Why did I stay @ the Capitol 17 hours Tuesday/Wednesday to testify @ 3:30 am OPPOSING the Bathroom bill? It is not because I am so virtuous! In all candor if I was doing this only as an individual I would have left 8 hours earlier. My decision was compounded knowing that the committee vote in favor was a done deal and our testimony was a charade in terms of the immediate outcome.
So, why did I stay?
I was sustained by my commitment to our 34 member congregations and 5,000 UUs in Texas.
I was sustained by fellow UUs present earlier in the day from Northwoods/Woodlands, Community UU/Plano, 1st UU/Austin, Wildflower/Austin, & two transgender women from Live Oak/Austin & Hidalgo Co. UU /McAllen who testified moments before me.
I was sustained by the hundreds of transgender persons overwhelmingly in their 20’s who thanked me as clergy for being there.
I was sustained by the conversations and looks of relief by the transgender community & allies that a person of faith would make this commitment in solidarity with them.
I was sustained knowing we are building intersectional networks and relationships for justice.
I was sustained by my fellow clergy who stayed and embarked on 3-4 hour drives home @ midnight.
I was sustained because we still have the opportunity to stop this calloused bill in the House.
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Below is a pic of myself & Rev. Donna Renfro (dressed in purple) from Northwoods UU in the Woodlands at the rally we attended.
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