Friday, October 9, 2015

Dear Christians: Here's how to ACTUALLY love transgender people

"Transgender rights are human rights." Image source.
On October 5, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors held a conference called "Transgender Confusion and Transformational Christianity" [huge TRIGGER WARNING for nasty trans-hate at that link]. Jo, a non-binary trans person, went to the conference and tweeted all about it. (Poor Jo.)

And basically, the whole thing was about how transgender people are wrong about their identity, and conservative Christians know that transgender isn't even a real thing, and Christians should love transgender people by explaining to them why they are wrong about their own identity. Oh yeah, and also by spreading lies about them, and discriminating against them.

Yeah, no. That's not what love is.

If you want to actually love transgender people, you need to LISTEN to them and BELIEVE them when they talk about their own experiences, their own identity, their own needs.

(Maybe you're not convinced that you need to believe them. Okay, yeah, that's where I was, a few years ago. I was very much in the "this is wrong, but Christians should still love them- hate the sin, love the sinner" camp. If that's where you are, you gotta at least believe that love means listening to people instead of just buying into stereotypes about them. So please, listen and have a heart. God gave you a conscience, and I hope that you can hear God's voice in the voices of transgender people.)

So, to that end, I've collected a ton of links and resources created by, or heavily featuring the voices of, actual transgender people.

First, some basic information about transgender issues:
Transgender FAQ
10 Things You Need To Know About Transgender People, by Jazz Jennings  [video]
Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression
Trans Etiquette 101: No Offense, But That’s Offensive
13 Myths and Misconceptions About Trans Women: Part One and Part Two
Resources for parents
Debunking Myth #2: Transgender people are confused

Here are some personal stories from transgender people:
Life as Sara: What it's like to be a transgender woman when you’re not Caitlyn Jenner
The Courage of Being Transgender in Public
Rob's story

And guess what, transgender Christians exist:
Living authentically as a transgender priest in the Christian Church
Ask a transgender Christian

Posts about the intersection of transgender issues and Christianity:
God Calls Caitlyn By Name
Transgender and Christian: Reimagining Genesis 1 [video]
To Grieving Christian Parents of a Transgender Person
Queer Theology

Some posts about the discrimination and hate that transgender people face:

About hate:

About anti-trans violence:
Someone Tell Me That I’ll Live: On Murder, Media, and Being a Trans Woman in 2015
16 Trans People (That We Know Of) Have Been Murdered this Year
Gender-Based Violence Against Trans Women Claims More Lives
It's Incredibly Scary to Be a Transgender Woman of Color Right Now

About depression and suicide:
Transgender people face alarmingly high risk of suicide
Transgender Suicide Attempt Rates Are Staggering
Transgender teen struck and killed on Ohio interstate in apparent suicide

About getting medical care:
End healthcare discrimination for transgender people
What the Affordable Care Act Means for Transgender People
Transgender people face maze of difficulties with health insurance, doctors
This Transgender Man's ER Story Will Horrify You
Paul McHugh is wrong: transitioning is effective [video]

About employment discrimination:
Fired for Being Trans
Barnes & Noble is latest retailer to face transgender discrimination lawsuit

About bathrooms and locker rooms:
Transgender women in women's restrooms: A purely imagined harm  [video]
The right to pee in peace: How do we design a trans-sensitive bathroom?
Bathrooms, Sports, and Pronouns: How Transgender Students Are Navigating School Discrimination

Transgender Rights
Transgender Woman Humiliated When TSA's Scan Flags 'Anomaly'
John Oliver episode on transgender rights

And guess what, other genders exist besides "man" and "woman":
Gender Wiki: Non-binary
Too Queer for Your Binary: Everything You Need to Know and More About Non-Binary Identities

To find out more, you can check out these trans bloggers/activists who have written/ made videos about everything related to being transgender:
Zinnia Jones
Natalie Reed
Ryan Sallans
The Catholic Transgender

Readers, any more useful links you know of?

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