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The Rev. Mykal O'Neal Slack is the founder and lead organizer of 4LYFE, an ecumenical, consultative ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches that provides pastoral and educational resources to address sexual orientation and gender identity issues in faith communities across a broad spectrum, inviting everyone to Live Your Faith Everyday. He also serves First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist as a Worship Leader and Community Life Coordinator, supporting their efforts to become a multiracial, multifaith, justice-making community.

As part of his ministry, Mykal is the Director of Spiritual Outreach for the Trans People of Color Coalition, the only national organization that seeks to promote the social and economic equality of all black and brown transgender and gender non-conforming people. Before ministry called him, Pastor Mykal spent several years in public service, clerking for the Honorable Marilyn D. Go at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and serving as an attorney for the ACLU LGBT & HIV/AIDS Rights Projects. He currently blogs on and is a recently featured blogger on Believe Out Loud, an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.

Recent Posts

Mar 07, 2017

One of the most frustrating and emotionally and spiritually damaging aspects of Transgender justice work is the persistent confrontation with silence. There is always a moment when individuals, organizations of all kinds, family members or friends, communities of faith, and government entities have an opportunity to offer care, kindness and compassion into our lives as Trans and gender nonconforming people. 

And yet, far too often, what follows any threat to our personhood is nothing but silence. 

Dec 16, 2014

Etched in my memory on a daily basis these days are the Black men who have been killed over the last several months by people whose task it was to protect and serve them.

May 07, 2014

Whenever I think about my experiences over the years at the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Conference for People of African Descent, Our Allies and Friends (PAD), I can't help but think of the Tree of Life. Perhaps you've encountered this tree (pictured above) before and just didn’t know it.

Nov 19, 2013

Earlier this year, I was able to attend the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. For those of you who may not know, this is a gathering of trans, genderqueer, gender bending, gender transcending and otherwise gender non-conforming (GNC) people of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations and income levels, as well as our families and friends, for opportunities to connect, learn and grow together.

May 21, 2013

As a child, I was taken to my grandmother's Baptist church in South Georgia every Christmas and Easter. While I am thankful for those experiences with her and have come to understand just how deeply and beautifully her faith has impacted me, I didn’t feel particularly connected to the church at that time. It wasn't until I was in law school that I felt a real desire to be a part of a church community on my own terms. 

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