Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to commemorate those who have been murdered as a result of transphobic hatred, as well as a day to raise awareness of the violence suffered daily by transgender people and communities. (I’ll be using this prayer at the Civic Centre Vigil in Swansea.)
How long, O God?
How long will transgender people suffer shame and pain because
of who they are?
How long must fear fill their hearts and sorrow their souls, day and
How long will they have enemies who ridicule and persecute them?
(adapted from Psalm 13)
Gracious God, on this poignant day of grief and hope, we pray for
the consolation of your love for all who mourn the loss of a loved
one to transphobic violence, and for all transgender people
themselves who bear the physical and emotional scars of assault.
Continue to encourage transgender people in boldly affirming
their identity as your beloved, blessed, and beautiful children.
Help all people to see that transgender people are precious strands
in the rich tapestry of human life.
Bless our transgender communities, their friends and supporters.
But also bless too families and acquaintances of transgender people
who reject them, and the twisted and hateful who curse and harm
them. Move their hearts and change their minds, so that from the
barren ground of oppression and brutality, compassion, justice, and
peace may grow and blossom.
Give us all the wisdom and patience, commitment and strength, to
create a better world for all your children, whatever their gender or
sexuality, and so anticipate the new creation which is your will and
work in progress.