I’ve written some fun April 1st posts. If I have a moment I’ll come back later and put in some links in case some of my readers are looking for a bit of a laugh.
But now, the sermon:
Yesterday, on Transgender Day of Visibility, this post by a parent captured something important about love and acceptance:
Today is the Transgender Day of Visibility. In honor of that, I'd like to take a moment and reintroduce to you someone I love more than life itself: my child, who is non-binary. They do not identify as either male or female. They feel like something completely outside of the gender norms.
I was not prepared for this, and hadn't considered it a possibility, since just a few years before they came out as non-binary, they were wearing pink and frilly dresses every day. But the thing is, regardless of what I feel, or expect or want for them, my job is to love and support. Not shame or try to change them. They are is perfect as they are. With a family behind them to love and support them, and a Mama Bear who isn't afraid to show her teeth when necessary.
Transgender people exist and always have. Just because you don't like it or understand it or condone it, doesn't make them go away. And in 2022, I am saying that we as a society can no longer accept behavior that endangers the health and wellbeing of our transgender loved ones. They exist, and we are protecting them.
I don’t often respond to things like this, but this time I did.
Yes! This is so beautifully said. I hope your gentle and honest witness helps other parents who struggle with these issues and want to be the best parents for their children that they can be.
If you were to put my feelings about faith into fortune-cookie form it would probably read like this:
Faith - - it’s a journey. I am doing my best and, as to others, I try not to judge.