Transphobia has entered the center stage of our national political conversation.
This year, more than 40 anti-trans bills were proposed across the country, North Carolina enacted its hateful HB2 law, and the Supreme Court decided to hear G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board—a legal battle between a local school board and a transgender boy about his ability to use the boys’ bathroom at his high school.
This is not an accident. In fact, a national Christian Right coalition has been building toward this moment for years. The key groups leading these anti-trans attacks are Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and the Alliance Defending Freedom—all members of the National Religious Broadcasters, the group running the Christian Right’s “Christians Vote” campaign to mobilize voters who share their views.
Their social, political, and theological anti-trans movement has increased the already existing hostility, skepticism, and violence towards transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex people—in intensity and form.
This election is an opportunity for us to vote the leaders of these anti-trans attacks out of office.
However, voter ID laws and other voting obstacles created to solve the mythical problem of voter fraud, combined with an increased awareness of and hostility towards transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersex people will make it risky, and in some cases impossible for some to vote in this election.
Whether you are transgender, gender nonconforming, intersex or a cis ally, make sure you know your local voting laws before you head to the polls so no voters are turned away!
Follow the links below so you can know your rights when you go vote!
1. Look up your local voting laws! Make sure you know when to vote, where to vote, and what you need to bring with you to the polls.
My faith is about the transformation of my life and the world I live in—
a charge to treat others as I would want to be treated by them.
My faith requires me to expand my hospitality, to increase my kindness,
to engage justice, and to welcome the stranger. My faith is an inward process
of spiritual growth that extends outwards…
Faith is not enhanced by refusing to
bake a cake or serve a meal or take a picture.
Faith is grown by constant and small acts of being open to grace and to the goodness of others,
even those we might not expect.
Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis
Managing Director, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS)
Excerpt from Liberating Religious Liberty
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