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First-Ever LGBTQ Religious Children’s Books Now Available!

First-Ever LGBTQ Religious Children’s Books Now Available!

May 16, 2016

LGBTQ-affirming religious books for kids are available for the first time ever with the launch of the Good News Children’s Book Series this spring. Books such as “Faithful Families” remind children that God loves them, no matter what their family looks like — even if they have two mommies or two daddies. “Mr. Grumpy Christian” is for LGBTQ families to...

Transgender. A community love story

Transgender. A community love story

Apr 4, 2016

i open my eyes on the floor of the room the weight of his body crushing through my ribs BOOM BOOM BOOM he fell the thud on the floor as he crushed through my chest. One two three breath breath his mouth filling my lungs his breath sour with sweat… BOOM BOOM BOOM i screamed let me go !!! Once again … the third time … i awoke from my pain hoping...

TDOR 2015: A Malaysian Transwoman’s View

TDOR 2015: A Malaysian Transwoman’s View

Nov 20, 2015

Since 1998, candles are lit throughout the world every 20th November in memory of the violence done to trans* people all over the globe. 2015 happens to be the year of Fallon Fox, Laverne Cox and of course Caitlyn Jenner in the United States — and also a year where transgender related deaths there doubled compared to last year. With such frequent murders,...

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...

What Bruce Jenner’s Interview Says About Privacy—His and Ours

What Bruce Jenner’s Interview Says About Privacy—His and Ours

May 6, 2015

The nail on my little finger is all sparkles: green mostly, but with glints of purple, peach and pink besides. I owe this burst of glitter to Sally Hansen Snow Globe polish, which my wife claims is the rightful domain of six-year-old girls. For me, it’s the first all-out expression of my genderfluid self—or, more precisely, the vibrant woman who lives in my...

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...

Respect — It’s Not That Hard

Respect — It’s Not That Hard

Aug 17, 2014

“You have no idea how important you are to me. I will try and put it into words… I feel more like a woman when I am with you here [on FB] than any other person with the exception of my therapist. I never feel like a split or two people. You have always treated me with the respect of a sister … “ When my trans friend Joy messaged me this,...

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...

Male or Female? Yes.

Male or Female? Yes.

May 15, 2014

  Sarah Gronert  is a 27-year-old retired German tennis player. She won a total of ten titles in her career and made it into the top 200 players in the world. Sarah was also intersex, with both male and female genitalia. She had surgery at the age of 19 to become legally a female. Intricacies of the universe are reason to say, “Hm, what a magnificent...