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    Mon, 13 Mar 2017
    blogIt’s Up to Us (Always Has Been)

    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... more...

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    Tue, 28 Feb 2017
    blogYoung, Trans, and Afraid of the Bathroom

    Editor's Note: Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice made it clear that they will not uphold guidelines designed to help schools support transgender students. Our faith tells us trans students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect—this includes the ability to use bathrooms and locker rooms that... more...

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    Mon, 13 Feb 2017
    blogThe Steep Path: How Muslim Allies Can Resist...

    Originally published in December 2015, this post has particular resonance this week following President Donald Trump's Executive Order to restrict immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. This bans stigmatizes and harms immigrants, refugees, and Muslims, and it is an assault on the values we hold dear, including... more...

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017
    blogBelieve Out Loud To Debut New Training At...

    Next week, the staff of Believe Out Loud will join more than 4,000 attendees in Philadelphia at the 29th annual Creating Change conference, which is hosted each year by the National LGBTQ Task Force.  This year, the Believe Out Loud team will debut a new training: Digital Strategies for Faithful Action.  This year's... more...

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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017
    blogTo Be Known: My Journey To Standing Rock

    My entire life has been an exercise in chasing after the fulfillment of being known. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela but have lived in the Latin diaspora since I was 3 years old. I have never returned home. I do not know my people, my language, or my birth family. I’m exhausted from chasing what I imagine is the... more...

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016
    blogComing Out As Trans In An Affirming Faith...

    Affirming pastors can have an immeasurably positive impact in the lives of their LGBTQIA congregants. Hannah Soldner, a Believe Out Loud blogger, is lucky to have three affirming pastors who accompany her on her faith journey. Rev. Mieke Vandersall, the second openly gay minister to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church, is one of... more...

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016
    blogMy Hope Is In Us

    Advent is the great liturgical season of waiting. We yearn, we search, and we reach out, and we dream of Immanuel who will walk amoung us. We spend much time preparing our homes and our churches for the holiday, and we wait. This season of waiting with expectation is the perfect time to work on our relationship with the Divine, to focus... more...

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    Mon, 24 Oct 2016
    blogBeing Trans In An Age Of Violence

    I grew up in Northern Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and learned to think thru my body and not only depend on rational thinking per se. As an always gender non-conforming person who later found a home in naming themself a non-binary Transgender person, I have always lived with a particular set of vulnerabilities. Read more. more...

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    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    blogSeeking My Reflection

    I grew up in the UK during the era of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister. Thatcher’s ideal England was as traditional as the Adventist churches I attended every Saturday, and their shared social philosophy was our water and air. One of Thatcher’s legacies was a local government rule called... more...

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    blogBack To School For Trans Kids

    The back-to-school season can bring a mixture of emotions for parents and kids alike. For some it’s all excitement. For others, it’s nervousness and trepidation. For transgender children and their parents, it can be a time of sheer terror. While some schools (and the communities they are in) are great, others are so... more...

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