Metropolitan Community Churches Decries Trans Discrimination

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“Today, as the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, the green light to discrimination is still in place.”

Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Interim Global Moderator

“In February, we decried Trump’s action to strike guidance to schools for transgender student rights. Today, as the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, the green light to discrimination is still in place. As for our church, MCC declares the T comes first in TLGB! We will confront any leader with Holy Resistance if they target the most vulnerable among us, especially our transgender family,” said the Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Interim Global Moderator.

“Using the restroom is such an incredibly basic need, that to be denied that right is profoundly dehumanizing. As a faith leader, we cannot teach our children that some people are less worthy and less human than others. Different does not equal inferior,” said the Rev. Jakob Hero, Senior Pastor at MCC Tampa in Florida. Rev. Hero is also an elected member of MCC’s Global Governing Board.

“School must be free of bullying and discrimination. As Christians we know that we are all created in the image of God. People who deny the existence of transgender persons do not make us disappear,” said Stacy Sandberg, MCC Program Officer for Trans* Inclusion. “It just tells us that when we face violence and discrimination, those people will act like that does not exist either.”

“Under Jim Crow, we saw bathrooms marked ‘Men,’ ‘Women,’ and ‘Colored,'” said the Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Director of the MCC Diversity and Inclusion Program. “Today, when trans children are forced to go to special bathrooms, it’s just one more form of discrimination that must be stopped. Children should go to school without fear of harassment, bullying, or discrimination, including when using the restroom.”

Bloomberg ( reports that an earlier federal appeals court ruled that reserving the boys’ bathrooms for “biological” males “probably” violated U.S. civil rights law. The Supreme Court order revokes the appeals court ruling, so now the court below the appeals court will reassess the case by directly considering what’s required by Title IX, the 1972 law that bars gender discrimination in schools.

“As a transgender follower of Christ, I read that Jesus followed God’s will above the law. God’s will is love and using the law to deny people sovereignty over their own bodies is an aggressive move to block the light of God from shining forth in a person. But we know we are a Holy People and we will embody Holy Resistance,” said the Rev. Caedmon Grace, MCC Clergy at The Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego.