While the battle for Marriage Equality is being fought (and won) in several states and still has a ways to go before becoming legal throughout the U.S., progressive activists are declaring that Transgender rights is fast becoming the next big civil rights battleground in the country. The June 9, 2014 issue of Time Magazine’s cover story is titled “The Transgender Tipping Point.” At Dignity/Detroit’s recent anniversary celebration, Episcopal Bishop Eugene Robinson averred that Transgender spirituality is fast becoming the major issue of discussion among religious circles.
Recently, the DignityUSA Publications Committee had the good fortune to explore collaborative publication of two or three QVs with Jim and Evelyn Whitehead, a clinical psychologist and theologian couple, who have been longtime supporters of DignityUSA. Over the past couple of years, they have written six robust articles (and have secured republication rights to two 12-page articles) on the topic of “Transgender Spirituality.”
Transgender Spirituality is a topic that challenges the outermost boundaries of traditional Catholic thinking on spirituality and is a topic that speaks to the very core of DignityUSA’s mission.
In order to bring these articles to a readership much larger than Jim and Evelyn’s contacts and the DignityUSA mailing list, the Publications Committee would like to solicit sponsorships of two or three special QV issues on Transgender Spirituality. Each 20-24 page issue will cost $8000 - $10,000, depending upon the size of the press run. We are hoping to leverage the interest expected to be generated and reach the broader transgender audience, as well as make inroads in the much larger progressive communities of faith.
If you, your community, Dignity chapter, or organization is interested in sponsoring or underwriting publication of one such QV issue, in whole or in concert with other donors, please contact DignityUSA Publications Committee Chair, Leo Egashira, at Legashira@yahoo.com. Your sponsorship of an invaluable resource will be prominently acknowledged in these truly groundbreaking compilations.