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Friday, November 11, 2016

Why I Stopped Believing That Being LGBT+ Is Sinful

Content notes:Heteronormativity and transphobia, mentions of sexual assault, suicide, hate crimes, and other forms of violence.

Sometime late last year, I realized being attracted to someone of the same gender, acting upon that attraction, or being transgender are not sinful.

I had heard about some quirks in the original language the Bible manuscripts were written in. It didn't convince me at first.

But the failure of conversion therapy helped push me in the right direction.

If wanting romance and/or sex with people of your own gender is rooted in sin and people are naturally straight, then why would attempts to change your orientation be unsuccessful? If people's genders are dictated by their genitals, why wouldn't attempts at "restoring" them to their "true" gender work? If conversion therapy causes so much harm and isn't successful, then how could God declare the thing we're trying to "cure" a sin?

It seems more sensible that this means being gay, bi, trans, intersex, genderqueer, non-binary, pan, or what-have-you is not a sin, nor is it something that needs to be fixed.

And frankly, given the statistics on the suicide rate among LGBT+ people, as well as the likelihood that they will be harassed, physically or sexually assaulted, kicked out of their homes, fired from their jobs, or murdered, the idea that being cisgender*, straight, and perisex** is the only acceptable way to be needs to end.

*not transgender

**not intersex

© 2016 by M.R.R.


Kate Larkindale said...

Agreed! Although I've never thought LGBTQ people were sinful.

M.R. R. said...

Unfortunately, that is the message in a lot of Christian spaces, and I'm done with it.