Belonging: A Transgender Easter Reflection

  • Justin Trudeau with Trans* activists at Pride 2015

It’s no April Fools when two worlds come together; Trans Day of Visibility on March 31 and Easter Sunday on April 1. The death of a loved one, moving on from a tragic incident, or remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection is a profoundly religious experience for some, or simply a day off for others. Connecting this meaningful religious experience at MCC Torontio to a welcoming experience for isolated trans persons takes on special meaning this year when the trans visibility day occurs between the death and resurrection.
Our connector it seems, is that death can be either literal or symbolic in representing the cycle of life, beginning with birth at Christmas, moving to death on Good Friday. The cycle continues with the resurrection on Easter Sunday, demonstrating a new beginning, a new life without the baggage of the past. Such is also the life of a trans person, who comes out, sometimes transitions, and starts fresh with a newfound joy and lust for life. We welcome you. We accept you. We love you.

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

The Peace and Justice Strategy Team in partnership with TREAT (Trans Resource Education Advocacy Team) are hosting a film screening ‘Belonging in the Body: Transgender Journeys of Faith’ by the Generous Space Ministries on Sunday April 8 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 109 as part of our Trans Day of Visibility celebration.

Susan Gapka, Peace & Justice Strategy Team—MCC Toronto