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Mama Bear God

Mama Bear God

May 16, 2017

For some families, Mother’s Day is fun and frivolous, with kids’ homemade attempts at breakfast or heartfelt crafts. It may be bitter and resentful, with more empty wishes or regrets than actual memories. It  may be the apex  of celebration – like for my friends who on Friday finalized adoption of their twin boys. But the holiday may also be gut wrenching, for...

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...

Family Research Council uses Deception and Junk Science to Bolster Anti-Transgender Policies

Family Research Council uses Deception and Junk Science to Bolster Anti-Transgender Policies

Aug 10, 2015

The right-wing Family Research Council (FRC) recently published a position paper to critique and describe the transgender movement and ideology as they perceive it (June 19, 2015). The opening sentences of “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement” pronounce, “In recent decades, there has been an assault on the sexes.” This is only the beginning...

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...

Self-denial is not about denying who we are. It’s about following Divine Love.

Self-denial is not about denying who we are. It’s about following Divine Love.

Feb 18, 2015

Hang out for three days with 1,300 people like yourself, and—if you’re a writer, at least—it’s interesting to hear what words keep coming up. Over the long weekend at January’s Gay Christian Network conference, I shared a meal with companions from several of my worlds: trans/nonbinary people, Episcopalians, bridge builders across hot-button divides. I took part...

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...

A Transwoman’s Coming of Age in Malaysia

A Transwoman’s Coming of Age in Malaysia

Oct 31, 2014

  At 38 years old, Vivienne is a completely different person than she was many years ago. She is comfortable with herself, happy, and surrounded by friends who love her. She enjoys the freedom to live and do the things she loves without fear. But as a transwoman, she had to build that life for herself.  She chose to make her life not just normal, but...

What Are Biblical Values?

What Are Biblical Values?

Aug 27, 2014

Title IX protection of transgender students on college campuses is clashing with Christian colleges’ right to religious expression. What to do? How do we accommodate trans students and protect these colleges’ values? It’s a huge question, and it’s not going away. This Huffington Post piece gives an overview of the battle in many...