Sunday, November 10, 2013

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance we humbly offer our service to the Divine

The Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs every November 20 to memorialize people who were murdered as a result of transphobia. "Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people."—quoted from

Hail our Beloved and Honored Ancestors!
With deep respect and affection, the members of Beyond the Binary offer our gratitude, today and every day, to all of the brave and wonderful Ancestors who did not fit into the gender expectations of their time and place. Their trials and victories serve as true inspiration for us. We strive to honor the memory of their light by taking up the mantle of working towards the acceptance, honoring, and respect of all lives in this world.  We pray for these Ancestors' benevolent guidance as we accept stewardship of this work to help integrate all genders into a loving union in service to Deity. Blessed be.

Who Are We?
Beyond the Binary is a newly-hatched group within CAYA Coven, formed of our public Priest/esses, charged with furthering the work of CAYA Coven towards a more proactive inclusion of people who self-identify beyond the gender binary in the spiritual and magical work that we do. We most definitely invite people of every gender to participate as we move together through uncharted realms of language, identity and spiritual practice.

Though the discussion of gender inclusiveness in Pagan practice began long ago, and we anticipate it will continue indefinitely, we, the members of Beyond the Binary, intend to spend the coming year making connections and alliances with other groups and individuals who share this concern, to participate in events that support and celebrate diverse gender identities, and to report and discuss our observations here in this public blog. Our longterm vision is to provide sacred service to gender variant people and communities.

With Love and Respect,
Beyond the Binary

Strega Manea Trinacria, High Priestess of Wild Magic
Q'desha Yansumi Diwata, High Priestess of Musical Ecstacy
Gatekeeper Jey, High Priest of Doorways and Crossroads
Juniper, Priestess of Psychosynthesis
Melissa ra Karit, Priest/ess of the Body-Temple
Jaina Bee, 2014 Wildflower Priest/ess Initiate
owl of love, 2014 Wildflower Priest/ess Initiate