My shrimpy sis sent me a text the other day, telling me she was thinking of me. She was just watching To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. Its funny, I always thought The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was a MUCH better film, but I digress.

So why I am mentioning this? Each year on November 20, people all across the world will be honoring, lighting candles, remaining silent, speaking out and remembering the tragic deaths (murders) of some of the most beautiful (and sadly misunderstood) people, the "T" in the GLBTQIA, transgendered people. Its the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Here is the thing. I have so many thoughts that are mashing all up, and really what I want to say is this. No one deserves murder. No one should DIE because of who they are, who they are meant to be. Ask anyone who lives on the margins of a society and they will tell you, no one would choose hardship or abuse (or in some cases to be killed) for themselves.

34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,
35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.
36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
37He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
38This is the greatest and first commandment.
39And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
(Matthew 22:34-40)

Most Holy God, you made your creation, and called it good. You made us, in your image, and called it very good. So what gives? Why do we continue to call unclean what you call clean Lord? Why not these neighbors? God, for the freaks and geeks, the queer and "queer", the hets and homos, the jerks and saints, and for me – almost always the one who needs it the worst, forgive us, renew us and lead us. So that we may delight in YOUR will. And help us to not think we have that part all figured out yet either. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

(Whats missing in equali_y? The 't'.)


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