The Reverend Mykal Slack, a Black, transgender faith leader, preaches welcoming, understanding, and acceptance of LGBTQ people. Rev. Slack is a transgender man – he was raised female but knew from a young age that that didn’t quite fit, and so he transitioned to live every day as the man he long knew himself to be. Having disclosed his gender to people of many faiths while a student at Union Theological Seminary in 2006, Rev. Slack understands how important it is for people all over the country to direct their energies toward a more just world for trans and gender non-conforming people.
“It takes work, sometimes work folks have never done before, to do what it takes to actually honor and celebrate the lives of people, especially when those lived experiences are different from one’s own,” Rev. Slack says. “But we have a responsibility to do that work. I would say that it is a part of our spiritual practice as people of faith and moral conscience.”