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Video 1: Keynote Address at the 2015 Reformation Project Conference The opening keynote address at the 2015 Reformation Project Conference was given by Nicole Garcia, a transgender Latina Lutheran pastor who is also a nationally certified counselor specializing in gender identity. In her talk she shared some of her background, including her position as a former law enforcement officer, her decision to quit law enforcement and pursue counseling, and her journey to the ELCA seminary to become ordained in the Lutheran church. In order to bring attention to the violence displayed towards transgender people, calling the audience to compassion, she presented throughout her address photographs of 23 transgender people who had been killed that year, explaining that one of those pictures was taken by a surveillance camera of a 66 year old newly uncloseted transgender woman only moments before she was killed. Garcia posited that this picture was likely the only picture of this transgender woman being her true self.
Instead of presenting a defense of her position based on the verses commonly used to argue against transgender issues, Garcia opts to have her best defense be a good offense. She prefaced this offence, however, with a short history lesson on the reformation, because, in her own words, “I want to remind you that the way we approach Scripture is very, very complicated. Greater minds than mine have been trying to discern the meaning

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