BY BTL STAFF
Updated on Oct. 18
When it comes to attending church, Rachel Crandall Crocker said the transgender community is “tired of being a small t in LGBT.” She said, “So many trans people are not feeling comfortable or understood even at the LGBT affirming churches. They honestly do not feel welcomed from so many people. I have heard this over and over.”
Crandall Crocker, the executive director and co-founder of Transgender Michigan, said she and Rev. Anya Drew Johnston have a solution. They are working in partnership to start a new church called the Church of Transformation where services will be geared specifically toward the transgender community. Although Crandall Crocker is ordained through the Universal Life Church, she will not be the minister.
While the church is in the beginning stages, they are seeking input and support from the community in their effort.
“We are looking for people who want to be on our board to help with the formation of this church. We would especially like people who have been rejected from their church and feel rejected from their higher power,” she said. “I mentioned my transition at an extremely welcoming church and they all thought I was dying. We like to educate but we don’t want to have to educate everytime we go to church. Our objective is to give people back their church.”