National Religious Leadership Roundtable calls out Catholic Bishopsâ ill-conceived, trans-denying letter
(December 22, 2017 – Washington, DC) After a group of anti-LGBTQ religious leaders drafted a letter about the transgender community that claimed transgender people are a âfalseâ idea, the National LGBTQ Task Forceâs National Religious Leadership Roundtable offered up some advice: reach out and connect with transgender people â you obviously know little about their lives, struggles, victories and aspirations.
On December 15, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with 20 conservative religious leaders, representing stridently anti-LGBTQ segments of Christian and Muslim faith communities in the U.S., published an ill-conceived, trans-denying letter: âCreated Man and Woman.â The letter referred to transgender individuals as persons that have a âdiscomfortâ with their sex, and claimed to call for transgender people to be âtreated with respect,â but then claimed being transgender is a âfalseâ idea and called on the state to impose âsocial institutions and normsâ onto the transgender community.
The National LGBTQ Task Force published a letter on December 22, in response to âCreated Man And Womanâ from the Task Forceâs National Religious Leadership Roundtable (NRLR) signed on by over 20 religious groups that called out the harmful inaccuracies throughout the letter and implored those religious leaders that had signed on to better educate themselves by reaching out and connecting with the transgender community:
As leaders from a wide range of moderate and progressive faith and spiritual communities, we reject the intent of the letter to deny the existence of our beloved transgender companions.
Finally, we implore those religious leaders who signed the ill-conceived, trans-denying letter, âCreated Man and Woman,â to reach out and connect with transgender people â you obviously know little about their lives, struggles, victories and aspirations. You will learn a lot about the divineâs creative genius if you walk and talk with transgender people and really listen to their stories.
Read the entire letter here.
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