During my time as executive director of Americans United, I’ve always looked for opportunities to advance the cause of church-state separation by reaching new audiences. That’s why I am pleased to share that thanks to the online streaming service Concert Window, a fabulous show benefitting Americans United will be available August 3 to anyone who wants to watch it – regardless of where you live.
Next up in Americans United’s Voices United concert series is: “An Evening with Faith Soloway” at Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass. Soloway is the co-creator and writer of the Emmy-award winning Amazon TV series “Transparent,” a groundbreaking show revolving around a transgender woman and her family. Soloway will have a conversation with my friend folk singer Catie Curtis, and she will discuss her work in comedy, her musicals such as “Jesus Has Two Mommies” and about the transgender awareness movement that has achieved a prominent, mainstream platform through her television show.
As a special treat, Soloway will share a song from “Transparent, the Musical,” which is currently in development.
I’m so glad that Soloway is able to shine a light on the experiences of transgender people given the immense religion-based persecution they face in America today. After all, North Carolina recently passed a law that forces everyone in that state to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they were assigned at birth. And in Houston, Texas, a city ordinance that was intended to protect LGBT persons and others was overturned by voters who claimed the law would allow men “pretending” to be women to harm women and girls in restrooms.
And I’m very familiar with the plight of Kendall Oliver, a transgender U.S. Army reservist who was denied a haircut by a California barber earlier this year because of the barber’s religious beliefs. This sort of discrimination is absolutely wrong.
I’m also proud to say that this is not the first time the immensely talented Soloway has worked to benefit the cause of church-state separation, and I cannot say enough good things about her. She, along with her sister Jill, wrote a hilarious song for Americans United several years ago about a church-state “breakup,” with the parts of church and state played by star comedians Jane Lynch (“Glee”) and Jordan Peele (“Key and Peele”).
There will also be many special guests at this show including singer/songwriter Jennifer Kimball (“The Story”) and Boston’s Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus.
If you'll be in the Boston area on August 3, tickets to the show are available at: http://bit.ly/FaithSolowayPassim
But if you can’t attend the show in person, you can join us through Concert Window! The event will be live and streaming on your device. Just visit: https://www.concertwindow.com/clubpassim to get more details about how you can be part of this special evening.
Anyone who knows me knows how deeply I care about protecting true religious liberty for all Americans. If you feel as I do – and if you want to see some great entertainment while supporting an important cause – I hope you will join Americans United on August 3.