Crossing the T

Life at the intersection of Church and Trans with Rev. Allyson Robinson

Archive for Resources

Recent and Readworthy: New Resources edition

COLAGE, Children Of Lesbians And Gays Everywhere, has put together a veritable motherlode of resources for families with a transgender parent.  It includes print publications, internet resources, email support groups, and much more.  COLAGE is a spectacular organization and this is a much-needed list.  Thanks so much!

The ACLU‘s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project has launched Get Busy, Get Equal, an online toolkit to empower grassroots organizing for change.  Their page on transgender resources is particularly good.  They also have a blog, newsfeed, and podcast.  Definitely worth a look. 

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Can I Quote You? Saul Alinsky on the freedom to act

Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you’re free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in.

Activist and organizer Saul Alinsky (1909-1972)

And a thought from me: Alinsky is regarded by many to be the father of modern grassroots activism. Read his principles, and especially his 13 tactical rules for activism at the Free Range Activism Virtual Library.

(Thanks to the Bilerico Project.)

Family Equality announces drawing contest winners

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Family Equality Council “Family Drawing Contest!”  First place, and a $250 savings bond, went to eight-year-old Julian fom New Mexico for his picture of his family camping at the lake

You can see all the winning pictures at the contest website, or download the e-book Homework, Hugs and Love: A Family Like Yours, which has all of the over 50 drawings submitted and a foreword by children’s author Todd Parr, from the Council’s “Publications” page.

Once again, congratulations to the winners, and to all the kids who sent in drawings.  I think you’re awesome!

These are a few of my favorite… blogs

…or, another blog-meme I really like.

Shush over at *! (That’s Emphatic Asterisk for the uninitiated) tagged me with a very useful little meme yesterday.  The idea is to share some of your favorite blogs along with a few words about why you enjoy them, and then reprint the favorites of the person who tagged you.  I think it’s a great way to give some of your blogging friends some well deserved praise and to expose your readership to some new writers.

With nearly 200 blogs in my Google Reader queue I thought I needed to narrow thing down a bit, so I’m going to list bloggers (a) whose stuff I always read no matter what it’s about, and (b) who probably aren’t getting thousands of hits each day.

So then…let me introduce you to a few of my friends.  And since I can’t exactly tag Shush back, I’m calling this my Emphatic Asterisk Memorial List.  I simply cannot say enough good things about her!

My Four Walls:  This is the personal blog of my best friend, Lucas Land.  More than anyone else, Lucas taught me what it means to think “outside the box” on matters ecclesiological.  You should also check out his new project, What Would Jesus Eat?

A Musing:  Peterson Toscano blogs with such depth that I tend either to laugh or to cry when I read his posts.  An ex-gay survivor called to lead others to self-love and healing, Peterson has modeled empathy for me in powerful ways.

SisterFriends Together:  Anita Cadonau-Huseby, founder of Grace Unfolding Ministries, is a top-notch exegete with a heart for building community for lesbian, bisexual, questioning and transgender women.  When Anita talks Scripture, I listen.

TransLate:  Within minutes of meeting Joyce I knew I’d encountered a kindred spirit.  She’s blogging her way through transition with style, humor, and mind-boggling intelligence. 

Willful Grace:  Pam had me at “Hello.”  I’ve rarely met anyone with such strength in her humility.  (I wish I could conjure up some better way to say that.)  I think about her when I read 1 John 4:4: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Here are Shush’s favorites:

Amber:  Because every day she tells me something new, she makes me think, and she makes me grateful that in this wide world of blogging we somehow brushed up against each other.

Suddenly Christian:  Because it’s a fresh view on what Christianity is and who Christians are and who and what we should be.  I don’t always agree with everything John says, but I’m always grateful to have read him.

PolitiPorn:  Because, I must admit it, I’m addicted to politics in a way that sometimes feels smutty.  (Oh, and, they, like, totally publish my stuff from time to time.  :D)

Crossing the T:  Because Allyson is a woman of incredible strength.  She quotes some of the most inspiring and thoughtful people.  And if I ever pastor a church, I want her to speak there.

The Lesbian said What?:  One of the first people I bumped into on WordPress.  And sure, there are things that one might find a little… different… about this blog, like sensual picture days, but she posts some of the most beautiful thoughts, like unrefined diamonds, and she challenges stereotypes and preconceptions.

Musings of a Home Engineer:  Chocolate, tofu, knitting, scripture meditations, and some of the most bizarre search referral terms.  What’s not to love?

Thought Dream Guillotine:  theoceanisawake needs to post more.  Political and cultural ponderings.  Very good.  NOT OFTEN ENOUGH.

New trans contributors at Ex-Gay Watch, Bilerico Project

Ex-Gay Watch announced yesterday that Vivian Yuki Choe, a frequent and insightful commenter at the site, is joining their team of contributors.  Vivian is a 31 year old transsexual woman who will soon be moving to Australia with her husband.  She also blogs at The Journey of Yuki.

The Bilerico Project is also adding a new trans contributor, Monica Roberts.  Monica is a 45 year old transwoman of color who hails from Houston and blogs at TransGriot.  You can read her first post here.

Congratulations to Vivian, Monica, Ex-Gay Watch, and the Bilerico Project!