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Pride and Promises

Pride and Promises

Rainbows are everywhere; literally. Even when we can’t see them the colors from the entire spectrum lurk in the light that flies by us as we walk through the day. Sometimes that light passes through a device of some sort – a cloud, a drop of water, a cut glass or a crystal prism – and allows us to enjoy a display of color only nature could paint. Sometimes that painting is adopted as a symbol or illustration of a…

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7 Things I’m Learning From a Pastor Who Cared Enough to Learn 7 Things About Me

7 Things I’m Learning From a Pastor Who Cared Enough to Learn 7 Things About Me

Note: I’ve been holding off posting this. A question has been eating at me in light of our current cultural climate here in the US: Is this really the time for a white person to honor and elevate other white people? Left with that criteria alone, I kept coming up with a resounding “No”! I actually tried to remove the ethnic labels completely, but it watered down my actual experience. This article isn’t just about ethnicity, it is about recognizing my…

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One God, One People

One God, One People

I just read an article in the Washington Post about the conflicts between Christian religious sects over territorial and sacramental claims concerning a The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Ironically, as the article points out, the gate and key keepers of the church since the 12th century have been two muslim families – assigned to the task to help keep the peace among the Christians. I also read another Post article about Jen Hatmaker, Lifeway Christian stores and the backlash over…

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The Unruining

The Unruining

There was a quiet buzz emanating from an oddly sacred hall. I sat on a table with my ankle bared and laid in the hands of a talented stranger having asked him to leave a lasting mark. “Unruined” No longer ruined. Even in the months after the ink had healed, I contemplated all the ways the statement represented truth to me. I was ruined in my own mind by abuse and divorce and business failures and physical short-comings and mental…

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A Bomb On the Porch; A Bomb From the Pulpit

A Bomb On the Porch; A Bomb From the Pulpit

A pastor in Sacramento… A preacher in Fort Worth… Both, along with too many others, are calling for the death via execution of LGBT Americans. Praying that the survivors of the Orlando shooting, still fighting for their lives, will die. One even going as far as to criticize the shooter for “not finishing the job” and killing more people in the club that night. All while standing in the shadow of a cross and leaning in to the authority they claim in…

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An Open Letter to ABC and George Stephanopoulos

An Open Letter to ABC and George Stephanopoulos

In the aftermath of the horrific events that played out in Orlando last weekend as well as in mainstream and social media outlets in the days since, it’s not surprising that the airwaves this coming weekend are going to be stacked with talking heads seeking to offer guidance and direction in these turbulent times. One of the things that make America what it is as a nation is the freedom of access we have to opinions and information from a…

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The Day the Church Stood Still

The Day the Church Stood Still

  If you gathered in a faith community this week to publicly mourn the terrorist attack in Orlando, this post is not about you. If you were able to post in social media threads without qualifying your thoughts about what you can or cannot endorse or agree with, then what I have to say won’t come as a surprise to you. If you can talk with LGBTQ or Latinx friends and withhold any compulsion to offer your opinion about how…

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Why Pride?

Why Pride?

It’s been a while since I posted. That can be partly blamed on the time of year. School has been wrapping up for both me and the kids. Banquets, parties and exams have dominated the landscape of our calendars. I can also look at the recent tone of social media as a cause of my absence. The conversations, memes, threats and ignorance levied at the transgender community has been frustrating. In truth it’s made me angry. For those of us…

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Dear Family Research Counsel: I Call Bulls#!t

Dear Family Research Counsel: I Call Bulls#!t

Let me make something very clear. I solidly identify as a follower of Christ. I hold the scripture in high regard. I also identify as a transgender woman. I affirmed that identity after decades of work, training and service in conservative schools, churches and ministries as well as years and years of counseling to “manage” the dysphoria. That affirmation also came after being being pushed to the brink of suicide over the depression and anxiety that comes with an inconsistent…

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Introducing Trans 101

Introducing Trans 101

The major motivation for migrating the blog to a new space was to have the flexibility of adding more pages. Many of you have requested a resource where you can refer friends (or foes) to learn a little more about what it means (and does not mean) to be transgender. Introducing Trans 101 This is still a work in progress, but there is already a good bit of information published there. I’ll keep working on it the days and weeks…

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