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Educating people with REAL information, research and the very personal life experiences of transgendered people are so important. It's sad that so many people not only not understand, but really the issue is not being willing to understand, to learn, and to expand our understanding of humanity. It is not so black and white as many peopl want it to be. Thanks to all transgendered people and their allies for being brave and educating the masses!
Thank you for this article ... well written and much needed.
While I sympathize with anyone's identity and/or sexual struggles - gay or straight - nothing (including another sappy, pro-glbt human interest story) will change the fact that God expects us all to overcome our struggles with sin. You can fool yourself and others who don't accept the plain teachings of God's Word. But please don't think that you're fooling God or people who take the obvious truth in Romans 1 and other places for what it says. I know you hate to hear it, but repentance is the only place you'll find your true identity and true freedom. When's the Strib going to do a nice story about one of the millions of people who has had a complete transformation that way? I won't hold my breath waiting for one. [You hit it right on the head, Sigfried; the Strib always presents one side of this issue. I'll take a look at your site.]
I feel most enlightened by the definitions of bio sex, gender, orientation and social roles and behaviors. I am just reminded of the layer cake which is identity! Life and who we are much more complex then how we urinate, who we sleep with AND how we function in the world. I am glad that the Trib is opening a conversation.
Thank you for bringing the truth of the transgender experience to light! When a person lives their life in their correct gender life rewards you with happiness and fulfillment. It is a life most extraordinary.
I am a fully transitioned Transsexual, now legally and anatomically a woman. It has been a struggle and life long ordeal to endure as a Christian. When I was rejected by my church of 30 years, my family, and everyone else, I left the Twin Cities, Minnesota and the bigotry to live a changed life. Up until that time I had not actively lived as a female. Now after three years and transitioned, I live the life of a Christian woman, although I have not had a relationships for several years, or since the rejection of my spouse. I resent the implication that I am gay, or homosexual, as I have never had sex with a man, nor anyone since my marriage. I am simply living a normal Christian and modest life.
Regardless of the fact that I am a Transsexual and have struggled many years to overcome my affliction and to integrate into society in a positive way. You likely would not at first glance recognize me as anything other than a woman. I would suppose that with in your discrimination you may come to the conclusion that I am not an authentic woman, or perhaps justifiably fitting in the normalcy of the human race. You have that right and are free to so represent that point of view.
I do want to impart some information so that you may humanely understand the struggle many of us attempt to survive, and that there are even more who cannot. That every ten minutes a child, 1/2500, is born ambiguous, and the attending physician cannot determine the sex, or gender. Some enter the world AIS (Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome) where as men they develop as females. All fetuses are first female and according to gene, chromosome, and endocrinology become androgen sensitive and become males. Or something in between. 1/150 have some form of Intersex condition varying from urethra hypoplasia to any number of genital and body mixtures. Transsexuals are a small segment. Est 1/30,000, of which only 5% transition and have reassignment surgery. The world is not so rightly divided male and female, nor is it in application of justice and equality. I know as I have had to overcome elements of anatomy and legal definition. Even though I have transitioned from a recognizable male role, and am now legally and anatomically a female, I must endure the bigoted and often dangerous treatment of the workings of society around me. I pass well, but for many it is impossible.
I would hope as a Christian others who claim Christ could come to True Transition as well and show His love as opposed to hate and bigotry.
Note: I do not follow the GLBt or HRC propaganda line either.
United Church of Christ is open and affirming to anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation and sexual preference. Please don't feel alone!
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