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Transgender

A Place to Call Home

By Mateo Williamson

Approximately half of the youth who come through our shelter doors are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Where I work, this is our daily reality—a ceaseless, increasing epidemic of LGBT youth homelessness, with no apparent end in sight.

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A Privileged Ministry

By “Sister Monica”

When I was 55 years old and had been a Catholic sister for 37 years, I met a transgender woman, a new experience for me.  I immediately felt drawn to her and wanted to understand her life better.  Later as we sat in my living room, I felt privileged to be entrusted with her sacred and harrowing story of transition.

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Question Time

by Hillary Howes

In the Catholic Church, as a transsexual woman, I don’t officially exist. Officially, the Catholic Church does not have a public policy on the range of gender expression, but considering their policy on gay men, lesbian women, divorced women, women priests, and women who abort, I should count myself as lucky.

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Transgender Equality Resources

The National Center for Transgender Equality has some excellent resources on their website. Below is a sample of what you will find:

Transgender People

Injustice at Every Turn: National Transgender Discrimination Survey (February 2011) Transgender and gender non-comforming people face shocking levels of discrimination in employment, education, health care, and other areas. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey is the first large-scale national study of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming Americans, and paints a more complete picture than any prior research to date.

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Transcending Boundaries Conference a Success

Peggy Burns at Transcending BoundariesThe Transcending Boundaries Conference (TBC) is a convention in the northeast United States for the bisexual community: genderqueer; transgender; intersex and polyamorous people; their family, friends, and straight allies.

This year’s Conference was held in Connecticut during the weekend of April 4-6. DignityUSA was a Conference sponsor and I attended and staffed an information table.

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MORE THAN 90 PERCENT OF AMERICAN CATHOLICS BACK TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

Equally Blessed hails laity's willingness to move beyond bishops' "insensitive and uniformed" teaching

 

WASHINGTON, D. C., November 8, 2011--The majority of American Catholics disagree with the teachings of their bishops on sexual issues so often that it is a wonder that the news media continues to speak of the Catholic Church’s position on a given issue when what they really mean is the position of the Catholic hierarchy.

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