Bay State religious groups back transgender rights bill – by Joe Siegel – EDGE New England Editor

As transgender activists and their supporters continue to lobby the legislature to add gender identity and expression to the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination statutes, a number of religious institutions gathered in western Massachusetts last Thursday to show their support.

The event, dubbed “An Act of Faith,” was held at The Edwards Church in Northampton. Beit Ahavah (the Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton,) the Edwards Church, the Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality and Keshet organized the forum. Speakers included Rabbi Riqi Kosovske of Beit Ahavah Synagogue, the Rev. Dr. Peter Kakos, the Rev. Andrea Ayvazian of Haydenville Congregational Church, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer of Jewish Community of Amherst, and Pastor Yohah Ralph of the United Church of Christ.