Letter to the Editor
Last updated 10/13/2022 at 9:14am
I recently saw a post on Facebook for a film screening regarding transgender people, children, and the question, “what is a woman” that is being held at the church. Surprised that church members are interested in this topic, I watched the film myself.
After watching the film, I wanted to reach out to my former faith community and share in the discussion.
The film takes a topic that is worthy of discussion and unfortunately, does not give an accurate depiction of transgender individuals, their families, medical providers, or their unique struggles.
Over the years, I have been blessed to have met several people who identify as transgender. Of those individuals, some had undergone transition surgery, some who were in-process, and some who identified as Trans but were not planning to undergo any physical changes. Meeting these individuals, sharing conversations, and getting to know them as the beautiful people they are is a gift that I cherish.
I would ask my former church and faith community instead of asking the film’s question of “What is a woman?” to instead ask, “How can I demonstrate the kindness and love of Christ and his teachings.”
You never know the internal struggle of the individual who is sitting in the pew next to you or how your words affect others in your community - I ask the congregation as they explore this topic to please remember that according to God, we are all His creation and made in His image.