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By Fredrikka Joy Maxwell, a DignityUSA member from Nashville, Tennessee
Do you know that more than 434 tramsgender people have been killed around the world so far this year, and those are just the ones we know about? That's according to the website www.Transgenderdor.org which keeps track of such statistics. All those people will be memorialized at the Tramsgender Day of Remembrance as celebrated in local communities on or about November 20, 2009.
It took me far too long to get it, but my eyes and ears are wide open now. I get it now. My difference is not a curse, it is my richest blessing. You must delight in ironies — the last shall be first; the meek shall inherit the earth, and so forth. In my early years, all I wanted was to fit in. But I was made different from most around me. Only You really know how often I wondered what I had done to deserve this intrinsic difference. My Church called it “evil”. My friends called it “queer”. My parents called it nothing at all. They didn’t even want to think about it. See? See how I used to think about my sexuality as an “it”? I think it is called “disassociation”. “It” was the source of so much pain growing up. How could I have known then what a gift my sexuality would be? A different gift? An unusual gift? A rare gift? A priceless gift? Your gift?
Sunday October 11, 2009, was the most glorious day imaginable. Temperatures right around 70 degrees, a light breeze, a perfect blend of sun and clouds, even a rainbow overhead in the early afternoon. As many people said, it was clear that God was smiling on the National Equality March for LGBTQ Rights. Early doubts about the feasibility of the March and Rally disappeared as bus after bus pulled alongside the march route and discharged their passengers.
It took much too long, more than a decade. And it came at too great a price: the brutal killings of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. are just two among the thousands of crimes motivated by hate and bigotry.
DignityUSA is once again providing a group discount for members and friends who will attend Call To Action's (CTA) National Conference in Milwaukee, WI, November 6-8, 2009. The conference, entitled Everyone at the Table: Rejoicing as the People of God features keynote addresses by Roy Bourgeois, MM, Dianne Bergant, CSA, and Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. To obtain the DignityUS Group discount registration rate of $160, complete the CTA conference registration form, and mail it, along with your payment to:
Below is a statement from DignityUSA's Board of Directors:
Ballots on two proposed amendments to DignityUSA's bylaws were mailed to all members in July. Responses must be postmarked or faxed by August 31, 2009. Mail ballots to
DignityUSA - Elections Committee
P.O. Box 376
Medford, MA 02155
or fax them to 781-397-0584.