Dozens protest with Isabella Red Cloud at Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls

Amid horns being sounded in support by passing motorists, Isabella Red Cloud told her supportive crew “Last week, Saturday I came here for food. I was invited by a friend I was hungry”. Red Cloud said of her experience at the Union Gospel Mission. ” I went in and wearing the same dress and I was told I couldn’t eat there until I came back dressed like a man.’

This was evidently too much and spurred an individual to cross the street and tell them that they weren’t welcomed and that they should ‘keep moving’. Another, a man in a wheelchair, came out of the mission to tell the group he supported them.

The video that prompted the outrage went viral.

Last Sunday she came to the mission for Church service but was told she wasn’t welcome there. The mission called the police who escorted her off the premises.

Isabella Red Cloud

The Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls,  founded by a pardoned murderer promises to give freely to all in need according to their website.

Indian Country Today reports that the organization TransAction South Dakota, says the transgender community has been seeing what they call “religious right discrimination” on a national level and locally and they are hoping Red Cloud’s story brings light to the issues the community faces.

“We are primarily just disappointed. We would like the opportunity to sit down with the folks at Union Gospel Mission, to give them the opportunity to humanize our experience more and get to know us on a personal level, “says Board member of TransAction South Dakota Kendra Heathscott

Planet Trans does not prescribe to or promote religion or atheism. However, it is our wish not to intentionally dissuade anyone from following their faith. It is in this spirit we call on the Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls to apologize to Isabella Red Cloud and take action to make amends. Christians in the United states are rightfully panicked over their failing churches but refuse to acknowledge why. Instead of doing the Christian thing they scapegoat and idolize money changers. They need to change their ways. That would be the truly Christian thing to do.

Red Cloud says she is glad to have taken a stand as a Native transgender woman and that her motives were unselfish. “I am not doing any of this for money or to get any kind of internet fame. This is about human rights. We are all human beings.”

Isabella has a lot in common with the mission’s founder as she was recently released after serving time. Given that this is her time of greatest need, and this “Christian” organization with their ungodly bigotry rejected her,  a fundraiser has been set up to help.

To support Isabella Red Cloud’s GoFundMe page visit it here.

Kelli Busey
Editor in Chief at

Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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3 Responses to Dozens protest with Isabella Red Cloud at Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls

  1. Summer April 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Red Cloud if you ever see this post, know you have 100’s of thousands of us that proudly call you our sister, and we stand with you in solidarity. Your doing the right thing girl, dont takebthat hate shit from anyone. Planet Transgender has voiced reasonable actions that should have already been followed up on.
    Union Gospel Mission…… Just another brick in the wall

  2. Marian Patricia April 30, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    And Didn’t Jesus hang out with Prostitutes and tax collectors? Well He’d probably call the Union Gospel Mission Hypocrites for not despensing help and need to ALL. Regardless of personal issues/beliefs!!!

    Isabella Redcloud looks like a woman and identifies as a woman and the Church has No business denying her help or not allowing her to attend church to worship on Race/sex/gender grounds. For as that verse in Galatians says We’re All one in Christ.

  3. Isabella Red cloud May 4, 2017 at 6:05 am

    hello everyone how are you and thank you all for the love and support thank you summer and Patricia for your loving comments. I will always be here for you loves