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“However, it is not right to profess oneness and equality in Christ through sacramental covenants and then to deny them by word or action. Such behavior wounds Christ’s body and denies what is resolved eternally in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” – Community of Christ Holy Text

I see Gayle. Who has inspired me with her journey. Who provided beautiful pastoral ministry that was just what I needed while in retreat with others in the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies.

I see Ramsley. Who is strong and courageous in being a voice for themself. Who helps so many new people gain a deeper awareness and understanding because they share their story with all of us.

I see Leo and Mason. Who are bravely embracing who you are at a young age. Who have amazing parents who accept you and are lovingly walking this journey with you. Who does not have an easy road ahead but journeys it with many who love you as you are and will always be willing to be safe space for both of you!

I see Ryan. Who is strong and determined in accomplishing the vast goals in front of him. Who was one of the first people in my life that taught me what it means to know and respect someone who is trans. Who is someone I respect and deeply admire.

I see Chris. Who has journeyed across denominations and found home in Community of Christ. Who cares for the pastoral needs of others, especially those who are trans.

I see Leah-Nora. Who is a fighter for causes and advocate for the marginalized. Who proudly expresses who she is even though it has come with pain. Who is a bright star within our faith community.

I see all of you who identify with the trans/non-binary community. I see you as you. I see you as the you that you have embraced and shared with the world. I see you who are children and youth and trying to figure this stuff out. For those who have yet to be in a place where you are able to fully embrace and live your truth, I look forward to hopefully someday seeing you as you see you.

For those times that I have failed to use your identified pronoun, I am sorry.

For those times we as a society have failed in protecting your rights, I am sorry.

But know this, I will do what I can to stand and work beside you in advocating for your rights. When needed, I will stand behind you in support and stand in front to protect. I will do what I can to help ensure that your identity isn’t erased. I will be a safe space when others are being assholes.

For I see you. And I see something beautiful. And I see you becoming who you are supposed to be. And I rejoice in the celebration of that.

For I see you. I see you as the identity you proclaim. I see you when no label seems like the right fit. I see you as a child of God. I see you as human. For trans rights are human rights.

“As revealed in Christ, God, the Creator of all, ultimately is concerned about behaviors and relationships that uphold the worth and giftedness of all people and that protect the most vulnerable. Such relationships are to be rooted in the principles of Christ-like love, mutual respect, responsibility, justice, covenant, and faithfulness, against which there is no law.” – Community of Christ Holy Text