I’m going to be writing and blogging about trans and gender stuff again over the next couple of months as I get ready for my presentation at Q Denver in April (it’s the 21-23, for anyone who’s interested in attending.)
There’s a lot of ground that I covered on my old blog that I don’t want to have to go over again, so if it’s a conversation that you’re interested in joining you may want to take a look:
I think that there are several key misconceptions about transfolks that fuel that largely negative response. I’d like to briefly treat six of them here.
The Unclean Spirit of Gender Ideology
Sex and Gender
A couple of weeks ago, Ron received an e-mail from someone who was asking about trans people, and who wanted to know whether this is something that we’ll be covering at Spiritual Friendship. We tend to concentrate a lot on the LGB in LGBTQ, but the T, and to a lesser degree the Q, kind of get left out. The reason for this is simple: most of the writers here ID as L, G, or B. We don’t have any trans writers on board yet, and while I consider myself gender-queer that’s not really the same thing.
Neither Man nor Woman
When I started looking at this issue I had a fairly typical traditional conservative Catholic point of view. I believed (and still believe) quite strongly in sexual complementarity, that sexual identity – male or female – matters tremendously in terms of the formation of personality, and that there is a serious theological dimension to the creation of humanity male and female.
The Absurdity of Transgenderism: A Stern But Necessary Critique of The Witherspoon Article
The Witherspoon Institute recently published an article by Carlos D. Flores that bills itself as “a stern but necessary critique” of the “absurdity of transgenderism.” The article attempts to refute the most common defences of trans identities, arguing in particular against the proposed legislation known as “Leelah’s Law” that would attempt to prevent parents from forcing trans kids into therapy to try to correct their gender identity.
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