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Discussion A Success
gennee wrote in homos4god
Last night I discussed transgender and Christianity with my bible fellowship group. It was an overwhelming success. There were many questions asked and I was able to answer them to the best of my knowledge.

I opened up the discussion defining the many transgender terms. I explained that 'transgender' is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression differs from their birth sex. I mentioned that the term may include transsexuals, crossdressers, gender queer, gender non-conforming and other gender-variant people.

I had the most questions about transition and Gender Identity Disorder. I explained that transitioning is a complex prcedure that occurs over a long period of time. I shared that not all transgender choose to have Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS).

I was able to explain what Gender Identity Disorder is and the current controversy with the medical and psychological establishments about changing the present prognosis that is used.

I shared the events of my life that led to discovering that I was a crossdresser and a transgender person. I shared that a person can be Christian and transgender because God doesn't show any favoritism.

The discussion was a huge success and eyes and minds were opened. I pray that I can do this at other places.


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One thing I'm learning in my experience with people, especially Christians, is that arguing scripture or alternative Bible studies in the subject of sexual orientation and gender identity, only go so far. Sometimes it does nothing except put the walls up higher. But if they can talk with an individual, get their personal story, put themselves in their place... And really, Christians have that extra affinity for being empathetic if given half a chance. Gennee has found that place, that atmosphere conducive to each relating to the other.

Any mention of alternative interpretation of scripture can seem like an attack, and there's the fail-safe that kicks, and they feel they must endure to the end to show themselves faithful, and they don't even hear what you're saying anymore. They have to begin to see it themselves and become receptive to hearing alternative views and begin to ask the questions - then it's time to bring out the scriptural evidence. Until then, personal testimonials, relating how you feel deep down, the good and the bad times, and throughout it all ,relating your faith and where God has brought you, that's worth more than gold.

I understand the traditional way of thinking completely, because I used to be there.

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