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gennee
I write for an online magazine that ministers to the transgender community. The main reason I contribute to it is to share with transgender people that God loves them. As a transgender person I know with certainty that He does.

I am perturbed by the way some 'Christians' use the bible to demean and belittle lgbt folks. I put 'Christians' in quotes because if a person truly has the spirit of Christ this certainly would be something they wouldn't do. I'm concerned that many reject God, church, and the bible because of some of the mistreatment perpetrated on lgbtqi people by the church.

Transgender people have fared worse. Many were executed as witches in the beginning decades of the American nation. Transgender people are fired from their jobs, kicked out of their homes, and do not receive proper medicare care because of their identity. Many of the transgender people murdered are women of color.The church should be the first place transgender person could go to be refreshed spiritually. Sadly this is not the case in many places of worship.

I have read and studied scriptures for 36 years. Nowhere does it say that being transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or intersex is an abomination. Nowhere does it say that you have to be straight to be saved. God calls all people into His kingdom. Your gender and sexual identity is part of who you are. I research, read, and pray over what I wish to convey. Your spiritual well being is just as important as your physical and emotional well being.

When I came out as transgender, God embraced me as His child. He knew I would come out. He knows that you would be who you are before you were born. God has used all kinds of people to glorify His name and advanced His kingdom. You are precious in His sight.

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Colour_Butterfly
new_kinda_freak
Hey everyone,

A very happy new year to you all!

My name is Imogen, I live in Cambridge UK. I was born female and am happy with my body but consider my self Gender Queer. I came out as gay at 14 (nearly wrote 144!!) and have been with my partner for a number of years now.

I am a photography student in Cambridge and I am just about to go into the final term of my 3rd year. I have covered quite a few topics over the last three years including self harm, mental health, eating disorders and physical disability. You can see some of my work here: Flickr or my own web site here: Indigo Clouds Photography

This term I want to do a project surrounding 'Gender Queer' and 'Transsexuality'. So I am looking for people who might want to be involved in the project. I will be hoping to photograph a few aspects of the topic including things like: following someone through aspects of their transition, photographing people with their families, following people to Dr's appointments, visiting and photographing both home & work, doing some studio shots (including partners, with/with out make up, in underwear etc) .. For helping me out you would get a copy of your images on a disk, a copy of your favorite 5 printed up to A2 and many many thank yous from me!

Having dealt with subjects that are often unknown to family members or friends I am more than happy for people to remain anonymous. As you can see from my self harm images most participants don't have their face in the images. I would like for some of those who wish to take part to be able to have their face in the images, purely due to the nature of the project.

I don't have any money to pay those who take part but I could help with travel costs if people are on a low income and I am more than happy to provide accommodation in the form of the sofa in my front room!

Please feel free to contact me with questions, anything you might like to know. Also, feel free to pass this post onto friends who might not see it on LJ or even to other communities. I would also like people to take part in a survey that will be part of the final project so if you would like to receive that you can get in touch.

Finally, during previous projects people have contacted me suggesting that aspects of the project might be highlighting the 'wrong' parts of the issues. I warmly welcome this contact and can only understand the subject to a point with out this source of information.

My contact details:

E mail - Imogen.Jo@Gmail.com
Mobile - 0754 99 33 030
LJ - New_Kinda_Freak

Thank you for reading,
Kind Regards,

Imogen May
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Did Obama Team Play us On Bishop Robinson?
queerunity
During the inauguration kick off party at the Lincoln Memorial, openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of the Diocese of NH gave the opening prayer.

The problem is it was not televised by HBO or NPR and there were 'technical difficulties' making it nearly impossible for the crowd of 500,000 to hear a word.

Demand to know why Bishop Robinson was part of the "pre-show" and therefore not taped.

More info and contact info at http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/01/did-obama-team-play-us-over-bishop.html
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xxrunxforxfunxx
I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Jenny, and I'm 19 years old.  I have been Catholic my entire life and i have gone through the catholic school system up until college.  I live in the "christian" housing on my campus, and I thoroughly enjoy every second of it except for one little "religious" organization but other than that I haven't had many problems with christians.  I think I had more of a hard time accepting myself than other people have.  It took me a very long time to sort out my feelings for women because of how i was raised in the church.  My religion was telling me something that no one else was. My parents have always been very accepting and open to everyone, and taught me to love everyone.

But thats my intro, I hope everyone is well, and I look forward to talking/meeting everyone :)  
~Jenny

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volcomgirl5
Hey everyone! I'm new here. My name is Danielle, I'm 18, from WV. I was raised in a Methodist church that is home to several gays. I have thanked God for this many many times. I'm very lucky.

Unfortunately, I went to Christian school in middle school, which did significant damage to my brain. It was the first place I learned that homosexuality is not accepted everywhere. I struggle with my sexuality a lot because of this. How have you learned to deal with Christians and with homosexuality?

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trannyboy80
Hello,
My name's Brendan, I'm 28 and I'm a Female to Male transsexual. I'm new to this community and I'm new to Christianity. It took a long time for me to reconcile my faith with being a transsexual. It's wonderful to see a community for GLBT Christians.

God bless you all!
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anchoredbyhope
I've looked at this community before in the past, but never joined it. It's not until now that I feel a bit lonely and I could use some support and conversation.

I'm 22, Catholic, and bisexual. I love my faith and I'm fine with my orientation. I feel like I'm in an odd position. I'm bisexual and I'm attracted to men more, so I come off as straight to most people. Though I can picture myself marrying a women, I don't find that many attractive- maybe I'm just picky. I'm out to my close friends and coworkers. I work in a busy store in my hometown, so I'm always afraid that people from my parish will overhear something. I'm very active at my church- I teach Sunday school and help out with high school retreats, help out the sacristans, and have a friendly relationship with my pastor. I love my parish like it's my home.

I've always wanted to study theology or ministry and get a Catholic oriented job, like teaching theology at a Catholic school or being a youth minister, or something where I'm constantly surrounded by my faith. I feel like I'll have to be in the closet to make that happen. That's why I'm still reserved about my orientation.

Another issue that I have is with dating. When I've gone on dates with guys I obviously don't give them the impression that I'm attracted to women. I feel like Christian guys will be very taken back by that if they ever find out and wouldn't want to date someone who is bisexual because they won't understand. That's a fear that I always have on my mind when I meet good, holy Christian men. In terms of women, I can never find any gay Christian women! So finding women who are accepting of my faith is hard. It's a constant struggle. It sucks, because when I think about my future I just want to marry someone (it could be 20 years from now!) who is accepting of me and my faith and will want to grow in our faith and want to raise some awesome Christian children.

I thought of joining a few Catholic gay support groups a close by parishes- hoping they are positive support groups, but I'm afraid I'd be labeled a lesbian among my Catholic peers. I shouldn't care, but what if that ever blocks me crossing paths with a man that I'm meant to be with.

Usually, I try not to care about this stuff too much because it bums me out, but it's been on my mind. Does anyone else have a similar situation? Or just have a comment?

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MERRY CHRISTMAS



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Diversity Lesson 101: LGBT/Queer Little People
queerunity
Little People like LGBT people are considered "freaks of nature", they get stares and people misunderstand them. In looking for resources for Little LGBT People, I found virtually nothing. I decided, to make an entry to educate people about little people as well as provide as much info as I can for LGBT Little People. It is my sincere hope that LGBT Little People can find solace, comfort and community and that they can begin to network and build a foundation and support system for their own sub-section of the community.

For more info and resources on LGBT Little People, check out:
http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2008/12/diversity-lesson-101-lgbtqueer-little.html

Gay Movies
nightfun
What are some good gay movies out their? I have found it hard to find some good solid films to watch even when searching online. Very few websites like LOGOonline show movies at all. But I'm looken for more. So If perhaps by sheer luck and circumstance and happy fortune someone would be oh oh oh so kind and gimme some titles or at least a website(s) that list more. I would be greatly and very appreciative!!!! :-)

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