Transgender Day of Remembrance

A Church 4 Me, Metropolitan Community Church will observe the 16th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance with a special service on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

This service, which this year is co-sponsored by the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, is themed as “A Candlelight Vigil and Communion of Light” and will be held at 7pm at A Church 4 Me MCC, 1545 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626.

The first Day of Remembrance was in 1999. The event was initially created to mark the one year anniversary of the death of a Massachusetts transgender woman, Rita Hester, whose death remains unsolved. Today, events are held around the world to call on all people of good will to stop the violence, honor the lives of people who have been murdered because they identified or were perceived to be transgender or gender fluid.

A spokesperson for A Church 4 Me MCC, stated the church has held a TDoR service every year and is proud to be cosponsoring this year’s observance with the Coalition.

A special facet of this year’s observance is that the service will be led by transgender activist and seminarian, River Needham, who is a valued and active member of A Church 4 Me MCC. The service will also include participation from a number of transgender people and allies from the wider community. A love offering will also be taken to support the operations of TransLifeCenter, a housing and transition support center for transgender individuals.

Marriage Equality Doubloons

CCWC Marriage Equality Doubloons
CCWC Marriage Equality Doubloons / Photo by JC Wilson

The Coalition commissioned a commemorative doubloon to celebrate the passage of marriage equality in Illinois in 2014. Thousands were distributed along the 2014 Pride Parade route on June 29th. If you or your congregation would like to purchase and distribute some of these doubloons to celebrate this milestone, please email Brent Holman-Gomez.

CLASP: Chicago Shelters LGBT Refugees

The offering taken at our 2014 Ecumenical Pride Service went to Chicago's LGBT Asylum Support Program (CLASP).

CLASP is an outgrowth of a nationwide group called LGBT Faith & Asylum Network (LGBT-FAN) which is dedicated to helping people who are seeking safety in the U.S. because of persecution based on sexual orientation or gender identity in their home countries. CLASP organizers hope to set an example in Chicago and be a model for other cities wanting to help this community.

CLASP is asking for help:

  • Identifying apartments or rooms in homes that can be used for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Providing volunteer jobs while asylum seekers wait to receive asylum.
  • Making tax-deductible gifts of money, food and clothing for asylum seekers who may have fled with nothing.

Donations can be made in care of Broadway United Methodist Church

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