Tag: religion

Christine’s Journey — Trans and Catholic? My Dinner with the Cardinal

| Jan 7, 2019 | 1 Reply

Many trans people are also people of faith. They often find that their transgender nature keeps them from worshipping as part of the church they were raised in. While the Catholic Pope has made positive statements about how the clergy should deal with transgender people, he has also made statements that indicate the Catholic Church is not a friend to transgender people. On November 29 our contributor Christine Zuba was invited to dinner with Cardinal Joseph Tobin in Newark, New Jersey. This invitation was extended to members of the LGBT community and was an effort by the Cardinal to get advice about how to move the conversation about the Church and LGBT people forward. Christine reports on how that dinner went.

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When Evangelicals Attack

| Sep 25, 2017 | 1 Reply

CHRISTIAN EVANGELICAL LEADERS VICIOUSLY ATTACK THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY Since my last column post, God Made Us This Way, the volume of bigotry has been turned up by Christian conservative, evangelical leaders. The so-called “Nashville Statement,” released on August 29th by 150 evangelical leaders from across the United States, viciously attacks the LGBTQ+ community as immoral. […]

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Spiritually Speaking: God Made Us This Way

| Aug 28, 2017 | 3 Replies

Today we introduce a new contributor to TGForum. Tommie Smith will blog for us on matters of a spiritual and religious nature as they relate to members of the trans community. She begins her blog with us by sharing her views on organized religion and how it affects our culture and what that in turn does to those who are viewed as outsiders. Many of our Christian sects, despite no specific language in the Bible, condemn LGBT people as immoral or mentally ill. Tommie shares her point of view on how to avoid feeling that you are “not right” when they judge.

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Tranny Queer, Queers in Church

| May 1, 2017 | Reply

The past is gone and cannot be accessed again. The future is not yet here and no one knows what it will hold. The present is all that we can affect and be aware of. The Artist D thinks that concerns over the past, the future and the will of God may be holding people back from being who they truly are. She explores that theme in today’s post “Tranny Queer, Queers in Church.”

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Cis Heteros Only Please!

| Jun 13, 2016 | 2 Replies

Despite the fact that the United States of America was founded with the idea that religious freedom was important, so important that keeping church and state separate was written into the first amendment to the Constitution, many today find that their religious beliefs should void the rights of those they feel violate the tenets of their religion. What freedom of religion means is, you can practice or chose not to practice any religion but the government will not be influenced by any religion. But too many now feel that their religion is more important than the governments laws. Today Emily looks at religion and rights.

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I Went Back to Church

| Jul 20, 2015 | 2 Replies

Cate was feeling the need for a spiritual dimension in her life. The “old time” religion just wouldn’t do since all attempts to engage with it resulted in no reply. She looked around a bit and investigated other faith communities. Learn what she found in today’s blog.

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Bruce’s Religion

| Apr 27, 2015 | Reply

For our Christian trans writer Meggan Sommerville the biggest revelation she found in the Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner on ABC was that at one point Jenner mentioned his religion. Learn how that affected Meggan in her post today.

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The Ultimate Act of Revenge

| Feb 2, 2015 | 1 Reply

When people strike out at members of the trans community, whether through violence or scorn and derision, the tendency is to want to seek revenge on them for their ignorance or violent acts. Who hasn’t heard of the murder of a trans woman and thought how great it would be to become and avenging trans superhero, hunt down her killer and exact retribution? Meggan Sommerville has a more Christian way to get revenge.

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Love Versus the Sword

| Dec 8, 2014 | 2 Replies

Too often people on this Earth who claim to be religious and pious are instead intolerant and show bias. The worst of the religious right don’t just condemn LGBT people to Hell for being who they are. They want to put LGBT in Hell by having them executed. This is not just a trait of radical Islamists, or of Christian sects in Africa. Today Meggan Sommerville points to two “ministers” who preach hate.

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Earthly Riches, or Riches of the Spirit?

| Nov 10, 2014 | Reply

Did you see the lottery this last week? Three hundred and twenty-six million dollars is one heck of a jackpot. The Mega Millions lottery will pay the ridiculous amount of money to one winner. IF that person invests those riches wisely, they will be set for life. It probably comes as no surprise that when […]

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Finding a Church Home Means Being Open and Honest

| Oct 13, 2014 | 1 Reply

Meggan Sommerville is “church shopping.” For various reasons her old congregation was no longer meeting all her needs. Today she tells us why she made the decision to find a new church and what her approach to joining a new congregation will be. Meggan feels that honesty about her past is the best policy. You could tell that from the title of her post.

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Reward at the End

| Sep 15, 2014 | Reply

Life can be trying at times. The life of a trans person can be doubly so. Today Meggan Sommerville has some spiritual advice about the journey through life and she illustrates it with a story about her daughter when she was a little girl, and with a quote from St. Paul. How does she bring those things together. Begin your journey to enlightenment by reading Reward at the End.

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TG and The Church

| Aug 18, 2014 | 5 Replies

I have a news flash for you. The Christian church is made up of flawed humans. Big surprise right? I know. I am stating the obvious. But when it comes to understanding the issues that separate the Christian church and the transgender community, this is something that is forgotten on each side of the divide. […]

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Perpetual Change — Rev. Roger Yolanda Mapes

| Feb 11, 2013 | Reply

Yolanda was introduced to readers of Perpetual Change back in 2001 when she fronted a band called The Plastic Family. Since then Pamela DeGroff has featured Rev. Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes several times. Today she talks with Yolanda about her new CD. And more!

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