On Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in front of a cafe in downtown Washington, sipping coffee under a sliver of roof on a wet day, minding my own business, when three people who were clearly tourists walked up and gestured for me to take out my headphones. I asked them why they wanted to pray for me, and the same person answered that they felt called by God to walk around the streets of D. I sure as hell caught the gist of why these folks happened upon me to offer prayer. Her state senator father disagrees. My introduction to Christianity was in evangelical churches. For years, I navigated conservative religious spaces where I encountered bigotry and attempts to shame LGBTQ people and women as often as I found warmhearted people eager to serve others.
Conservative groups attack gay rights bills as effort to 'ban the Bible' in Texas
Texas conservatives claim LGBTQ equality bill ‘bans the Bible’ – ThinkProgress
The transgender debate is becoming all-encompassing. Issues such as education, law, government, entertainment all fall in the crosshairs of the transgender debate, and our culture moves with such speed that working out how to respond seems overwhelming, if not impossible. So here are five essential things for Christians to keep in mind as we think about and speak about transgenderism. While we resist the attempt being made at a cultural and legal level to view gender as a matter of choice, we must also recognize that caught up in all this are deeply hurting people. Those who experience gender dysphoria are not necessarily trying to win a culture war.
I’m transgender and Christian. Here’s what I did when evangelicals tried to pray for me.
It is bigoted, racist, intolerant and reactionary. It brings about division, hatred and exclusion. In our modern progressive society, we simply cannot allow this hate speech to be freely available. In the interests of a loving, harmonious and peaceful society, it must be banned now.
I recently met a lovely young family in the northern suburbs of Dallas. They told me they previously attended a large Baptist church there — until their high school son became their daughter. We love everybody here. If I eat an entire half-gallon of ice cream, I am likely guilty of the sin of gluttony.