Lot's Wife Trans & Queer Chaplaincyis creating Emotional and Spiritual Support for Trans and Queer St Louisans!
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Reward: Discord Access and deep appreciation
Thank you for your support. $5 dollars a month buys a coffee for Pastor Tori or a community member while they meet.
Provides one hour monthly of case management, emotional and spiritual support, visitation, public speaking, or ritual planning/implementation. Donating at this tier allows me to continue to provide care to trans-explansive and queer st. Louisians in partnership with MTUG.
Reward: Multiple Stickers and Discord Access
This tier pays for a two to three meals amonth (four to five if cheap take-out). The nature of this work means that Pastor Tori eats out a lot with community members, and funding at this tier provides food on the go for Pastor Tori and other community members.
Lot's Wife is unique to the region - and to my understanding, unique in the US - as a chaplaincy intentionally independent so as to have the freedom to meet and serve community members where they are. There are not systems in place that are trans-affirming, trauma-informed, and accessible to meet the real life survival needs of our community. Lot's Wife works with a number of community organizations when requested but primarily can be found around the city with community members and holding office hours a few afternoons a week at Shameless Grounds.
In the past few months, Lot's Wife has been asked to pray for the board of Alderman, lead the transgender day of remberance day for the city, teach a class on crisis care for a local leather group, speak to LGBTQ undergrads and law students, and chaplain for Creating Change, the National LGBTQ taskforce conference as well as preach during the interfaith service there.Looking forward, Lot's Wife will be teaching a class on crisis care at Mr. Missouri Leather and will be presenting at or sitting on a panel for a number of conferences (to be announced). Lot's Wife is moving towards 501c3 status (goal to have paperwork submitted by midyear). Pastor Tori is working on collaboration and training possibilities with a couple of national organizations - so be on the look out for announcements and new projects soon.
I need your current and ongoing help RIGHT NOW to do this work.
Every day, I sit with community members in active crisis or needing support to stay out of active crisis (by staying sober or getting connected to mental health resources and peer supports). Every day, I save lives by listening to people and connecting them to resources and community. I visit our community in hospitals and companion them to medical appointments - serving as support to them and their families and also strongly advocating to medical staff proper use of pronoun, name, and (chosen) family infrastructure.I officiate weddings and name-change celebrations (even (T)ea parties when someone started testosterone), am on panels and speak for public events (including TDOR), and officiate a large number of memorials and funerals.Much of my work Nobody else in our region is doing this work for our community - or even has the community credibility to be able to do this work if they chose. I need your ongoing support to continue to do this work full-time.
Your support would enable me to take on some additional community-requested projects RIGHT NOW: --Current (and non-exhaustive) Project List --
1) End of Life/Memorial Planning for Trans-Expansive Folks (and their family groups)
Pastor Tori Jameson (they/them) is a radical trans(nonbinary) queer/lesbian, sex (body+kink) positive, process-liberation practical theologian and community organizer/chaplain. They have a master of divinity (MDiv) from Andover Newton Theological School (Boston, MA) where they studied interfaith community ministry, and served in a variety of progressive Christian and Unitarian-Universalist settings. They spent much of their undergraduate years in a fundamentalist Christian cult (ask them about it and about leaving!) and have a bachelors degree in technology education (after spending their final semester teaching woodshop to middle school students). Pastor Tori is not a native St. Louisian but does love provel cheese and the monkey house at the zoo. They are a proud cat parent to two chonky rescue tabby cats. If they are not running around the city with a community member, Tori can often be found playing board games at the sex-positive coffeeshop (Shameless Grounds), in the streets protesting, or supporting friends and community members at drag king night at Grey Fox.