Where is your light today? What is inspiring you? Transforming you? What is allowing you to be love to the world?
“I will remember this word," he said. "Shenanigans. It is a good word.”
― John Flanagan, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
Professor Spade teaches law at Seattle University. However, his shenanigator honors comes from his focus on how the justice system impacts the LGBTQ* community. He founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project which is a "civil rights organization focusing on equality for gender non-conforming people. Built organization from initial fellowship project to eight staff in four years, won several precedent-setting lawsuits, represented hundreds of clients, and performed dozens of training seminars for government organizations, community service providers, schools, and local organizations."
Additionally, he continues to advocate for the abolition of jails and prisons at all levels. He serves his professional community and continues to push on the boundaries of social and political boundaries by advocating for those that many people consider the least among us--the gender queer or trans* people affected by the justice system.
From a personal point-of-view, he let me-an religion and theology geek-take a short course on incarceration and the law. It was a wonderful experience and made me doubly appreciative of the work that he does (and other lawyers) and the work that I do (chaplains). Additionally, as a man who has journeyed through gender transition, he is an excellent role model for my ever seeking, ever searching transitioning son. I appreciate the generosity of spirit it takes to offer a seat at the lawyer table to a chaplain and I appreciate the generosity of spirit it takes to put yourself on the front lines as a role model and advocate for the LGBTQ* community. Thank you!
For continually pushing social, political, and justice boundaries, Professor Dean Spade, you are a shenanigator! What a great example of being love to the world.
Shalom and Amen.
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