Transgender Lives and Issues

Why Transgender Lives, Issues, and Concerns Matter

We_each_have_a_story.jpgThe "T" in LGBT has suffered considerable neglect over the years (something shared with the "B"). As lesbian and gay people have been struggling for equality based on sexual orientation, many of us have not been attentive to the emergence of others who have been finding a new sense of self -- really new senses of selves, because Transgender people have been discovering the multiplicity of genders and gender identities and expressions. Gender and sexuality are, of course, closely linked, but they are not the same thing. But because they are related, and the struggle for sexual justice is closely connected with the struggle for gender justice, it has been too easy too often to conflate the journeys and struggles of people in one movement with those in the other. 

POFEV is intentional in our commitment to honor the distinctions, as well as the shared histories and issues.  We have insisted that any legislation or effort that values one struggle above the other either change or do without POFEV support.  We also are committed to helping people learn more about the wider struggle for gender justice, including the amazing work of Transgender activists in educating within the Trans communities as well as among the general publics -- lesbian, gay, bisexual, "straight," religious, faith-based, and various justice communities. The resources on this page are intended to provide some help to those seeking to bring broader acceptance and better understanding of the experience of transgender persons.

You can read more about transgender lives, issues, and concerns in the resources linked below and help to gain and foster broader acceptance and better understanding of the experience of transgender persons.

Injustice_at_Every_Turn_graphic.pngRead the comprehensive report, "Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Inventory," produced by NGLTFQ and the National Center for Transgender Equality (2011). Click here to access the report online

lunch.jpgIntroduction to Panel on Transgender Lives and Issues, POFEV Clergy Lunch, October 24, 2013


We_each_have_a_story.jpgMetropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia TransFormations Ministry Trans Guidelines
 Umbrella graphic (adapted by Mel Reiff Hill for The Gender Book at Genderbread Person graphic (by Sam Killerman at

TransParent Day 2013 Brochure

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20

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