Monday, November 5, 2007

Letters to the Editor VIII: Editor puts an end to "gay family" letters

After 16 weeks of conversation, the editor decides these are the last of the Letters to the Editor regarding the original article about our family.
(See editor's comments below).

Friday, October 12, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The Bible is very clear about sin

Friday, October 26, 2007
Attitudes toward homosexuality said to shift
Mayor George Heartwell speaks out about the changing attitudes in West Michigan

Sunday, November 4, 2007
Muskegon Chronicle editor puts an end to the letters

"Editor's note: This heavily edited letter is the last on this subject we will be running for a while. We need to give the Pastor Cross-"gay family" controversy a rest in order to catch up with our letters backlog. Thanks to all our writers for contributing to what has been a very interesting dialogue."

Soulforce posted original article on their blog followed by this quote:

"Still, the Bible is like a mirror. You end up reading it not as a reflection of how it is but of how you are. If you're a bigoted, narrow person, you will find bigotry in the Bible." D. Tammet

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Remembering Ian

My dear Chloe and her friend Raissa
remembering their sweet friend Ian

Saturday, November 3, 2007 -- Front page of the Holland Sentinel

"Ian was the shiz," said Chloe Beighley, a Black River junior. "He was really funny."

"He always knew when to make a person smile," said Raissa Permesang, also a junior.

To view WOOD-TV's coverage of the vigil entitled "Remembering Ian," click here.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

One of our Beautiful Children is Lost

It is with a heavy heart that I share the tragic loss of one of our community’s beautiful children. Ian, a 16-year old transgender young man from West Michigan, took his own life on Monday, October 29th. Ian's family have been staunch allies and good friends of Triangle Foundation from the beginning of their journey. His mother Amy is a founder of TransYouth Family Advocates , a national organization addressing the issues facing transgender youth and a national partner of Triangle Foundation’s Camping.OUT program.

Ian was one of my daughter Chloe’s dearest friends. He was sensitive, thoughtful, brilliant, hilarious, and painfully shy. Our world is less bright without Ian’s presence. Even with an amazingly supportive and loving family such as Ian had, the youth of our community face an incredibly difficult path. In the United States, every hour an transgender, gay, lesbian, or bisexual (LGBT) youth commits suicide. The statistics for transgender youth are even more harrowing -- according to The Trevor Project, one in two trans youth will attempt suicide.

Ian’s family did everything right. They loved, cared, and advocated for who Ian knew he really was – not just for who society wanted him to be. This community owes Ian's family a debt of gratitude for all that they have done for Ian as well as for all transgender youth.

Triangle Foundation joins our friends at TransYouth Family Advocates in once again renewing our commitment to working with and on behalf of transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth who, like Ian, are struggling with a society that is often unwilling to accept them for the unique and beautiful people they are. Our work will continue until no young person feels that suicide is their only option.

Please join my family and Triangle Foundation in sending our loving thoughts to Ian’s family, loved ones, and the community which joins them in mourning his loss.

Please join TransYouth Family Advocates and Triangle Foundation
in a Candlelight Vigil in
Celebration of Ian’s Life and the Launch of the Ian Project
Friday evening, November 2nd at 7 p.m.
Black River Public School – Soccer Field
491 Columbia Avenue
Holland, MI 49423

If you are, or you know, a young person thinking of suicide – please know that you are not alone and help is available. Contact The Trevor Project immediately at 1-888-488-7386 or visit for help and more information.

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