How We Define Things is Important
Look, currently we have the LGBTQ acronym to describe a group of people. This website and my thoughts DO NOT try to embrace all that you might think. I can’t. I can only speak based on my own specific experience. Part of the problem I see in our society today is that there are all kinds of people speaking on behalf of people that they truly don’t have any relationship with, either personally or experientially.
Here is what I can speak to and claim no knowledge of in any other area: I was born with a male body. My mind, my soul has been for as long as I can remember that of a girl (female, woman – pick whatever term works for you.) Growing up in a conservative family and church I never told it to anyone. As I got older, the more I tried to be “who I was supposed to be” according to the people around me, the closer I got to wanting to commit suicide.
I don’t claim to speak for those who are gay, those who are bi-sexual – for starters those are about your sexuality (who you’re attracted to) and NOT your identity (WHO you are.) I can’t even claim to speak for all those who say they are transgender. Especially among some who are in their teens, it can just be part of that rebellious phase common with all teens. I’m not saying all teens are that way, certainly I WAS a teen with this issue, just in my day it wasn’t something you said.
So I claim NO expertise or special knowledge about the other areas within what’s commonly known as the LGBTQ community. The only reason I see all these different issues coming under one tent is for political purposes – strength in numbers, even though they are really as different as night and day. I’ve never identified myself as part of that “community”, and I see what you see in the news that comes from that “community”, and am probably as appalled as you and in my case ashamed to see what sometimes comes out of the community it, because people like yourself may just lump people who are transgender like me into that crowd – and THAT’S the battle I’m fighting here. I just want to provide my honest opinion, based on my experiences and what I’ve learned along the way. I think God has brought me to this place to be a voice of reason and honesty to whomever it may help. I DON’T have all the answers. Along the way I’m sure I’ll upset some in the LGTBQ community and I KNOW I’ll upset those who consider themselves to be conservative evangelical Christians. Thank the Lord I now know WHY he allowed me to be born as I was and that he has given me a place to hopefully help other Christians either in a situation like mine or wanting to better understand those born in this “special” way. That’s my prayer for you.