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Type: petition
Category: Actions, Get Involved, Peace and Justice Ministries
Tags: Action of the Week, Faith in Action, pride week, transgender community, transgender rights
Start: 06/10/2021 5:00 pm
Ends: 06/18/2021 5:00 pm
Organizer: Juliana Serrano

Every week at All Saints Church we put our faith into action. This week our focus is on the celebration of Pride month and our action is signing a petition to tell State Legislators around the country to Stop Attacking the Transgender Community.

You’re 13. You want to play soccer. You sign up for your school’s team, practice hard, and make friends. Then a state lawmaker introduces legislation that would ban you from playing sports because you’re transgender. There is a coordinated attack on trans kids being waged in state legislatures across the country right now — and one of the most common bills that we’re tracking targets trans athletes. Every kid deserves to play sports consistent with their gender identity.

In a New York Times published op-ed the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David responded to the wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation passed in states across the country:

“…these new laws are the latest in a series of unprecedented legislative assaults aimed at trans people that have swept state houses this year, officially making 2021 the worst year for anti-L.G.B.T.Q. legislation in recent history.”

He went on to share the fear and harm LGBTQ folks are experiencing due to these hateful and discriminatory laws.

“L.G.B.T.Q. Americans — and particularly transgender and nonbinary people — are not simply living in a state of emergency, we are living in many states of imminent danger.”

These bills are looking for problems that don’t exist and are only inciting violence against the LGBTQ community, especially transgender people.

“… these bills are helping to fuel a wave of anti-trans violence. So far in 2021, we are on track to exceed the number of trans and gender nonconforming people murdered in 2020, which was already the deadliest year recorded by the Human Rights Campaign.”

The op-ed concludes with a call to action for our LGBTQ allies: now is the time to step up and take real actions in solidarity with our community.

“Sometimes we have to make uncomfortable decisions because we are pushed to the fringes. We are now at that place. We now need our allies to stand with us — however uncomfortably — and make those hard decisions.”

We are in what is already a busy and combative state legislative season … your help is needed to ensure we fight back against every anti-transgender piece of legislation that comes our way. Bills are being tracked in state legislatures across the country — and many of them are targeting the rights and dignity of transgender people, especially our transgender youth. Let’s show anti-equality legislators that we won’t tolerate any more bullying and discrimination!

Take action now: add your name and join with thousands of others to defend transgender rights. Your signature will send a message that we won’t back down when these lawmakers come for our community.

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Every week at All Saints Church we put our faith into action. This week our focus is on the celebration of Pride month and our action is signing a petition to tell State Legislators around the country to Stop Attacking the Transgender Community.

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