Christianity and Gender

I was looking through news articles this morning, just trying to see the areas affected by Hurricane Irma. Then I happened upon this article http://news.sky.com/story/boy-taken-out-of-school-after-another-boy-wears-a-dress-11030747 . In summation, a “Christian” couple took their son out of school because another “boy” was wearing a dress in school. This couples son was exhausted at the end of each school day, unable to play or I don’t know work in a coal mine, what have you. These children are 6 years old by the way.

First, let’s address the fact that there was really no such thing as boy’s clothes before the middle of the 18th century, boys wore dresses. In some places, including the US, boys still wore dresses until the 1920’s. No old testament crisis until after the 1920’s? Or is it only when it’s a trans girl that wearing a dress becomes a problem? Aside from historical reference, why does anyone care what another person is wearing? What does it all mean to anyone else that a 6 year old “boy” says they are a girl part of the time? Is it up to this child to make another child feel better by hiding who they are? The real issue is of course firmly in the lap of the person(s) who has a problem with anyone wearing any clothing they bloody well want or identifying as any gender.

Why does it matter that this is a “Christian” couple in the article? There is nothing in the bible against being transgender, it says in Deuteronomy 22:5 that women should wear women’s clothes and men should wear men’s clothes. I don’t think I need to remind anyone that trans women are women, and trans men are men. Also, this is the old testament we are talking about, which forbids many things, such as mating different kinds of animals. planting two kinds of seed in a field, or wearing clothing woven of two kinds of material. Have we stoned anyone for these offenses lately? Most of the old testament no longer applies to Christians, though it seems that many intolerant people like to pull from the bible their favorite old testament scriptures in an attempt to exclude others.

I was brought up southern Baptist, I was baptized and everything. I grew up believing that though God loved you, he would send you to hell for any number of things that my grandmother didn’t like. It was fun trying to reconcile my feelings for boys while also knowing I wasn’t really a boy, all this and living under the eyes of Gods wrath that was my grandmother. I’m not a religious person, not since I was a child. I have always felt closer to hard facts and science than something that wasn’t measurable and relied on faith. I do envy those who can believe in something so deeply, something I have never felt other than love. I don’t begrudge anyone their beliefs, so long as they don’t use it to try to justify their ignorance or intolerance or phobias. You can be a Christian and be homosexual, you can be transgender and you can play in a rock band. Christianity is more than following a set of old rules in the bible, it’s about having faith. If God loves everyone, he won’t turn away those who seek him. And if God truly loves and is love, then he doesn’t place conditions on that love, like first pretend to be straight, or pretend to be a certain gender. God will accept you just as you are.

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