To Our Trans Siblings …

We can see that the past few weeks have been especially difficult and traumatic. We want to say that your existence is a gift to us all, you are beautiful as your true selves, and we wouldn’t change you for the world. We want to be here for you and help in whatever way we can. Please message us if there’s anything we can do to emotionally or financially support you at this time, so that you can find some rest.

To the other members of our community,

It’s been said a million times before, but it needs to be said again. No one in the LGBTQ+ community would have the rights they do if it weren’t for the work of Black trans women. As a community and as individuals, we cannot stay silent whilst governments around the globe use the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to rollback and attack the rights of transgender people. For those of us who are cisgender women, it is particularly important that we let the government know that they do not speak on our behalf, and that we do not share their transphobic sentiments.

We ask that everyone consider contacting their MP using this template (thank you to UNMUTED Brum for this resource).

And please consider supporting charities such as Birmingham LGBT centre, Unmuted Birmingham and Mermaids UK.

With our love, support and blessings,

Inclusive Gathering Birmingham (written and posted by our Core Leadership Team)

As Inclusive Gathering Birmingham, we believe we are called to live out the love of Jesus in practical, unexpected, and transforming ways.

We’re a church committed to pursuing God’s radical inclusion. And we’re just beginning. We believe that the way of Jesus leads us to the wild, radical idea that true spiritual community can be formed based on who is INCLUDED, not by who is EXCLUDED.  We are a learning community, constantly growing and changing to live out this vision in new and expanding ways.

When we say “inclusion”, we mean much more than mere tolerance or welcome. We believe God wants us all to know that we actually belong.

That means people of every race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, age and background, HIV status, ability and disability, theological and political conviction are loved, invited, and fully included.