From Executive Director Cindi Love…
I am excited to announce that Mel’s Stranger at Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America has a sequel, Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Right Tells Us to Deny Gay Equality.
Check out the review
by author Chris Hedges at TruthDig, which is worth a look for the illustration alone!
This new release represents Mel’s continued diligence to make all of us aware of the misinformation, untruths, manipulation and the political organizing of the Christian Right. First released in hardback as Religion Gone Bad: Hidden Dangers from the Christian Right, Holy Terror is receiving praise from advance readers across the U.S.
“Mel’s book reads like a page-turning whodunit…
The book is chilling and enormously instructive.”
-The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first out gay Episcopal Bishop
Holy Terror has never been more relevant as we see pastors recommend beating “effeminate boys”, presidential candidates broadcasting casual, yet harmful commercials, and governments outside our borders taking up our homegrown fundamentalist evangelical oppression of LGBTQ people. This is your guide to the inner workings of the Christian Rights’ beliefs, politics, and strategy.
I’ve just talked to Mel about offering a special copy of Holy Terror with a personalized inscription from Mel to our wonderful Soulforce donors.
Here’s the plan: Mel and Gary will provide the first 100 copies at their expense
to the first 100 donors who donate to Soulforce $100 or more during the next 100 days
A message from Mel:
I want you to know that the last chapter of Holy Terror, “Discovering Soul Force,” gives me a chance to tell the world again how committed we are to the ‘soul force’ principles of relentless nonviolent resistance and to our Soulforce family.
As you read the dramatic true stories driving this book, you just might see yourself in them. We faced the holy terrorists then, as YOU are facing them now, under the leadership the current Soulforce Team. Together we continue to learn of the tragic consequences of the hateful rhetoric and, more importantly, how Soulforce can bring hope and healing to those who suffer and those who oppress.
We celebrate Mel’s success and thank Gary and Mel for their offer. “We love Soulforce,” Mel said quietly. “This is just one small way of showing our support!”
This is our thank you to our faithful Soulforce friends!
Free CeCe Movement Gains Even More Notice with Conviction
I sat next to Leslie Feinberg and Mara Kiesling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, on the steps of the Minneapolis courthouse last week where we heard the results of a year-long court case for CeCe McDonald.
If you haven’t heard of her case, CeCe was attacked in 2011 outside a bar where white patrons hurled racist and transphobic slurs and then attacked her physically. She fought back in self-defense, a larger fight ensued with many parties, and the white man who initiated the attack ended up dead. CeCe has endured charges of manslaughter for the last year, and on June 4th, she was sentenced to a 41-month prison term after taking a plea deal.
Worse yet, the prison system, not known for its racial or gender equity has decided to place CeCe, a young transwoman of color, in a men’s facility. Given the incidence of physical abuse in prisons, in addition to the violence faced by transwomen of color in and out of the prison system, the injustices continue.
Here is a brilliant article in Ebony Magazine by Eric Lamont Hill that explains the staggering murder rates of transgender women of color, and the issues of racism, gender, and misogyny so evident in the life of CeCe McDonald. From the blog My Feet Only Walk Forward, authored by Co-Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice Brandon Lacy Campos, here is an article (fair warning: strongly worded, irreverent, honest, and insightful) that puts this case into good context.
If you want to learn more about CeCe, transgender and racial justice, and how you can help, visit their wordpress site here.
Follow up on the “North Carolina Fund Against Fundamentalism”
Over 40 of you donated to the “Fund” that will help us continue to challenge fundamentalism and all that it spawns: calls for beating “effeminate boys,” appeals to ends women’s suffrage, and the Tea Party. Thank you for your support. Please know that both Pastors Sean Harris and Charles Worley received a postcard for every one of your generous gifts. We raised over $1,500 in just a few days!
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