Understanding Transgender VIII: Coming Together
It would be nice if all my religious beliefs and political views came together in harmonious watermelon crunch. There is much more information about LGBT that needs discussing. My research barely skims the surface. LGBT rights are progressing and thankfully is no longer a hush-hush topic. The web links provided in this document show that religious institutions are becoming more aware and sensitive to the diversities of their congregations.
Why would I care about the LGBT community? Because their rates of suicide, victims of bullying and depression are high. LGBT children who are accepted by their parents are less likely to be self-destructive (Dohrenwend,141). They are my brothers and sisters. I care for them and their happiness. They have their journey and I am but yet a personage who will either help them or hinder them in their happiness. America is supposed to be a place where all people are allowed freedoms. Many people have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom. When Joseph Smith was Prophet of the LDS church, Mormons struggled to find a place they could live their beliefs. Joseph’s life was taken because he was a seeker of truth. I give back the same generosity that has been bestowed upon us (me) and allow whomever the right to, or not to believe what they choose.
Why do we need to learn about Transgender? Recently I spoke briefly with a religious leader about this topic. His demeanor was respectful, but yet at the same time he seemed aloof to my interest. Maybe his detachment was because of his generations above me. But age aside, I’m guessing the number of people who do feel connected towards Transgender is less than the ones who don’t. I felt like telling this person, Haven’t you even let your mind ponder the idea? What if all this ‘gender’ business is because our eyes are not yet opened…and they need to be. Compassion has widened the walls of my heart. Having more knowledge about gender helps me know myself better. Knowing more about the masculine brain helps me better understand my husband and males in general. I am glad to have allowed my mind to go through this process and will allow it to continue…
Inspiring non-religious devotional-
Russell Brand-Awakened Man
Here are the resources that helped me with Coming to Understand Transgender
- The movie Transamerica http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407265/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
- Lana Wachowski https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crHHycz7T_c
- Affirmations LGBT Mormons families and friends http://affirmation.org/teens/for-strength-of-Gay-youth/
- A Transgender who holds the Priesthood, but wants to attend Relief Society. http://www.good4utah.com/story/openly-Transgendered-mormon-woman-attends-priesthood/d/story/GqRleCXdFkOfQj1WWk6Fjw
- The Welcoming Church Movement http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Transgender+mormons&qpvt=Transgender+mormons&FORM=VDRE#view=detail&mid=E6ECEACE01439E3AB882E6ECEACE01439E3AB882
- Coming Around by Anne Dohrenwend, PhD, ABPP
- The Right to Be Out by Stuart Biegel
- Why Gender Matters,Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.