Because I’m Transgender, The Boy Scouts And Our Country

​The polarization of this country is devolving us into an “Us versus Them” society that is such a shame to watch. It turns my stomach as the basic premise is rarely found anymore: we are all Americans in this together.

You’d think the church at large and politicians who associate those churches and powerful non-for-profit entities would want freedom for all in this country. That whey would desire to see us at a country of people coming together to work out differences. But instead they want the opposite: to eradicate and control others that don’t conform to their ideals. This toxic mix of legalistic religion, big money, and politics has made me a villain in their pulpits and election platforms, all because I am transgender.

After reading numerous comments on social media regarding the recent policy decision of the Boy Scouts of America to allow transgender boys into their troops, I am struck by how many people are venomous in their view of us, scared, frightened, filled with fear of anything LGBT and completely off-base many are with their rigid, legalistic thinking.

Many of the comments are so dripping in fear that it’s no surprise these people reject anything but people of their own ilk. Including and especially by being anywhere in the LGBT spectrum means we are not worthy to be in their presence. Yet these same people shout that they have morality on their side while I do not, because I’m transgender.

What I found in those comments on social media regarding the BSA policy change was that we have a long way to go to educate people on what being transgender actually means.

In response to all those comments regarding the BSA story, here’s what it really means to be transgender in this country: 

I have not suddenly ‘gone liberal’ if I am transgender.

I am not part of some evil agenda against this country because I am transgender.

I do not pose a threat to Boy Scouts. And if my child was transgender, they would not pose a threat to the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts either.

You mock me, insist I cannot be saved unto Jesus because I’m transgender.

You talk down to me, purposely calling me sir, he, because I’m transgender.

You say that parents who put their trans kids in Boy Scouts are guilty of child abuse, all because their kids are transgender.

You insist you would pull your kid out of Boy Scouts if you found out a transgender boy in your troop.

You claim we are delusional and mentally sick, all because we are transgender.

…that includes that boy in the Boy Scout troop you just pulled your kid out of.
…that also includes the parents of the boy in the Boy Scout troop you just pulled your kid out of.
You treat me like I’m less of a citizen because I have a “sickness” because I’m transgender.

You say I don’t need special rights because I’m transgender.

Can you be fired for being heterosexual? Of course not. But I can be fired for being transgender.

We are trying to pay the bills, just like you. Yet you don’t want to be around “freaks”, as you call us, because we are transgender.

You ridicule churches who embrace God’s true love and grace, you quickly label them  as “heretical”, “of the devil”, and “backslidden”.  They threw away your toxic, legal, fear-based view of scripture.  Then you move on, all because they have and love gay or transgender members.

You see us as political hot potatoes, as your church project to “cure” us, and just another reason to separate yourselves from ‘evil’ LGBT people, all because we are transgender.

You claim we are unfit to serve in the military, even though many transgender people proudly serve this great country in the military, because we transgender.

You view us as gross, perverse, second-class snowflakes and a threat to your life and this country, because we are transgender.

The “evil LGBT agenda” does not exist. It’s a talking point to make you fearful so that you vote for these same politicians that divide America each election cycle. It works, you’ve been duped. We are their political pawns in their chess game, because we are transgender.

You see us as not possibly being saved by the sacrifice of Jesus so we are discarded in churches and in society. We are fired from jobs, physically and emotionally abused by those who share your views of us. All because we are transgender.

Some of us are killed only because we are transgender.

You believe that kids can be changed to be not transgender if you’re pray enough over him or her. Why are you trying to change something God made? God doesn’t make mistakes because He made them transgender. You are unable to accept this reality.

You make all other human creations in your image, not God’s image. You cite the “man or woman” bible verse as alleged proof. Even Jesus himself did not talk down to the eunuchs, the trans people as we call them these days, but you do, all because we are transgender.

You claim we are immoral and unworthy of being in your presence. The Pharisees did the same thing to the second-class citizens in the bible you read. And you’re just like them because you do it to us, all because we are transgender.

Jesus argued scripture with the Pharisees, the spiritual and political leaders of that day, because the Pharisees deemed obedience to their interpretation of the scripture as the highest value. Jesus won every scriptural argument with them because He showed them their folly of placing the interpretation of the word of scripture above the Word in Spirit, Jesus, who was standing in front of them. But you do the same to us these days as the Pharisees treated Jesus 2000 years ago, because we don’t believe in your rigid interpretation of the word as you see it. Then you separate yourselves from us, just like the Pharisees did with the “lesser” of society back then. Pharisee is another word for separatist. In this country’s Us vs. Them climate, you separate yourself from us, because we are transgender.

Why do you associate yourselves with these separatists, the Pharisees of today? Jesus spent time with the “least of these”, he didn’t associate himself with any of the Pharisees. Yet you do, because we are transgender.

Today’s Pharisees are making laws and decrees, insisting that we deem obedience to their interpretation of scripture as the highest value. They inside we are mentally ill and delusional, making the transgender condition invalid in their Utopian society here in America. This leads you to the obvious, fear based conclusion: it’s OK to treat trans people as lesser, they are mental basket cases anyway. And you go along with it as being a sound and moral practice, all because we are transgender.

Politically speaking, these same 21st century Pharisees want us gone from their society are seeing to it with much legislation this year. Yet the Word of the Spirit, Jesus, didn’t want this at all. Pull out your bible that you claim tells us we are perverse abominations and read what God did to the trans people of the day in Acts chapter 8:26-40. He didn’t kick them the curb, He didn’t tell Phillip to condemn the person. No. He let them be and loved them, no matter what part of the trans spectrum they were on. He loves us. But you’re doing the opposite, because we are transgender.

You wear bracelets that say WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) Would Jesus treat us any different than anyone else in society because we are transgender?  No of course not, Acts 8 proves that. Yet you do.

It’s time you stop believing in a system of fear and start believing in the real Jesus who works in His people, no matter what they look like. Even if you don’t like what they look like. Especially if you don’t like what they look like.

If you claim to be Christian, it’s time you have faith in Jesus, not fear-based politicians and preachers who claim to be speaking for our savior. Perfect love casts out fear, but you choose fear every election cycle and every Sunday morning. Your faith is in a system and politics, not Jesus.

My faith is not in a system nor in politics. My faith is in Jesus, because I’m transgender.