Gender-Affirming Care

Allison Tanner

July 26, 2023

The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, of which Lakeshore is a founding member, is offering a webinar on Gender-Affirming Care. With the growing attacks and fear-mongering against our trans siblings, this provides both solid information and ways to join in solidarity with this vulnerable population. Below is information on this event.

Pastor Tanner will lead Bible Study on zoom at 10:30 this morning.

Dial-in: 1 669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 859 909 5914
Password: 192833



What is Gender-Affirming Care?

Dear AWAB family,

“Gender-Affirming Care” is a phrase that’s been demonized in recent times, warped in a systematic way to trigger an image not of someone being affirmed for who they are, but rather an image of a five-year-old who is being forced against their will to physically change their gender. Unfortunately, this misinformation about gender-affirming care is being spread by those with significant wealth, power, and political bias, and has been spread without the broader society noticing.

Join Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson and Rev. Erica Saunders as they lead in a webinar explaining the myths behind gender-affirming care, and how legislation that restricts gender-affirming care dangerously harms our transgender youth. Furthermore, they will also share about what role churches and individuals can play in providing access or advocacy for gender-affirming care for our transgender youth.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 8th, at 8PM ET/5PM PT. This webinar is free, but registration is required by clicking the link below. We hope you can join us!

Register Here

Speaker info:

The Rev. Erica Saunders is one of the first openly trans women ordained to ministry in Baptist life. She currently serves as the pastor of Peace Community Church in Oberlin, Ohio. Originally from North Carolina, she holds the Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s in French, Spanish, and philosophy from Queens University of Charlotte. Her passions include the study of Christian origins, preaching, and corny puns.

The Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson currently serves as the interim minister of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in New Bedford, MA, a keynote speaker, workshop leader, social justice advocate and the moderator of A Transgender Community for All found at She is an ordained minister (her credentials are recognized by the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches, USA), educator, counselor, keynote speaker, workshop leader and social activist. She received her Bachelor degree in Business Education from Barrington College in Barrington, RI, a Masters in Religious Studies from Providence College in Providence, RI, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia, PA as well as a number of other graduate courses in business and religious studies.