Members of The Abstract Church in Denton placed an ad today in the Denton Record-Chronicle in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The Rev. Jeff Hood, who leads the church, said the ad was motivated by the recent trans murder of Artegus Madden after reading the initial story in Dallas Voice, as well as one about how police have few leads. An anonymous donor helped pay for the ad.
“We were particularly burdened to act due to the murder of Artegus Madden in the Savannah community near Denton,” Hood said. “Our leadership decided to take action and issue a community appeal.”
The ad reads, “Gender is not a Dichotomy/Remember the Slain/ Stop the oppression.”
This is not the first ad the church has placed in the paper. Back in March, the church reached out with an Easter ad calling for inclusive churches to unite.
The church, which used to meet at Denton’s gay bar Mable Peabody’s Beauty Parlor, recently changed their name from The Church at Mable Peabody’s to The Abstract Church when they began meeting at anther location, 529 Malone St. in Denton.