Despite deep-rooted bigotry toward transgender individuals, over the last decade there has also been remarkable progress toward fuller rights, respect, and visibility for those who don’t identify with the gender identity assigned to them at birth. Hugh Taft-Morales, a cis-gendered heterosexual, explores his own path toward fuller appreciation of the challenges for the transgender community. What can Ethical Culturists and humanists do to better defend the rights of transgender individuals? What should we most remember on November 20, 2016, the Transgender Day of Remembrance? (Note: Mark your calendar for this day of remembrance on November 20 at First Unitarian – doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.