Leelah Alcorn and Evangelical Storytelling

Leelah Alcorn

Over the past week, I have processed Leelah Alcorn's death as yet one more tragic story of what can happen when transgender teens are denied access to the care they need. Leelah's parents were conservative evangelical Christians, and when Leelah told them at age 14 that she was transgender, they responded very badly. Leelah tried coming out as gay instead in order to ease people into it, but her parents responded by cutting her off from her support network, opting to homeschool her. On December 2 … [Read more...]

On the Duggars and the Locus of Outrage

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I recently received the following email:Hi Libby Anne, I’m a long-time reader of your blog, so I know you occasionally write about the Duggar family. Well, recently I heard about a fairly popular petition to get the show “19 Kids and Counting” cancelled. Maybe you have also heard this, but if not, here is one news story about it: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/thousands-petition-against-19-kids-and-counting-for-lgbtq-fear-mongering/ Supposedly, this was due to comments they made against gay m … [Read more...]

Ebola, Diseases, and the Undesirables

Reagan

Am I the only one who noticed that Americans didn't care about ebola until there was actually the threat of people here in the U.S. catching it? For most of the summer there was little focus or interest in it at all, and I suspect most Americans processed it in the way they might another drought in the Sudan. I followed it because when I first heard of ebola some years ago it made a huge impression on me, and became my go-to bogey disease. But everyone else didn't seem to pay much at … [Read more...]

Ken Ham Says Gender Must Be Taught, But Is Not a Social Construct

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Oh, Ken Ham. Today we'll look at a recent article of his titled "Boy, Girl, or 'Purple Penguin'?" In it he addresses gender and trans issues and is very insistent that gender must be taught---but that it is not a social construct.According to news reports (including on Fox News yesterday), a school district in Lincoln, Nebraska has recently given its teachers a handout to promote gender inclusiveness in their classrooms. This handout encourages teachers to stop referring to students as “gi … [Read more...]

There Is Usually More to the Story, Houston Edition

HERO

If you're anything like me, your news feed exploded a couple of days ago with articles on right-wing news sites alleging that the oft foretold persecution of anti-gay Christians has begun in Houston. It seems the Mayor of Houston issued subpoenas for the sermons of five anti-gay pastors. Censorship! Persecution! The criminalization of anti-gay speech! Or was it? What exactly is going on here?The Houston City Council approved an anti-discrimination ordinance, Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, la … [Read more...]

On Transgender Men and “Living Life As a Woman”

Transgender

In my post earlier today, I wrote the following: If you are a non-transgender man, please understand that you have no experience living life as a woman. An exchange took place in the comments that is worth highlighting.First, reader Isaac had this to say:Re: Trans men having lived experience "as women"---I think this can be somewhat true, but it's an idea to apply carefully and lightly. Each trans man has a different experience in which he may experience more or less misogyny directed … [Read more...]

Has Gay Marriage Harmed this Writer and Her Children?

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I recently came upon an article titled "Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me---and Our Children." I was intrigued, because I often hear or read that allowing gay and lesbian individuals to marry harms opposite-sex marriage, but I rarely find any case made for what that harm actually looks like, or how it is caused. The article, by a woman named Janna Darnelle, begins like this:Every time a new state redefines marriage, the news is full of happy stories of gay and … [Read more...]


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