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Like Herding Cats: Getting Trans People in Church

Like Herding Cats: Getting Trans People in Church

May 19, 2015

Herding cats might be easier. My friend Candace Chellew-Hodge recently wrote an OpEd piece for Religion Dispatches. The headline read: Pew Confirms LGBT Rejection of Religion: Why That’s a Good Thing. Her piece was in response to the latest Pew Survey from the Pew Research Center, which found LGBT persons have abandoned religion big-time. This was also...

Gender Variance and the Inclusive Power of the Gospel

Gender Variance and the Inclusive Power of the Gospel

Nov 20, 2014

On this solemn day, the 14th Transgender Day of Remembrance, I would like to share this with you… … And the eunuch asked two pregnant questions. A passage that has become very significant to transgender Christians is Acts 8:26-39, the story of Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. The narrator of the story explains how Philip was instructed by an angel...

Paradox = Father’s Day for a Trans Woman

Paradox = Father’s Day for a Trans Woman

Jun 14, 2014

  It seems innocent enough, to have a day to celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. If one’s relationship with their father was a good one, this day of honor will seem completely appropriate and welcomed. If your dad was not deserving of this kind of respect, then this yearly reminder could be extremely painful....

Can I Trust You with a Secret?

Can I Trust You with a Secret?

May 26, 2014

Do you have a secret? How big is it? How do you think people will respond if they find out? It wasn’t always clear to Santiago Salazar that somewhere inside him was a Lisa that would someday—a long time into the future—show herself to the world. After living the first forty eight years of life as Santiago, a married, heterosexual man and father of three...

Lisa’s Take on “Dallas Buyers Club”

Lisa’s Take on “Dallas Buyers Club”

Mar 6, 2014

No, I haven’t seen the movie, Dallas Buyers Club, and I don’t plan to. It’s my wallet that decides what I do these days! But in the mean time, I have been reading the on-going negative commentary about the portrayal of the transgender character “Rayon” from the perspective of the trans* community. What needs to be taken into...

My Highs and Lows of Transgender Advocacy

My Highs and Lows of Transgender Advocacy

Jan 15, 2014

Sometimes I preach to the choir, sometimes to the genuinely curious and sensitive; at other times to hostile skeptics, but often to myself. I had the distinct honor and privilege to do a workshop at this year’s Gay Christian Network Conference (GCN) last weekend. I cannot begin to describe what it is like to be among 700 attendees who have one thing in...

Hope for a Dysfunctional Christmas Homecoming

Hope for a Dysfunctional Christmas Homecoming

Dec 21, 2013

Have you ever considered the irony in the Christmas story with respect to family? Luke tells us “a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David, called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the...

The Power of the Paradigm-Shifting Gospel

The Power of the Paradigm-Shifting Gospel

Aug 13, 2013

As a transsexual Christian woman, I can say that when it comes to reconciling our faith to our sexuality, all of us who are LGBTQI have experienced an internalized struggle and fierce debate that would make most people’s dogma run for the hills. Growing up in a time when the word “transgender” did not exist meant that I did not even have the...

Who Made Me the Gender-Role Police?

Who Made Me the Gender-Role Police?

Apr 9, 2013

In a story in The New Yorker magazine titled “About a Boy: Transgender surgery at age sixteen,”  Margaret Talbot talks about how many more females are coming out as transgender now than in the past.  It reflects the amazing progress trans people have made in recent years. But it also made me aware of my own subtle bias about gender-role conformity. My doctors...

Gender Identity is Not a “Behavior” Needing Repentance

Gender Identity is Not a “Behavior” Needing Repentance

Mar 16, 2013

This week, Biola University’s e newsletter has a story titled “Biola develops transgender policy as Cal Baptist lawsuit appears.” The story goes on to explain how a former transgender student at Cal Baptist University (CBU) was suing the university for wrongful expulsion because she was transgender. The university counters that when the...