Trans Visibility Past and Present

Trans Visibility Past and Present

On March 28, 2023, pastor and trans activist Jakob Hero-Shaw facilitated a conversation with Sarah Flynn and David Weekley, both clergypersons and trans people, who transitioned over 45 years ago. Their discussion looked at some different realities trans persons faced at that time, along with some reflections on what they have observed over the ensuing decades. Hear their insights on trans experiences today, along with the particular challenges and blessings of being elderly and trans.

Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw is the Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa. He is the coordinator of the Transgender Roundtable at the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies, a faculty member of the Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort, and serves as a board member of LGBTQ-RAN.

Sarah Flynn is retired United Methodist clergy who was in the trans sister class of 1978. A long-time LGBTQ advocate and activist, Sarah also worked as college registrar and student advisors. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Vermont Department of Corrections.

Rev. David Weekley, D.Min. is a retired ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church. David began his transition in 1972. Rev. Weekley continues to serve in ministry and advocacy with transgender people and organizations.


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