A group of people walking in a field

Family, community support is crucial for transgender, non-conforming youth

We all have a role to play in the safety of our TGNC community members. We can build and advocate for welcoming and inclusive environments in the institutions and communities to which we belong. It will take time to understand and accept, to deconstruct the systems that have been created. But when the alternative is harmful to our children, love and acceptance must prevail.
Read More…

Schools must educate youth on gender identity, inclusivity

As a primary socializing agent, schools have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to be inclusive of all students, including transgender and other gender-diverse students. In this role, educational institutions can significantly impact the degree to which gender diversity is viewed — either positively or negatively.
Read More…

Christians must unpack their transphobia and stand with transgender communities

If you are a person of faith whose religious tradition decries LGBTQ+ people, revisit your sacred texts, and read more progressive theologians for another perspective. Especially at this time of rising violence against trans and nonbinary people, it is imperative that communities of faith act as safe and welcoming spaces for these vulnerable folk who are also made in the image of God.
Read More…

A woman in a sari pointing at a presentation about Hinduism in front of a group of people.

Religious education in Berkeley is essential

Without a proper understanding of religion, we will continue to have the kind of insidious hate and horror that we have seen in the tragic violence at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the intentional car crash injuring a Hindu family and other pedestrians in Sunnyvale, California, and the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting.
Read More…