A billboard that recently went up in Detroit puts forth a bold, yet controversial, statement: “Trans people are sacred.”
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A photo of Bill, my firstborn Billboard – curated by @ellenrutt @playdetroit & @saveartspace // For somebody out there, this could be a rescue flare. All gratitude to my trans/two-spirit/and non-binary indigenous peers esp @infinitedakota for carrying this knowledge through colonization, and for sharing with me this phrase. When I first heard it, it lit my heart on fire. TRANS PEOPLE ARE SACRED: E. 7 MILE & KEMPA ST. / DETROIT
The billboard, designed by nonbinary trans artist Jonah Welch, couldn’t come at a better time given the frequent attacks against trans people by the government.
Even Christians who believe it’s a sin — or a lie — to be transgender shouldn’t really be able to find fault with the claim that humans are sacred to God. After all, God made them in His image, right?
It didn’t take long for conservative writer Scott Greer — a self-described “white guy on Twitter” (naturally) — to find something controversial about it:
God is dead and been replaced by trans people https://t.co/N2DwPK7xQQ
— Scott Greer (@ScottMGreer) July 22, 2019
That’s… definitely not even close to what the sign says. And plenty of other Twitter users were glad to point that out:
If that's your takeaway, you must have had a very tiny God, created in your own image.
— Warwick (@WarWraith) July 22, 2019
Hell yes, according to bigots we're tradition-wreckers, society destroyers, and a gender scourge. Might as well add 'god-slayers' to the list of our accomplishments.
— TrashTransKitty (@Djinnkitty) July 22, 2019
Nope. I’m alive and I LOVE trans people.
— God (@thegoodgodabove) July 22, 2019
Man, you all are confusing. "All lives matter! Except those ones…Pro-Life, except their's." Make up your minds
— Christopher Hicks (@ChrisHicks90) July 22, 2019
And now with our godlike powers combined we will destroy transphobes and anyone who doesn't like the lgbtq+ community
— your uwus, hand em over (@trash__w_a_k_e) July 22, 2019
Trans people are so powerful they KILLED GOD!!! https://t.co/5A5xCpJMMh
— Forever is Never Enough (@The_Green_City) July 23, 2019
For all the ugliness in the world, Twitter occasionally reminds us that there are some decent people still out there.