This year, more than ever, I am feeling the emotional roller-coaster of being LGBT+ through the liturgies and readings of Holy Week. We have eaten with friends around tense tables, coming out, begging them to remember us. We have been betrayed by those who sleep in the garden, ignoring our prayers. We have been disowned… Continue reading A Reflection & Prayers for Good Friday
As promised, here is this week's blog post for LGBT History Month. Today we are looking at some of the (hi)stories of trans and gender non-conforming people through a journey in prayer. The stories used here can be found at: Action for Trans Health. Let's pray: 'James Barry (1789-1865) James was a military surgeon and… Continue reading LGBT History Month: Gender Journey
During LGBT history month I am writing about particular themes, moments and people in LGBT+ history and offering some thoughts on scripture and some prayer notes. This week I am thinking about the Holocaust. It is difficult to write about the Holocaust appropriately, because it was such an atrocious and tragic event that continues to… Continue reading LGBT History Month: Holocaust
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018 Remember ... what we do to real, living, breathing trans and gender non-conforming people when we deny, brush over or ignore the truth of their identities: 'Jenner on everyone's lips while the brutality of living in this body becomes an asterisk at the bottom of equality pages. No one ever… Continue reading Remember. Honour. Act.
A Biblical Exploration of ITV's Drama Butterfly In Mark 6 Jesus is found to be 'a prophet without honour in his home town'. This passage immediately came to mind as I considered how to respond to ITV's recent drama series Butterfly. Setting the Scene In Butterfly, Maxine, a young transfeminine person, is supported by her mum to… Continue reading Butterfly or Prophet? A Review
When I started doing trans advocacy work, my mum sent me a link to the song Brave by Sarah Barielles. 'Say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.' Later, she sings 'and since your history of silence, don't do you any good, did you think… Continue reading Brave
"Come out, come out, wherever you are." This could be the shout of children playing hide and seek or the snarl of a horror-film villain. Today, on what is apparently 'National Coming Out Day' I wonder which it is for you, and for me. Come out come out, whoever you are... I am writing this… Continue reading Come Out, Come Out