BY BTL STAFF
Brighton- The Faith Allies for Trans Lives: Stand Up for Justice conference and training on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. will address the need for acceptance of LGBTQI people within religious and spiritual communities, and for the equitable treatment of all, especially sexual minorities in local, state and federal public policy.
“We came to realize the trans community is being especially targeted in Michigan as part of the backlash since marriage equality,” said Rev. Beth Rakestraw, IJ co-chair and Pastor of Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church. “Trans people are baring the brunt of that backlash. We felt it was very important to take a stance.”
The faith-based coalition, Inclusive Justice said it welcomes leaders to join in building “a statewide network of congregations inclusive of all traditions that affirm the inherent dignity and worth of every human being as a matter of spiritual conviction.”
Presenters will include National LGBTQ Task Force faith organizing staff members Kathleen Campisano, Bri Sanders and Camden Hargrove, State Board of Education President John Austin, Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek and state House Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo).
Pre-registration for the public event at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on 200 W St Paul St. in Brighton is required online or by phone at 301-512-9632. A $40 donation is suggested. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.