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This Sunday Afternoon: Panel & Discussion - Understanding Transgender

Join us this Sunday, March 3d, from 1pm to 3pm, for a panel presentation and discussion on "Understanding Transgender -- The 'T' in transgender and the Trans in all of us."

If you plan to come, be sure to RSVP to the Church by sending an email to: [masked].

You can come dressed in drap or dress.

It will be held at the Rock Spring Congregational Church, an incredibly trans friendly church, at 5010 Little Falls Road, near Yorktown High School, in Arlington, Virginia.

Here is their description:

"This event is open to the public and being offered as a testament to our abundant and generous welcome. An hour of presentation by the panelists will be followed by an hour of questions and answers.

Gender identity affects us all. In large and small ways, we have been shaped by society’s expectations of how the two genders should behave. These expectations have evolved over the centuries and across different cultures.

The panel will present societal, psychological, biological and personal perspectives along the gender spectrum and on gender identity throughout the life cycle. The panel will feature three speakers:

Dr. Edgardo Menvielle, who directs one of the world’s few programs for gender-non-conforming youth at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. You can find a New York Times article on Dr. Menvielle’s work with transgender children by clicking here.

Dr. Leslie Rodnan, a physician who works with transgender adults at the Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington DC.

Ann Thompson Cook, author of And God Loves Each One: A Resource for Dialogue about Sexual Orientation, Made in God’s Image: A Resource for Dialogue about Gender Differences, and It’s Time for Trans: A Plea for Welcoming Movement, and co-director of Many Voices, an organization working to create a national movement for gay and transgender justice from within the black church.

We hope you can join us.

If you have questions, please email [masked].

Rock Springs Congregational Church

What does it mean to be an open and affirming congregation in practice? How is Rock Spring viewed in the community? How do we live into our commitment to marriage equality? What more should we be doing, besides keeping our doors open to all?

Rock Spring Congregational Church invites all people to share fully in our life together, in worship and service, in employment, in lay and professional leadership, and in affirmation of personal life passages, including ceremonies of holy marriage for all couples regardless of gender.

For our Open & Affirming statement, please click here.

If you want to know more about the process by which the community of Rock Spring explored, prayed, debated & voted on the new O & A statement, including sermons related to marriage equality, please click here.

Open & Affirming Standing Committee
The Open & Affirming Standing Committee considers these questions and explores ways in which Rock Spring can demonstrate its commitment to witness to full civil rights for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The committee is engaging in the following activities in 2013:

•Participation in Capital Pride 2013
•Education and outreach on transgender and gender identity

For more information about the work of the Open & Affirming Standing Committee or any of the events above, please email [masked].

You can learn more at:

www.rockspringucc.org/church-life/open-and-affirming

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  • Diane from V.

    Meg and Christine, I believe the meeting was organized by the mother of a trans child who was just trying to educate her fellow church members about the issues involved in transgenderism. I spoke to her in the lady's room briefly. This seemed to be her effort to answer alot of questions that a general audience would want to know about the condition, especially as it affects young transgenders. I don't believe they intentionally tried to disregard those of us in the audience who are CDs. I believe it just wasn't on their agenda to educate the group on the entire diversity of our community. I think they did a pretty good job of explaining the basics, and I believe it would have gotten too far off course for us (or the panelists) to get too deep into the subject of men who live part time en femme. I don't think the audience was ready for that in any case.

    March 4, 2013

    • Christine

      Thank you, Diane. I did not realize that. And, of course, that makes perfect sense what they were doing, and why. Ouch that I commented not knowing this.

      March 4, 2013

    • Stephie s

      I don't think you were really challenging them. You were giving your own perspective which was relevant and part of the overall discussion. I'm glad you spoke up.

      March 16, 2013

  • Christine

    Sorry to have left early. Pamela had a McLean Orchestra Gala reception at our home at 3pm, so I stayed as long as I could. I will be interested to hear how it ended. In speaking, I hope I was not inappropriate or challenging the speakers. Yet I was so surprised that the speakers seemed to imply that "transgender" are people born in the wrong body (what we think of as transsexuals). Transsexuals, and certainly children, like the incredible boy who spoke and the Mother's touching account of her child, make the case for us in the world better than we ever could. However, by not including those of us who are not transsexuals, who are comfortable in both worlds (the vast majority), I feel they are misrepresenting "transgender" to people.

    I believe we need to have our voice heard, our concerns addressed and legitimized in these forums. And be acknowledged and affirmed for the gift of who we are, in the wonderful range of the masculine-feminine that we naturally possess!

    March 3, 2013

    • Meg

      You were perfect. I wanted to speak up at the beginning to ask them to start by defining what they mean by transgender ~ instead they defined "gender presentation" and so on. That's important for the civilians in the audience, but they didn't get across that there are girls like us who present as male some or much of the time, or that there's a huge range of t.

      March 4, 2013

  • Diane from V.

    Very interesting. I enjoyed the presenters, especially the young boy. Very inspirational.

    March 3, 2013

  • Stephie s

    Wish Christine stayed around after the discussion panel. Would have loved to say hello.

    Steph

    March 3, 2013

  • Meg

    BIG crowd, presentations were a bit mixed but good overall. It was nice to see Linda, Donna, Diane, Christine (who, alas, I didn't get to talk to) and some guy who said he was "Stephie." I didn't see Celia, but Linda's OH said hi (I am SO sorry... I forgot your name!).

    Thank you, Christine, for letting us know about this event.

    Other than us, there was a mixed group of some t-girls mixed in with civilians.

    Definitely worth going!

    March 3, 2013

    • Stephie s

      Meg you hurt me to the quick. - sorry you didn't recognize me. It was really me (as Steve), but the inside is the same. I sang in church and didn't have time to go home and change and make the meeting, so I can as I was. Good to be with you regardkess. Hugs,

      March 3, 2013

  • Celia M.

    It was a big crowd.. I was sitting with Christine.. I arrived about 10 minutes after it started, got lost. I was a nice presentation for people who are new to the transgender community.

    March 3, 2013

  • Linda R.

    It's a maybe but good chance I will attend

    March 2, 2013

  • Stephie s

    I am a maybe. I hope to be able to come

    March 1, 2013

  • Diane from V.

    I will be there with my wife Donna. It should be a fascinating discussion!

    February 28, 2013

  • Celia M.

    Ok I'll send one in.. Thanks!

    February 28, 2013

  • Meg

    They request an RSVP to [masked]

    February 28, 2013

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