titled For Such a Time as This.   Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details to follow soon.

Request for Workshop Proposals

Meanwhile, the organizers of Many Stories, One Voice are accepting workshop proposals until May 30, 2008 (see: www.welcomingresources.org/msovrfp.htm).

The inclusion of diverse workshops relating to transgender concerns in the larger conference will help our For Such a Time as This conversations continue throughout the week.  I hope our transgender friends and allies will consider submitting proposals.

Please spread the word!

Chris Paige
Editor and Publisher

TransFaith On-line www.transfaithonline.org TransFaith Online is dedicated to supporting Transgender folks in our faith journeys, while providing useful resources to help Church folks become better educated trans-allies.

Thursday 22. of May 2008 Reverse of ENDA: Trans Methodists Win While Gays Lose

The San Francisco Bay Times considers recent results of deliberations among the second largest Protestant denomination in the U.S.

Wednesday 21. of May 2008 More on DSM-V Committee Selection

Monday 12. of May 2008 Community petition concerning DSM-V committee

Nominees known for supporting reparative therapy types of approaches to gender identity issues.

Friday 02. of May 2008 Methodist ban on transgender fails

Various resolutions against transgender fail in committee at General Conference 2008

Friday 02. of May 2008 Transgender United Methodists share stories

United Methodist News Service highlights transgender presence at General Conference 2008

Monday 28. of April 2008 Transgender Press Conference at UMC General Conference 2008 (YouTube video)

Rev. Drew Phoenix, Sean Delmore, Diane DeLap, and Tina Seitz tell their stories of faith, gender identity, and finding peace.

Category: Videos - documentary, Life in the Church - Truth-telling

Tuesday 01. of April 2008 Julie Nemecek, one year later

Fired from Spring Arbor University in February 2007, Julie continues to advocate, write, and seek dialogue.

Monday 25. of February 2008 Founding the Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE)

A new coalition supporting Transgender rights in Massachusetts.

Sunday 24. of February 2008 Transforming Faith II: Divining Gender

Registration is now open! April 3-6, 2008, in Portland, OR.

Sunday 24. of February 2008 Sexuality and Gender: What do we REALLY know?

Mark your calendar for April 18 and 19, 2008, in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Wednesday 20. of February 2008 Lawrence King: Let's hear it for family values!

"Brandon pulled the trigger, but bigotry and hatred loaded the gun."

Wednesday 20. of February 2008 The Murder of Lawrence King: Where is the Voice of the Church?

Church folks need to speak out about anti-trans and anti-gay violence -- and now is the time.

Friday 01. of February 2008 Transforming Faith II: Divining Gender

Mark your calendar for April 3-6, 2008 in Portland, OR! Registration will be opening soon.

Wednesday 02. of January 2008 Whosoever Godcast featuring Vanessa Sheridan (MP3)

Listen to Candace Chellew-Hodge's interview with pioneering transgender author, Vanessa Sheridan, for yourself!

Category: Stories, Stories, Audio

Wednesday 28. of November 2007 Drew Phoenix on NPR (audio)

Category: Audio

Tuesday 20. of November 2007 HRC cancels TDOR event

Responding to community pressure, HRC will support community-based TDOR event in DC area.

Monday 19. of November 2007 Premiere of Transfigurations--Transgressing Gender in the Bible

New play from Peterson Toscano (also known for "Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House--How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement!") premieres Monday, November 19, 2007 University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Thursday 15. of November 2007 UFMCC Transgender Day of Remembrance Resource Kit debuts

This resource kit includes promotional materials and resources for your TDOR vigil or worship service.

Tuesday 06. of November 2007 Amethyst Ribbon Campaign for transgender suicide awareness

Just in time for your Transgender Day of Remembrance observance!

Wednesday 31. of October 2007 Rev. Drew Phoenix to lead HRC Transgender Day of Remembrance observance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 is a day set aside to memorialize transgender people killed due to hate crimes. HRC's Diversity team and Religion and Faith Program are working with Washington, DC steering committee on a solemn ceremony to be held at the HRC building. The event will start at 6:30; all are welcome. Transgender pastor Rev. Drew Phoenix from St. John's Methodist Church of Baltimore will lead the service.

Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-3278

Thursday 18. of October 2007 Two Spirits Better than One

In "Two Spirits Better than One" in the Gay City News, Christopher Murray interviews Harlan Pruden.

Category: Indigenous

Monday 15. of October 2007 Witness planned for Methodist Judicial Council Oct. 24-27

A group affiliated with the Reconciling Ministries Network is organizing both hospitality and witness beginning and ending with worship. The Judicial Council meetings will be held at the Hilton Hotel San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf.

Monday 15. of October 2007 TransFaith On-line launches new website

Features include email updates, RSS news feeds, exclusive content, and more!

Friday 05. of October 2007 Second Transgender Religious Leadership Summit planned for January 20-21, 2008

This year's invitation-only summit will focus on denominational policies concerning transgender people. Co-sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry together with the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Monday 06. of August 2007 "The Believers" TV debut on the Logo channel

Scheduled for 8/11/2007 (9 pm), 8/13/2007 (5:30pm), and 8/16/2007 (11am).

Saturday 26. of May 2007 Drew Phoenix FAQ

Monday 21. of May 2007 Newsweek explains Transgender