Eli’s Story

This is an op-ed piece that we (Liane and John) wrote for our local newspaper, the Centre Daily Times. It was published on October 21, 2016, under the headline “Events seek to build bridge between LGBTQ and faith communities”.

It does indeed publicize the events that we planned for the year, and our hopes for them – but it also seeks to tell a bit of Eli’s story, and thereby help others understand something about his life as a trans* person, with all its hopes, dreams, and struggles. Continue reading “Eli’s Story”

Radio Interview

On October 24, 2016, Jason Crane interviewed me (John) for his show The Morning Mixtape on the State College radio station FREQ (“98.7 The FREQ“).  The interview was about Eli’s life and experience of faith and about the upcoming speaker events that we were planning.  You can listen to the interview here or by clicking on the embedded “video” (really a still picture with sound) below:

Eli Roe’s Obituary

This is Eli Roe’s obituary published in the Centre Daily Times, February 2, 2016

Eli M. Roe:  January 22, 1994 – January 29, 2016

Eli Roe (also known as Miriam), a gifted and loving person who courageously endured great distress, is now at peace. Eli, beloved child of John and Liane Roe, was born in Oxford, England and moved with parents and older brother Nathan to State College, Pennsylvania at the age of four. Eli graduated from State College Area High School in 2012 and was studying Rehabilitation and Human Services at The Pennsylvania State University.

Eli’s life was marked by compassion for others and love of justice. He worked for the Arc of Centre County supporting the needs of clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Continue reading “Eli Roe’s Obituary”