US: Christian LGBTQ Group Raises Money To Help Pay For Gender-Affirming Surgeries

A new initiative is urging Christians to put their faith into action by donating money to help transgender people access procedures that advocates say can be both gender-affirming and life-saving.

FaithfullyLGBT, an organization that advocates for queer people of faith, launched the #TitheTrans initiative for the month of September and is encouraging Christians and other allies to make tax deductible donations. The group hopes to raise at least $10,000 by the end of the month to donate to the Jim Collins Foundation, a trans-founded and led non-profit that offers grants for gender-affirming procedures to those in need.

“I’ve found that many LGBT Christians give their tithe money back to LGBT people instead of the church since, broadly speaking, the evangelical church isn’t doing anything to help the needs of LGBT people,” Eliel Cruz, founder of FaithfullyLGBT, told HuffPost.

The initiative was announced just over a week after more than 150 evangelical leaders released the Nashville Statement, a fiercely anti-LGBTQ manifestocalling it sinful to even affirm the identities of transgender individuals. Hundreds of other Christian leaders swiftly responded with counter statements, coming forward with strong messages of inclusion. Read more via HuffPost