Transgender Day of Remembrance and After Shul Special at Beth Chayim Chadashim
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November 15, 2012
This coming weekend will mark the eighth year that Beth Chayim Chadishim, the world’s oldest queer synagogue, will have a special Shabbat service to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance is held all over the world on November 20th to commemorate the lives of those lost to bigotry and anti-transgender violence, with related events happening throughout the month of November. “The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, …[and] publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people… [and] gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil...” - Gwendolyn Ann Smith, http://www.transgenderdor.org (don't view this link)

Services at BCC will celebrate and remember the lives of our lost Trans/Gender Queer sisters and brothers in community with song and prayer. Led by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Cantor Juval Porat and Transgender Lay Leader Kadin Henningsen. Kadin, the first transgender person to serve on BCC's Board of Directors, had this to say about the upcoming event: "What I really love about BCC's Transgender Day of Remembrance Shabbat is how inclusive it is. While lay leadership has been a long-standing tradition at BCC, Rabbi Lisa Edwards and Cantor Juval Porat have really helped empower transgender members of the community to be actively involved in creating and leading the TDOR Shabbat service. I feel very blessed to have their continued support and encouragement while helping BCC over the last four years create a strong TDOR Shabbat tradition that is both meaningful and speaks to the transgender experience through song, liturgy and prayer." (See below for full event information.)

While this is the eighth time that BCC has commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is the very first time that they have combined this rather somber event with the much more uplifting After Shul Special concert featuring Coyote Grace and organized by the 20s/30s havurah. Coyote Grace is a folk trio mixing bluegrass and blues, soul and Southern twang, armed with a bevy of acoustic instruments from guitar and upright bass to banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and accordion. I am extremely excited for this new development, because it is crucial that along with remembering the struggles that we face as transgender people, that we also celebrate the beauty of our lives. Coyote Grace is a perfect fit for this because their song lyrics range from the political to the emotional, from funny to painful to uplifting, and they put on a fantastic and energetic live show. See below for tickets and event information.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Services in Los Angeles:
Friday Nov 16th, 7:30pm
Beth Chayim Chadashim
6000 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Join us for a special Shabbat service in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance led by Rabbi Lisa Edwards, Cantor Juval Porat and Transgender Lay Leader Kadin Henningsen. Celebrate and remember the lives of our lost Trans/Gender Queer sisters and brothers in community with song and prayer. This will be followed by an oneg.



Words of the wise:

"This conference is not an academic exercise designed to promote and encourage different points of view on LGBT issues; it is simply a venue to criticize Israel for the most absurd reasons. The academic community should find the conference abhorrent, because it disregards the key aspects faced by the LGBT community which is global repression in many other countries. The conference smacks of an effort to discredit Israel." 

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, regarding a conference being planned by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at City University of New York that will accuse Israel of using their strong record on gay rights to detract from the “oppression of Palestinians,” as quoted by The Algemeiner Journal

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I'd be able to laugh, if it were not for the fact that LOTS of catholics and catholic parishes either support these perverts morally or open their Church doors to welcome them and their screwed up lifestyle.

The Catholic Church lost moral credibility here.  We'd be better off ignoring it for 100 years since a huge number of Catholic priests have been kiddy fiddling and the Church has covered it up at the highest levels.

No Catholic will be taken seriously on this for a VERY LONG TIME.
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They should do a remake of Fiddler on the Roof for queer trans-whateverthehecks  Instead of the Song  If I were a Rich man they could have  If I were a Woman.
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(11-16-2012, 08:42 AM)ggreg Wrote: I'd be able to laugh, if it were not for the fact that LOTS of catholics and catholic parishes either support these perverts morally or open their Church doors to welcome them and their screwed up lifestyle.

Yeah the only reason you dont have transweirdos with their own Mass is that it is "officially" condemned.
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Didn't that super duper coolest Cardinal Burke admit a transfreakshow into a Convent.
Never understand why trads idolize him.
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Should we not maintain a level of charity towards these people which is befitting of Christians?  Certainly calling them "freaks" and similar titles seems to go against the "respect, compassion and sensitivity" they deserve. (To use CCC 2358 analogously.)

Put yourself into their shoes for a brief moment: In your mind, you are 100% confident of being the opposite gender.  All of your thoughts, feelings and inclinations are aligned with that of the other gender, your attractions are to your same sex -- but in a heterosexual manner --, and your brain is even convinced that you are physically the other gender, leading to much discomfort.  To fit into society you live the entirety of your day and life in a way which is not only unnatural to you, but frequently is contrary to your natural tendencies.  Nothing can be taken for granted: you have to watch you language so as to never use gender-specific forms of words, and even using the bathroom is something which you frequently are forced to forego.  You are further subjected frequently to being treated by others in a manner which makes you feel terribly uncomfortable, but can never vocalise this discomfort.  Should you attempt to seek support from a friend, you are more likely to lose that friend than to gain said support, which can make you feel isolated and unable to be trusting of anyone.  Combine that with the constant physical pain from the aforementioned disconnect between your physical body and what your brain thinks is your physical body.  You will most likely suffer from constant depression, even as a faithful Catholic striving to live in accordance with Church teaching.  And then to cap it off, you will be called a "freak".

So I echo what the Church has said: They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
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(11-16-2012, 06:59 PM)Steven Wrote: Should we not maintain a level of charity towards these people which is befitting of Christians?  Certainly calling them "freaks" and similar titles seems to go against the "respect, compassion and sensitivity" they deserve. (To use CCC 2358 analogously.)

Put yourself into their shoes for a brief moment: In your mind, you are 100% confident of being the opposite gender.  All of your thoughts, feelings and inclinations are aligned with that of the other gender, your attractions are to your same sex -- but in a heterosexual manner --, and your brain is even convinced that you are physically the other gender, leading to much discomfort.  To fit into society you live the entirety of your day and life in a way which is not only unnatural to you, but frequently is contrary to your natural tendencies.  Nothing can be taken for granted: you have to watch you language so as to never use gender-specific forms of words, and even using the bathroom is something which you frequently are forced to forego.  You are further subjected frequently to being treated by others in a manner which makes you feel terribly uncomfortable, but can never vocalise this discomfort.  Should you attempt to seek support from a friend, you are more likely to lose that friend than to gain said support, which can make you feel isolated and unable to be trusting of anyone.  Combine that with the constant physical pain from the aforementioned disconnect between your physical body and what your brain thinks is your physical body.  You will most likely suffer from constant depression, even as a faithful Catholic striving to live in accordance with Church teaching.  And then to cap it off, you will be called a "freak".

So I echo what the Church has said: They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
This doe snot apply to TRANSGENDER FREAKS. GET IT?  Puke
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(11-16-2012, 09:09 PM)GottmitunsAlex Wrote:
(11-16-2012, 06:59 PM)Steven Wrote: So I echo what the Church has said: They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.

This doe snot apply to TRANSGENDER FREAKS. GET IT? 

Respect, compassion, and sensitivity do not apply to "transgender freaks"?

We must of course distinguish between people who are inter-sex and quietly carry their burden, and those who cross-dress, mutilate their bodies, and so on, in a misguided attempt to change their nature. It seems to me that Steven was referring to the former, nor the latter. But even so, love the sinner, hate the sin, right?
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(11-16-2012, 09:38 PM)m.PR Wrote:
(11-16-2012, 09:09 PM)GottmitunsAlex Wrote:
(11-16-2012, 06:59 PM)Steven Wrote: So I echo what the Church has said: They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.

This doe snot apply to TRANSGENDER FREAKS. GET IT? 

Respect, compassion, and sensitivity do not apply to "transgender freaks"?

We must of course distinguish between people who are inter-sex and quietly carry their burden, and those who cross-dress, mutilate their bodies, and so on, in a misguided attempt to change their nature. It seems to me that Steven was referring to the former, nor the latter. But even so, love the sinner, hate the sin, right?
But we must also call a spade a spade. It is one thing is to be charitable, another is to be willfully blind.

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(11-16-2012, 09:46 PM)GottmitunsAlex Wrote: But we must also call a spade a spade. It is one thing is to be charitable, another is to be willfully blind.

Absolutely. But again, we must be compassionate, and calling someone "freak" - accompanied by a little 'puke' emoticon, no less -  is cruel.

The intersex are well aware that they are not normal and will never be, because they live between two categories - male and female - that are mutually exclusive. Then come gender-denying feminists and tell them that gender is a social construct anyway, so they can live like their chosen gender if they like. Then these gender-deniers use these people to prove that male and female are not mutually exclusive categories. This is perverse, therefore stuff like what is in the OP must be condemned - but it's the gender-transgressing that we are condemning, not the people who are confused.
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