Flashback: Gen Con 2009 - Prelude to a Toilet
Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That this 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church recommends and encourages all bodies of The Episcopal Church to adapt forms to be fully inclusive of all people: by including lines not only for one’s legal name, but also for one’s preferred name as well as one’s gender identity and pronoun preference.
If you are shaking your head and thinking - well, it just can’t get worse - think again. They plan to build on their “unpecedented progress” accomplished by a “small band” at GC 2009.
Three years ago, a small band of transgender Episcopalians and our allies made unprecedented progress at The Episcopal Church’s General Convention. Against major odds, and with the help of our partner organizations, we won The Episcopal Church’s support in three areas:
1) secular anti-discrimination legislation at the federal, state and local levels (D012 & C048)
2) ecclesial non-discrimination in lay hiring (D032)
3) adoption of more transgender-friendly forms (D090)
There was one resolution on which we fell just shy, however: the prohibition of discrimination against transgender people in access to the ordination process (C061).
As General Convention 2012 approaches in less than three months, a new version of that resolution has been filed: D002. Building on our groundbreaking success in 2009, TransEpiscopal is planning a stronger presence at convention this year, with a larger delegation, more varied and persuasive educational materials, and better preparation and coordination with our allies, The Consultation, Integrity-USA and The Chicago Consultation.
Preparations are well under way. Working with our partners in Integrity, we’ve helped generate “Voices of Witness 3: Out of the Box” – a video and study guide which puts the “T” in LGBT. Copies of “Out of the Box” will be given to all bishops and deputies to educate them to vote for resolutions coming forward for transgender equality.
Knowing what a major difference our presence on the ground made at General Convention three years ago, we can’t wait to go back.
When our time becomes history, many will be able to walk through the ruins of the Episcopal organization that masquerades as a church and easily identify that sign as belonging to the Piskies.
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