Queering Christianity: Finding a Place at the Table for LGBTQI Christians

By Robert E. Shore-Goss; Thomas Bohache et al. | Go to book overview

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Pastoral Care of
Transgendered Youth

Joseph Shore-Goss

Since the first meeting of Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in Rev. Troy Perry’s living room, two unique things arose. The first was that the Eucharistic celebration would happen every week, and the second was that the invitation to come to the table would be open to all. At MCC all around the globe we affirm you do not need to be a member of this church or any church this is God’s table and that it is without boundaries or restrictions.

With that thought in mind we know that lesbian and gay, straight or bisexual, and transgender come to the table. Yet we are called to more than that for if you sit at table with a person every week, week in and week out than that person is not a stranger but family. As a family, we are called to care for each other beyond the table to walk with each other in our good times and bad, and especially to be there through our coming into ourselves. This is why I am so adamant about pastoral care for transgender youth, the youngest and at times the frailest of the LGBTQIA community. Hence, when I saw an opportunity to serve the transgender youth project of Children’s Hospital, I jumped at it. I entered into this relationship knowing that I am serving from a margin to another margin.

While working at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles I had the opportunity to work with the Transgender Harm Reduction Program. This is a program that exists as part of the Division of Adolescent Medicine. This program provides education, medical, psychosocial, and social support to young people who believe they may be transgender.

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