In 2011 the Circle of Cerridwen dropped a social justice bomb about transgender issues on Pantheacon.

In 2012, because of the work we did in 2011, we published an anthology entitled “Gender and Transgender in Modern Paganism” (which is a free PDF download, or you can buy a paper copy slightly above cost). We also did a big open discussion/ritual so that people could express their feelings around these issues. Afterwards, Z. Budapest wrote some pretty hateful stuff on my blog, to which my wife had a beautiful response.

After these two events, we saw, much to our surprise and happiness, many people and groups (such as CAYA coven and P. Sufenas Virius Lupus) take up the banner and create space in the pagan community that is welcoming to all genders and sexual orientations. It’s not perfect, and there’s still plenty of work to do, but it has been amazing to see just how much the paradigm has shifted.

I’m proud of the work that my coven did around transgender acceptance. As a coven, we’ve moved on to doing more support for other people doing the work and we’ve also moved more into teaching about radical inclusion. But our commitment to supporting transgender, gender variant, and agender people still remains a core part of who we are, and we hope we’re setting a good example for other groups to follow.