Transphobia has no place in Reclaiming

In response to recent conversations around a pagan event in San Francisco, as well as ongoing struggles with trans-exclusionary beliefs, words, and actions, a group of majority white, disabled, trans, and nonbinary witches from the Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming community came together on August 11, 2018, to write this statement. We invite other Reclaiming witches, groups, and communities to co-sign below.

Transphobia has no place in Reclaiming

Given that the Reclaiming Principles of Unity state that “we honor all genders and gender histories,” we clearly assert that trans exclusionary beliefs, words, and actions are not in integrity with the Principles of Unity.

Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary people are real. We are exactly who we say we are. We get to define our own genders for ourselves and expect others in community to honor and embrace this.

We know that transphobia and cisgenderism are the air we breathe in the settler-colonial, racist, white supremacist, ableist, classist, dominant discourses where we live. We also acknowledge that this systemic oppression is part of our tradition’s roots. Challenging this is our ongoing work, such as when we modified the Principles of Unity in 2012.

As witches, we know transformation is possible, if there is will and commitment to learning and using the tools of accountability.

We want to be clear that trans and nonbinary people are part of the integral fabric of our tradition as ancestors, elders, teachers, visionaries, organizers, community members, and descendants.

In crafting this statement, and in our ongoing work, we are driven by love as a commitment to dismantling transphobia and cisgenderism in our Reclaiming tradition, both in our bio-regional communities and on a global level.

We invite one another to assess and share our resources, and to hold each other accountable, knowing that we are all vital and connected.

Signed August 11, 2018

Alex Iantaffi, Diana Melisabee Moncur, Doe, Eddy Rivers, Eli Bruna Effinger-Weintraub, Galen Smith, Jennifer Byers, Johannah, Leora Effinger-Weintraub, Max Gries, Root Holden, Song (Nanette) Echols, Teri Parsley Starnes

We invite other Reclaiming witches, groups, and communities to co-sign if they so desire.

Additional Signers

Note: Names are added manually. The database is checked daily and updates are made when new signatures arrive  (last update 11/13/18 at 9:30 p.m. CST).

August 14, 2018

  • Rae Eden
  • Janet Court
  • Ariel Currie
  • Karin Levitski
  • Susan Bizaca
  • River Roberts
  • Romana Miller
  • Matt DeNinno
  • Irisanya Moon
  • Robin “Web” Simons
  • Yarrow Angelweed
  • Uncle Bear Klein
  • Mark Wenninger
  • Sheri Keller (member of SpiralHeart community)
  • Colleen Cook
  • Aurora
  • Otter (Mary) Abrahamson
  • Crystal Finch
  • Passia
  • Skye M Carter
  • Mignon Rook
  • Jude Elf
  • John Slade
  • Juliette Gouirand-Vey
  • Alex F.
  • Myrm
  • Cubby Rash
  • Medwyn McConachy, Reclaiming Witch and Priestess, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Ximena Antillón
  • Amoret BriarRose
  • Piscin
  • Angela Maki North
  • Marilyn R. Pukkila
  • Josh Zimmerman
  • Peti Songcatcher
  • Ingrid Pollyak
  • Danny
  • River Cook
  • Bonnie May
  • Kelpie Oaks
  • Sara Fetherolf
  • Gradylee Shapiro
  • Pat Hogan, Vancouver BC Canada
  • Cait Wallace
  • Loraine Hutchins
  • Jennifer (Wildflower) Nicoli
  • Laura Wyrd
  • Capri Miller
  • Beth Girshman, VWC long time community member and organizer
  • Jac Lionheart Fae
  • Alyssa Rose
  • Nicole Masika
  • Chuck aka Claire Bohman
  • Sparrow Garden
  • Elisha Riley
  • Sameena “Stone” Topan
  • Liam Smith
  • Copper Persephone
  • Kathleen Sachs
  • Allie Thomas
  • Dani Burlison
  • Bryan
  • Megan Miller
  • Glimmer
  • Inanna Hazel
  • Betsy Misch
  • Nic Rogoff
  • Cypress Fey
  • Juniper Caldera
  • Catherine Knowles
  • Eva Liane Foster
  • Rahula Janowski
  • David M Kohlmeier
  • Tino Calenda, San Francisco Reclaiming
  • Otter RiverRider
  • Sequoia Roane
  • Donald L. Engstrom-Reese
  • Tiffany Rapetsky
  • Cynthia Joy Wentworth Breen
  • Gwion Raven
  • The Witches Next Door
  • natasha janowski
  • Lindsay Manning
  • Pigeon Fletching
  • Raven Lunatic
  • Zac Lawhon
  • Luna Crow
  • Elspeth Tupelo
  • Rosalind Lord
  • Dawn Carlson
  • Elizabeth Creely
  • Kristen Rawson
  • S. Theresa Lau
  • Lance DeMuth
  • Bran Bairseach
  • horizon
  • Jessica Minah
  • Amanda Dobbins
  • Heather Roan Robbins (100th additional signer)
  • Rebekah Erev
  • Clare N.
  • Boneweaver
  • Maeve Dellert
  • I Lisa M Fisher sign in support and solidarity.
  • Beth Owl’s Daughter
  • Dawn Isidora
  • Cheryl Dobinson
  • Awe of Long Island Reclaiming
  • Warren Lumiel
  • Ruby Mushkin
  • Brittany Sorrels
  • Serenity Madrone
  • Phoebe Potter (treeowl)
  • Eva Blake
  • Mike Patrick
  • Al Hunter
  • Willow Kelly
  • Zéphyr Ilunga
  • Rahne Alexander, Baltimore MD
  • Tara Fahey
  • Lucy Gillespie
  • Crow Walker
  • Cerberus
  • Thorn Rose Coven
  • Maya Ravensong
  • Ruby Rae Jones
  • Charles Terrence
  • Tessa
  • Sisalfierce
  • Brandon E. Baker
  • Sol Gonzalez
  • Alicia Foster-Scales
  • Willow Krake
  • Helen/Hawk
  • Sunny Pearl
  • Amy Haddon
  • Heartroot Coven, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Lily Sage
  • Opal
  • Angela Brewer
  • Pandora O’Mallory
  • Maxwell VonRaven
  • Moss Dance
  • Max Canner
  • Renee
  • Laura Moverin
  • Reclaiming Pittsburgh
  • Ann Schremp
  • Pavini Moray
  • Nicole Gulati
  • Lisa Craddock
  • Jane Pawson
  • Ellen Stansell
  • Acorn
  • Jeff Larson
  • Heidi Richardson Evans
  • Jessica Sellner
  • Carrie Boon
  • Raven Hawthorne
  • Circle of the Earth CUUPS
  • Leona Dunnett
  • Caducues Antonius
  • Gina Norris
  • Simon Yacek
  • julia sleigh
  • Harper Evan Nelson
  • Diane Long
  • Hive Tribe Reclaiming (Chicago)
  • Goo
  • Susan Small
  • Urania
  • Robert W. Edmonds
  • liam “captain” snowdon
  • TreeDreamer
  • Betsy Walter
  • Dawn van walleghem
  • Kerry Edna McDonald
  • Sharon Melusine Jackson
  • Julian Michels
  • SarahBasil James
  • Tirzah
  • Diane Feiler
  • Mike Slatkin
  • Valerie Hanley
  • Tigris Dancing Joy
  • Stella Bay

August 15, 2018

  • briar sparkle
  • Kerry Thorne
  • Kenna
  • Tom Greybalt
  • Mim Baxter
  • Moira Victory
  • Sage Cara
  • Kelly Mir Kaufman
  • Kloe Yakira
  • Kendra
  • Joshua Boehm
  • Kate Mura
  • Tim-Oliver Franzke (Holunderschwäne, Germany)
  • Sarah Clark (f/k/a elfin) – (200th additional signer)
  • Susan Moonroot
  • Samantha Lawrence
  • Vera P.
  • Elinor Predota
  • Jack Marr
  • Jane Meredith
  • Julie Hamilton (Rabbit)
  • Emma-Jayne Saanen
  • Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming teaching cell
  • Nasnan
  • Jane Quadri
  • Dawne Anderson
  • Maeve LeFey
  • Erica Wachs
  • Sophie horrocks
  • Shira
  • Hannah Cadigan
  • Cassandra – Sternschnuppe
  • Ivy Treespirit
  • Katie Zelonka
  • Izzy Britton
  • Jennifer Orenic
  • Jeckle Fenderson
  • Erin Melissa Curtis
  • River FireSeed
  • Paige Whitworth
  • J Henry Buckley
  • louna
  • Autumn Wolfe, Az Reclaming
  • Kim Fry (butterfly) Toronto
  • Mara Z
  • Hugh English
  • Carey
  • Skye Scott
  • Abel Gomez
  • Walker O’Rourke
  • Michael Shadowthorn – Arizona Reclaiming
  • Portland Reclaiming Ritual Planning Cell
  • Seraphina Capranos, coast Salish Territory
  • Gloryus Treebyrd
  • I’m a member of Spiralheart Reclaiming and I sign because this is absolutely the work that needs doing. – Orion
  • Allison Prime
  • Preston Coyote Vargas
  • Hilary Buffum
  • Amanda
  • freygl gertsovski
  • Sasha Wolf
  • Alessandra Naccarato
  • Ann Hirschman Schremp
  • Terpsichore Barnett
  • Lux Heljardottir
  • Max Ventura, Bay Area Reclaiming
  • Mélanie Lecointe
  • Rose May Dance
  • Allyson Gwylliom
  • Rachel O’Neill
  • Shannon Bushnell, Olympia WA
  • Juli Acton
  • Renee Galante
  • Toni Hatfield
  • North Bay Reclaiming Ritual Planning Cell
  • Stella the Good Witch
  • Allison W
  • Karen Clark
  • Patti Pace
  • Sid Cat
  • Cosmic Care Nature Nest Play Portal of Treaty 7 Lands
  • Madge Whaley
  • Mykel Mogg
  • Ravyn Stanfield
  • Gede Parma/Fio Aengus
  • Avery Erickson
  • AWA Coven
  • Rebecca Terrones
  • Johanna
  • As a transwoman and Reclaiming Priestess and teacher of many years I wholeheartedly support this. Melissa MoonGoddess
  • Aurora Witchcamp Community
  • Heidi Marian
  • Amanda Campbell
  • Diana Love
  • Candy Morningway
  • PORTAL – Portland Oregon Reclaiming Teachers Alliance
  • Selin Strait
  • Rainy Moonflower
  • ORB: Otters and Ravens and Bears, Oh My! — a bay area witchy affinity group
  • Reclaiming LA Ritual Planning Cell
  • Poppy Edgewalker

August 16, 2018

  • Rebecca ‘MoonSong’ Fowler
  • kmo valkyrie
  • Bianca Wolf
  • Iris Elena Bonnaud
  • Damion Jenkins
  • David Janes
  • MoonCrone
  • Allison
  • Sameesi, of the Albion Radical Faeries
  • Nymphs – Trans Feminine Spiritual Support Circles
  • Lady Maiasaura WinterHeart
  • Dionne Beltaine
  • Starri Hedges, Falegun Langlu (300th additional signer)
  • Kaylee Jakubowski
  • Syn
  • Reclaiming Pittsburgh
  • Archer and David Swiggum
  • Amelia Meister
  • The Baltimore Reclaiming Teaching Cell
  • KARi Rightfoot
  • Elissa Hoeger
  • Casey Zabala
  • Diane Feiler
  • Liana Ryan
  • Rachel Hanson
  • Clare Maffei
  • Melody Burke
  • Lyssa Heartsong
  • Ashley Crawford
  • Matthew J Thiede
  • Anthony Rella
  • Meghan Hopkins

August 17, 2018

  • Jay Hekate
  • Thibaut
  • Reclaiming San Francisco
  • Deborah Oak
  • Daniel Borysewicz
  • Tif freed
  • Marcy Rede
  • Aszani Stoddard
  • Asa West
  • Jo Anne
  • Aria Sitaram
  • Long Island Reclaiming
  • Doris Diamond
  • John Fox
  • Bread
  • Amanda Schulz
  • The Winter WitchCamp Weavers

August 18, 2018

  • Taffy Dugan
  • South Bay Pagan Kids
  • rosejayada
  • Araignée du Soir
  • Flora Schanda

August 19, 2018

  • Chris Bass (of Cascadia Reclaiming, Portland, Oregon, U.S.)
  • Nickole Hedley
  • Bex Clark
  • Phoenix Arizona Rain
  • Cynthia Wannamaker
  • Cassidy Wright

August 20, 2018

  • Paulie Duhaime
  • The Activist Cell of Baltimore Reclaiming
  • Susan Tarshis, Milton, Ontario, Canada (350th additional signer)
  • Laurel Lazuli
  • Tamara Curry
  • Shannon Marie Davis
  • Kat Davis
  • Suzanne Lebovit
  • Kitty Sipple
  • Nicole LeCause
  • Allanah Walker
  • Tanya Lockett
  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • Marcos Bisticas-Cocoves
  • Alan Olson
  • Fiona Songbird
  • Rose Edington

August 21-22, 2018

  • Gene Bain
  • Kim Miner
  • Eliot Feenstra
  • Philly Reclaiming
  • Miles Sledd
  • Bonnie Cullum AKA Morgana
  • Erica Wilson
  • Kate Undine

August 23-24, 2018

  • Annette Muller
  • Ellen Osuna (from NYC Reclaiming)
  • Ravenna Sóley
  • Karen St John
  • Baltimore Reclaiming Family Cell

August 25-26, 2018

  • BrightFlame
  • Kier
  • Starhawk
  • Toad Weatherwax (aka Anthony Hutchinson)
  • Rebecca Fowler
  • Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming Ritual Cell
  • Allyson Seal

August 27-28, 2018

  • Reclaiming Los Anglees inner and outer organizing rings
  • Susana Dare Brown
  • Megan Hipsley
  • Milkweed Coven, Baltimore MD
  • The Media Cell of Baltimore Reclaiming
  • Capri Miller
  • Judith Lloyd

August 31 — September 1, 2018

  • Marsha Cheyney
  • Elisabeth Hebert
  • Jennifer A. Mott-Smith

September 8 & 10, 2018

  • Mary Shock
  • Willow RavenWolf

September 15, 2018

  • Debbie Kirkland
  • SpiralHeart Reclaiming
  • Ryan Cvirik

September 26-27, 2018

  • Pavini Moray (400th additional signer)
  • Ondra Veltruský

October 23, 2018

  • dress wedding

November 10-13, 2018

  • jenika juxtaposed
  • Amanda Winford
  • Jaguar Reow
  • Pabs

Glossary of terms

  • ableist: prejudice and/or discrimination against disabled people, including the assumption that non-disabled people are the norm and as such superior to/better than disabled people.
  • accountability: taking responsibility for one’s actions, words and beliefs.
  • cisgenderism: a belief system based on the idea that there are only two genders (male/female) and that this is ‘natural’, making cis people (those whose sex assigned at birth aligns with their gender identity) the norm.
  • dominant discourses: sets of ideas that are promoted through social rules, media, legal systems and other social structures and relationships.
  • settler-colonial: a type of colonialism that tries to replace Indigenous populations with an invasive society of settlers from another place.
  • systemic oppression: discrimination and oppression of groups that share specific social identities through social, legal, architectural, educational and other structures.
  • transphobia: a term to indicate fear of, discrimination against, and violence towards trans people.

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