I keenly feel the losses that happen regularly in my transgender community. Any loss of human life (especially prematurely) is a tragic loss for all of us. The suicide rate among my transgender brothers and sisters is horribly high. It is several times greater than the still tragic rate within the general population. We all need to take some responsibility to change this sad reality. Why can’t we recognize the precious humanity that dwells within each of our fellow community members? Do we really need to demonize and marginalize people that we don’t fully understand or don’t see eye to eye with? Does it really validate who we are as human beings if we take apart and dehumanize less accepted members of society? Sadly, my transgender community is still very much on the outside looking in on our (shared) world. How horrible that some vulnerable souls are driven to fatally hurt themselves because of society’s marginalizing sting! Can we start seeing people as precious individuals instead of as being part of a group classification? My community has so much untapped valuable talent that is being tragically wasted! Let’s let mercy and justice be our guiding principles and philosophy of life!?! As a Christian I find it outrageous when some Christians condemn transgender folks in the name of righteousness! Jesus himself was known to hang out with common men and women and social misfits and outcasts. Do we now know better than Jesus? He never condemned members of the LGBT community!