Cross-posted from A Musing.
Last month I got involved with a lot of activism around transgender issues and particularly the inappropriate and offensive actions of some queer organizations and gay men. You can read about it at my post: Remembering Jorge while Forgetting what Binds Us.
Oliver Danni, a deliciously queer vegan transgender Quaker (and so much more) wrote a list of queries for the the Quaker organization Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC or as I like to say, Flibbity Gibbitz) to consider in regards to transgender inclusion in LGBT organizations. With Oliver Danni's permission, I reprint the e-mail message here. Perhaps some of the reflections questions can contribute to an on-going discourse for other organizations that have a “T” in their name and mission statment.
Peterson raised an interesting question on Facebook, and I thought it would be a good discussion for us to have here, too. His question,”What shall we do with all these GLb(t) organizations?”, lifts up the concern that amongst organizations which describe themselves as “GLBT”, it is common that only gay and lesbian people will be fully included, while bisexuals will be “kind of” included, and transgender people will not really be at all.
The discussion left me inspired to articulate some queries with which I have long since been dancing in this community, and once again I wish to invite you all to dance with me and my F/friendly queries. 🙂
What is your vision of a fully transgender-inclusive organization? What would that organization be doing? How would we evaluate that this organization had reached the same level of inclusiveness for transgender people as it had for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people?
- In what ways do you feel that FLGBTQC has been successful in becoming a more fully transgender-inclusive organization?
- In what ways do you feel that we could be more inclusive of transgender people in the FLGBTQC community?
- What impact do you see FLGBTQC having currently on the inclusion of transgender people in the Quaker world (Meetings or churches, FGC, FUM, Quaker service organizations)? What is your vision of how we could have an even greater impact?
- How has the ministry of FLGBTQC with regard to transgender people influenced you personally? How has your personal ministry influenced the FLGBTQC community's inclusion of transgender people? (Yes, this question is flip-floppable!)
Please, respond to any of these queries which speaks to you, or to another to which you find yourself led. This is not a “survey” or assignment where you need to answer all the questions in essay form –just an invitation to some electronic worship sharing. 🙂