are you a boy? your clothes are boy clothes.
are you a girl? your clothes are girl clothes.
are you outside the binary of boy and girl? so are your clothes.
did someone just tell you your clothes don’t match your gender identity? they are a trashcan and their clothes are trashcan clothes.
So I learned from my friend that coconut water can be used as an emergency blood transfusion, and of course my first thought was “So, can a vampire drink coconut water?”
and of course we had this idea of these tropical vampires being horrified when these old world vampires come and are still drinking blood like some sort of monster.
guys oh my god
#or the vampires subsiding off coconut water and the white vamps come in and steal it all from tropical vampires
This was a very relevant edition.
I just had a conversation recently where someone asked if I thought someone who was gay or lesbian could be a Christian.
Well - yeah. I mean, that’s like asking if a thief or a compulsive liar or a gossip or a control freak or or anyone else could be a Christian. Just because I believe homosexuality is a sin doesn’t mean I think that, somehow, homosexual individuals are unable to be saved. Or even that a Christian will never struggle with issues of sexuality. That’s bogus - this idea that somehow, Christians are beyond sin and temptation. Anyone who thinks that needs to try rereading their Bible. But should someone who claims Christ and identifies as homosexual acknowledge that this is a problem and something they should struggle with? Yeah. Sin is sin, no matter how the culture accepts it, or how deeply rooted it is in one’s heart. I’d say the same thing to the porn addict, the glutton, the gossip, or the mean-spirited. If you call yourself a Christian, you must Biblically identify and deal with the sin in your life.
It is so disrespectful to say that a person’s identity is inherently a sin. To say that because they are who they are, it is the same as robbery or murder or lying.
Like, that is a f—- up belief system, where people are demanded to feel guilty for who they are and things they can not change. Just, wow. How dare we be the way we are? We should feel so guilty for existing. Yuck.
:D I’ve been waiting for this to get on someone’s bad side. *shrugs* In a sense, I totally see where you’re coming from — that this is someone’s identity. I mean, from my worldview, we’re all messed up without Christ. I won’t apologize for that — it’s what keeps me going. Knowing that, in spite of the horrible, horrible ways in which I ruin my life, God can change that. God’s bigger than that. God’s bigger than any sin — and I figure if he can forgive me, he can forgive anyone.
On the other hand, other than just being naturally inclined to sin, because we’re a fallen and messed up world, I don’t think that any one thing is so much a part of someone’s identity that it can never be changed. I don’t know how many people are familiar with Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz and his studies in neuralplasticity, but there’s a heap-ton of evidence suggesting that the brain remains malleable even into adulthood.
This would, obviously, suggest that our brains continue to change throughout our lifetime, influenced by the things that happen to us. A simple example would be someone who grows up speaking one language and then moves to a land where he or she has to learn another. After years of speaking the foreign language, they might have problems reverting to their native tongue — even to the point that their “thought language” is in their secondary language.
A more complicated and interesting example is how Schwartz is trying to help people suffering from OCD, not by the often-cruel behavioral treatment (like when someone obsessed with keeping away germs is forced to grasp a doorknob spread with filth), but by teaching them how to actually rewire their brains, to think in new patterns.
All that is to say that there is no proof for people being, as our dear Lady Gaga put it, “born this way”. Nature vs. Nurture is a messy beast, but more and more research is suggesting that there is no one way to be born — one can have inclinations one way or another, but the actual thought processes and behaviors can shape the brain and the neural identity as much or more than genes.
But that was a much longer and more technical answer than I’m sure anyone was looking for. :D Short answer: Sorry that you found me disrespectful. But if I truly believe that something is wrong or dangerous, and that there could be negative consequences associated with it, it would be hypocritical of me to not say something — in love, unlike some freaks I could mention — but something, all the same.
Anyway, hope that explains my POV a bit more.
No, that’s still SUPER disrespectful. Like, now you’re talking about “curing” us, about changing who we are, about MAKING us straight.
You think that our existence is wrong or dangerous? That the way we feel and who we are is wrong and dangerous? That the love we feel, the relationships we have, the families we form, are wrong and dangerous?
And you sit there and talk about how you think we can change and re-wire our brains and how it’s just so sinful to be who we are?
That’s bigotry. It’s intolerance. It’s gross and mad disrespectful. It’s attitudes like that which foster the violence that LGBTQIAP+ people face in our culture- that gets people like me beaten and homeless and killed.
Hey traveling magpie, remember John 3:16?
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"
You see a sexuality clause in there? Neither did I. My sexuality is not a sin.