The Transgender Day of Remembrance is being observed on the Louisville Seminary campus today in two events: a panel discussion of “Transgender Experiences of Faith Communities,” 12:30-1:30, in Winn Center; and a Memorial Service that names and remembers transgender lives lost to violence during the past year, 7:00 p.m., in Caldwell Chapel. A reception follows, in Winn Center Lounge, during which the 2008 Butterfly Award for outstanding contributions to the local transgender community will be presented. [More on these events]
We observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance because we believe that every human life, made and given by God, is precious. Every human life deserves our recognition — recognition of our kindred humanity, our relationship, and our responsibility. No human life is disposable, no human life negligible — although the powers of the air* would have us believe otherwise. In naming and remembering individuals who have died — been killed — because of their gender presentation, we affirm our common humanity (. . . the communion of saints . . .), and our faith that death is not the final verdict (. . . the resurrection of the body . . .), but that a gracious God makes and gives life anew ( . . . and the life everlasting . . .).
* Eph. 2:2