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Dear Glen Morris United Church, 

This past Thursday marked the 13th International Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual event occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating trans people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. To learn more about what the Transgender Day of Visibility means for those of us here in Ontario, this article offers more insight about the day’s history and importance. For more resources about transgender identities and how to be an ally, this website is also a great place to start. 

Not only do transgender people experience discrimination and violence in their worksplaces, schools, and everyday lives but many also experience rejection from their churches too. As someone who has witnessed the multitude of blessings that transgender people offer to the church (from their unique perspectives to the many multitudes of talents transgender people have) today, I would like to offer a blessing in return: 

A Blessing for the International Transgender Day of Visibility

Blessed are transgender people for they are part of the family of God

Blessed are those who are questioning their gender, exploring their gender, for they are participants in one of the many beautiful ways God has created and is creating

Blessed are transgender people who share with the world their full selves for their authenticity is an invitation for all of us to live full, expansive lives 

Blessed are the transgender people who have chosen not to share for their journey is sacred even when it is not lived out publicly 

Blessed are the transgender people who feel they cannot share who they are for God knows and sees them fully

Blessed are the disabled and racialized transgender people who still don’t feel fully seen within transgender representation or visibility in the media or in their communities 

Blessed are the transgender people who are without homes, employment, or family; may we all commit to building a world with abundant love and safety 

Blessed are transgender people 



May the peace of Christ be with you this week, 

Yours in Christ, 

Rev Michiko