Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sickness

Haven't been here in days because I was bedridden for several days with a very bad allergy.  Couldn't read or write because my head was hurting and eyes were watering like a river. I'm feeling better now and will be getting up to snuff very soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Joyful

Today was a mild and sunny Sunday. Services at church was good. People complimented my wife and me on our attire. Later in the day we strolled home to our residence. 

As I lie in bed taking rest, tears of joy swept through me. I thought about all my friends who have helped me through the years. I thought about the acceptance I have received from my church family as a transgender person. I though about the transgender women I see at or bimonthly meetings. I was happy to see a transitioning woman come back to church after many months. I offered condolences to a church member who lost his father. I thought about all the struggles I've had and still live life in a positive way. 

Pride month is coming up in two weeks and I pray that many of my TGLBQ brothers and sisters will remember where they come and be proud of who they are. Yes, there are struggles and stresses but I wouldn't change anything that has happened in my life. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Genevieve's Gems

If your neighbor has a completely different view on abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, all of those things, you still are both Americans. Neither one of you is necessarily more patriotic than the other. Neither loves their country any more than the other one does.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Love My Brother and Sister; Partiality Is Unchristian

I host a weekly internet radio show about the bible from a transgender perspective. The past two programs have dealt with loving God but hating a brother or sister and the warning against partiality. How someone can say that they love God and hate their brother or sister is an oxymoron. Showing partiality is akin to hate. Someone will treat one person one way because they are rich or look or think like them, while they will show disdain and disrespect to another person because they are a different race, socioeconomic status, thinks outside the box. This is one of the reasons, I believe that many TGLBQ people are turned off by religion and church.

With transgender issues coming to the fore, that some people's love is being put to the test. Some  will say that I need to pray more because I'm a sinner. Or that I will damage the minds of children. Or that I'm a pervert. Christ died for me also. He created me the way I am. He has affirmed me as His transgender child. I find myself wanting to speak to groups and churches and share my story. 

There's a lot to do in the church reading TGLBQ topics. I wonder if the people who sit in the pews spewing their hate ever thought that there could be a transgender person sitting next to them or that your daughter could be lesbian. I wonder if they ever thought that everything their profession of loving God falls hollow simply by their actions. 

This topic has been on my mind the past few weeks. Many things are changing right before my eyes. I want to be a part of that change. Above all, I will love my brother and sister as Christ loved me. 

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Friday, May 08, 2015

GENEVIEVE'S GEMS

HONOR YOUR MOTHER 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR.

Thoughts About Mothers

As we pay homage to our mothers this Sunday, I think about the many hats that moms undertakes. Doctor. Teacher. Cook. Psychologist. She comforts us when we hurt and rejoices with us when something  good happens. She has faith that we can be anything that we want to be. My mom, who left this world in 2001, never ever let me quit on myself. This is her greatest legacy passed on to me.

I sometimes wonder if she knew that I was transgender. I didn't know that I was until a few years later. Perhaps the fact that I liked flowers and color pink may have given her an inkling of my gender variance. I only wish that she would have met Genevieve because I believe that she would have loved her. She probably knew that I could travel this journey. Mom probably saw something in me that I would discover much later. I'm grateful that she had the faith in me that I could traverse this road. Thank you, mom, for challenging me and encouraging me through thick and thin.




HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS 

Thursday, May 07, 2015

We Are Christ's Children Too

Today the need did my weekly internet radio show about the God's command to love our brothers and sisters. I am very perturbed when I hear Christians who say they love God and love Jesus vilify and demean TGLBQ people just because of who they are. 

I wonder if these same people ever stop to realize that they could be Christians that love God and Jesus who are transgender,gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or gender variant sitting in the seat next to them. I know of born again Christians who were ask to their places of worship just because of who they were. 

With the increased visibility of transgender and gender variant persons, I believe that some people's love is being put to the test. Do they really love God or do they have call I would call 'cultural Christianity?' Dr. Martin Luther King was correct when he said that the most segregated hour is Sunday morning service. For professing Christians it shouldn't be this way. 

This is an exciting time in our history as many places and institutions are discussing subjects like transgender rights and non discrimination policies. Transgender people have always existed and for someone to say that we are deviant and evil and mistakes is cruel and erroneous. There have been too many of us who have died because we were open and honest about who we were. The world is looking for authenticity,not the cookie cutter model presented by society.

I pray that hearts and minds will be changed during this exciting time.I thank God for the many places of worship who are open and affirming of TGLBQ people.I pray that more more will be. In the meanwhile, get to know the gay person or the transgender woman in your congregation. Let my lesbian sisters be a part of the ministry, Above all, let us love God and ALL those who enter our doors.