A Prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance
On this day set apart for memory,
we remember and honor the struggles and the sacrifices
of those who have come before us,
leading us to equality, dignity, and justice.
We remember and honor those who have suffered discrimination or violence,
those whose lives have been lost,
those whose bodies or spirits have been wounded,
those who were made to feel less than whole,
less than beautiful,
less than they are.
We remember and honor
the gifts of wisdom and courage
brought forth by ancestors and companions in spirit.
We remember and honor those who walk proudly,
who love themselves and others,
who teach by their being,
and who reach to help others along the way.
We remember and honor friends, neighbors
and those we do not yet know,
revering the wholeness and dignity
within every human soul.
and every day,
may all of us,
transgender and cisgender alike,
dedicate ourselves unflinchingly
to respect for every human being,
and to the transforming power of love.
and blessed be.
– Rev. Dan Schatz
November 20, 2013
Transgender Day of Remembrance