I am a Christian Universalist and I support and affirm the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ is not a sin. The Lord loves all lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans and others. <3.
I affirm same-sex marriage as valid, therefore my theological position on homosexuality is Side A.
For Basic Definitions: https://www.hrc.org/resources/glossary-of-terms
Heterosexuality = Straight = Sexual orientation towards the opposite sex.
Homosexuality = Sexual orientation towards the same sex.
Gay = One who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to those of the same gender.
Lesbian = A woman or non-binary person who is emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to at least another woman.
The term lesbian formerly applied to any woman who was in a romantic or sexual relationship with other women, and many bisexual women still use the word for this reason. However, due to lesbian separatism around the 70's, many people who identified as lesbians were pushed out of their own communities and history, and still are to this day.
I personally identify as a lesbian therefore because I am a woman who is in a romantic relationship with my waifu Okuu who is also a woman.
Cisgender = Identifying as having gender that corresponds to one has been assigned at birth; not transgender.
Transgender = Gender identity differs from sex person had or was identified as having at birth.
Trans women are women and trans men are men.
Queer = One who has a sexual orientation or gender identity that is not heterosexual or cisgender.
Asexual = Ace = A lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity.
Bisexuality = Sexually orientation towards members of either sex.
Questioning = One who is unsure of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Intersex = Born with a variety of differences in their sex traits and reproductive anatomy.
Binary = Those who do identify their gender as exclusively male or female.
Non-Binary = Those who do not identify their gender as exclusively male or female.
Homophobe = Anyone who views homosexuality as inherently sinful
Transphobe = Anyone who views being transgender as inherently sinful
Queerphobe = Anyone who views being queer as inherently sinful
More Terms: https://www.hrc.org/resources/glossary-of-terms
Terms to Avoid: https://genderkit.org.uk/slurs/
Gender expression is a social construct. Gender roles are social constructs. Gender identity is intrinsic.
Heterosexuality is not a sin. Being straight is not a sin. Homosexuality is not a sin. Being gay is not a sin. Being a lesbian is not a sin. Being bisexual is not a sin. Being cisgender is not a sin. Being transgender is not a sin. Being queer is not a sin. Being asexual is not a sin. Being ace is not a sin. Bisexuality is not a sin. Questioning is not a sin. Being intersex is not a sin. Being binary is not a sin. Being non-binary is not a sin.
Sin = Disobedience of God’s law. None of these break God’s law. Therefore, none of them are sins.
Tool that lets you see t-friendly (this site) vs anti-trans, recommended by a fellow trans Christian Universalist friend.
https://transequality.org/issues/resources/frequently-asked-questions-about-transgender-people + https://transequality.org/issues/resources/understanding-transgender-people-the-basics
Trans Affirming Barbershops and Salons
LGBTQ+ Affirming Christian Resource Links
LGBTQ+ Christian Universalism https://christianuniversalist.org/beliefs/human-diversity/
My Study on Sexuality for those who are 18 Year Olds and upwards, as described in the Bible Erotica Book Song of Songs: www.songofsongs.net
Affirmation from the Christian Universalist Association which I am a member of: https://christianuniversalist.org/beliefs/human-diversity/
From fellow Christian Universalist:Richard Wayne Garganta https://gayprejudice.com/GayPrejudice.pdf
From fellow Christian Universalist Oratio Fidelis
Find LGBTQ Inclusive Church Here: https://www.gaychurch.org/
Defence Against Clobber Verses: https://www.sthugh.net/lgbtq-affirming-scripture
Gay Christian Bible Studies: https://www.gaychristian101.com
Advancing LGBTQ Inclusion in the Church: https://reformationproject.org/biblical-case + https://reformationproject.org/the-need/
Homosexuality is Natural: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals
Human translator In 1946 inserts their own biased flawed human tradition of anti-homosexuality into scripture: https://www.wmm.com/sponsored-project/1946-the-mistranslation-that-shifted-culture/ps://www.wmm.com/sponsored-project/1946-the-mistranslation-that-shifted-culture/
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America study on Clobber Verses
Organization that promotes full inclusion in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Romans 1:26-27 condemns the Cult of Isis, not Homosexuality
Pro LGBTQ+ Bible Verses
Love here is a broader concept. Like the love God has for us, so too should we show love to people with the sexual orientations of heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, etc. because they are not sins. To show kindness, gentleness, peace, in love, to those who are transgender and queer. These concepts are not inherently sinful, because…
1 Corinthians 13:8 NRSVue Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
Romans 13:10 NRSVue Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
Proverbs 17:9 NRSVue One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.
1 Corinthians 13:2 NRSVue And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.
Philippians 2:2 NRSVue make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
My Commentary Against Anti-LGBTQ+ Clobber Verses
Leviticus 18:22 ESV You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
CORRECTED: Leviticus 18:22 ESV You shall not lie with every male [children] as with a woman; it is an abomination.
a man זָכָ֔ר (zā·ḵār) Strong's 2145: Remembered, a male
What types of males are referred to here? Looking at the list of all instances we find
HEB: כַּסְפּ֔וֹ כָּל־ זָכָ֕ר בְּאַנְשֵׁ֖י בֵּ֣ית
KJV: with his money, every male
“male” refers to “every male”. Like from 1 years old, to 120 years old. The Biblical age of consent for the Israelites to go war is 20 years old. Numbers 1:3/18/20/22/24/26/etc.
If a male lies, meaning to have sexual intercourse, with a 1 year old male, that is disgusting, an abomination of child abuse, as they are below the age of consent. It’s the same if that male were to lie with a 1-year-old female, both are the sins of violence against children. Proverbs 3:31.
However, not all sexual intercourse of male-to-male is a sin, same with male-to-female, female-to-female, etc. It depends on the age of the male. Surely, not every male of every age!
[is] an abomination. תּוֹעֵבָ֖ה (tō·w·‘ê·ḇāh) Strong's 8441: Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol.
Abomination refers to the sin of idolatry, temple prostitution, like to the demon Molech worshipped by the Cannanites. Both heterosexuals and homosexuals can commit this sin. However, not all homosexuals are temple prostitutes, just like how not all heterosexuals worship demons! Thus, homosexuality, like heterosexuality, is not inherently sinful.
Romans 1:26 ESV For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
CORRECTED: For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural heterosexual and homosexual relations for those that are contrary to nature, incest as per Leviticus, bestiality, child abuse;
Homosexuality and heterosexuality are both natural sexual orientations. What are dishonorable passions? The sins of incest as after Leviticus 1 Corinthians 5:1, bestiality Exodus 22:19, sexual abuse which is violence Psalm 11:5.
1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
CORRECTED: 1 Corinthians 6:9 ESV Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice sodomy aka bestiality aka the sin of having sexual intercourse with an animal.
As Christian Universalist know with how many mistakes there are in translation of “hell” rather than Sheol/Hades/Gehenna/Tartarus, this line “men who practice homosexuality” is a mistranslation!
perform homosexual acts, ἀρσενοκοῖται (arsenokoitai) Strong's 733: A male engaging in same-gender sexual activity; a sodomite, pederast. From arrhen and koite; a sodomite.
Strong’s mistranslation! Let’s not forget that James Strong (1822–1894) is a mere human sinner who makes mistakes like the rest of us. It’s not all “male-to-male sexual activity” but rather “arrhen and koite, sodomite”.
Pederest = a man who desires or engages in sexual activity with a boy.
It’s a repeat of Leviticus 18:22 above, where a “boy” refers to a male child. Sexual activity with any child, male or female, homosexual or heterosexual is a sin! That’s what’s being condemned.
Sodomite = someone who practices sodomy
Sodomy = copulation with an animal
Copulation = to engage in sexual intercourse
Like I mentioned in Exodus 22:19 above, Sodomy is the sin of bestiality, having sexual intercourse with an animal, a dishonorable passion!
Fact: arsenokoitai was not translated as "homosexuals" until the 1940s. It is not a traditional translation of the Greek word.
1 Timothy 1:10 ESV The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
CORRECTED: 1 Timothy 1:10 ESV The sexually immoral, men who practice sexual intercourse with animals, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
for homosexuals, ἀρσενοκοίταις (arsenokoitais)
Strong's 733: A male engaging in same-gender sexual activity; a sodomite, pederast. From arrhen and koite; a sodomite.
Sodom was destroyed because of its violence, which the Lord is against. Heterosexuals and homosexuals can both be violent, violence is not inherent to one’s sexual orientation, but rather, a sin any human can commit. Jude 1:7
Quotes from me JSA.
This morning Oct 31 2023 Tuesday there was a person speaking IRL and they spoke of how gender is a social construct which is different from biological sex, which I agree with. We see how different cultures perceive gender differently, and how societies perception of gender has changed throughout history, though the gender one is born with remains the same.
I remember how an LGBTQIA+ member on Discord DMed me months ago asked me how gender would work in Heaven. I affirm transgender people.
Galations 3:28 NRSVue There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
On Earth, society’s view of gender is constantly shifting, though no one changes their gender as it is what a person is born with. There can be different societies on Earth which perceive people's genders differently, but it doesn't change the fact that people are born with a gender that does not change.
Still though, who knows if the social construct of gender will even exist in Heaven? Since gender is a societal phenomenon than that means it’s based off of the society of Earth while we are on Earth. But who can say what the social constructs of Heaven will be? Who can say what the society of Heaven will be like?
I’m an AMAB gender fluid person and sometimes I feel like being a girl other times I feel like being non-binary. But I can say for certainty right now that my gender expression does not 100% match me being assigned as a male at birth. So I at least have that understanding. Still, I don’t know for sure what my own gender identity has been and is, so I just use the pronouns he/him/they/them currently out of personal preference. This is a general concept I’ve thought of for months and, hearing this person IRL talk about it, made me decide to type out my own personal theorizing here as today’s quote.
Regardless though, there’s nothing wrong with being transgender. And I fully support trans rights. All people, regardless of whether they have a gender identity or do not, will become believers in Christ and thus gain permanent life. Though my own understanding of societal aspects is constantly changing, what is constant is the love that God has for all of us. And I believe He is also patient with us. I’m sure He will give us more understanding through grace as time goes on.
Deuteronomy 22:5 (KJV) The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Oratio has a good blog post about this too: https://oratiofidelis.wordpress.com/2021/09/13/quick-responses-to-bible-verses-used-to-support-homophobia-and-transphobia
start quote we have a paradox: תּוֹעֵבָֽה / βδέλυγμα is also used to describe eating pork and shellfish in Deuteronomy 14:3-21, yet Acts 10:11-15 records God commanding Simon Peter to go eat un-kosher foods, saying: “What God has made clean, you must not call profane”. (And then, God doubles down on it by saying the same thing again in Acts 11:7-9.) end quote.
They both use the same term
is detestable תוֹעֲבַ֛ת (ṯō·w·‘ă·ḇaṯ) Strong's 8441: Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol
The law was designed for people to sin anyways. It was meant to be a system with strict rules in which people would mess up. Is eating pork inherently sinful? No. Is crossdressing inherently sinful? No. God just issued specific commands for the Israelites of a specific time period.
Galatians 5:4 NRSVue You who want to be reckoned as righteous by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
Essentially that verse was specifically for the Israelite people living around the time periods of 650 BC and 70 AD, so it hasn’t been in effect for at least over a thousand years.
HEB: אִשָּׁ֑ה כִּ֧י תוֹעֲבַ֛ת יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ
NAS: these things is an abomination to the LORD
KJV: so [are] abomination unto the LORD
INT: A woman's for is an abomination God your God
HEB: תֹאכַ֖ל כָּל־ תּוֹעֵבָֽה׃
NAS: any detestable thing.
KJV: Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.
INT: eat any detestable
Since eating pork is no longer a sin, so too is crossdressing not a sin. They both literally use the same term תּוֹעֵבָה (toebah or toebah)
This is literally Hebrew, the language that this part of the Old Testament was written in
Shows that the Deuteronomy 22:5 could also be aimed at preserving social and religious norms of the ancient civilisation, specifically that of a woman could be pretending to be a male warrior or a male warrior deceiving others by disguising his sex, which fits into the chapter context of the neighborliness of the time period.
Also points to the “idolatry, an idol” term in the Hebrew, so it could be a command to differentiate from specific clothing of the Canaanite and Syrian religions in terms of their actual worship rituals.
start quote “An informed Jewish rabbi (or a hypothetical informed Old Covenant priest) would argue that the law means a trans person should follow the law based on the gender they identify as. So if you're a trans woman, you follow the law by wearing feminine clothes because trans women are women. If you're nonbinary, then it means you wear clothes that match how you understand your gender.”
And in general, crossdressing and being transgender are two separate things anyways. Because I am a transgirl, if I were an Ancient Israelite in that time period I would have to wear feminine clothes.
Trans Rights are Human Rights (Credit to ma#1000 on Discord for this info. It was on a video but I manually typed this out from it)
For medical transition, 80% of individuals reported significant improvement in dysphoria, 78% of individuals reported significant improvement in psychological symptoms and 72% of individuals reported significant improvement in sexual function.
Even in 15-year follow-ups, across the board there were positive results.
“Wellbeing was similar to or better than same age young adults from the general population”
Quality of life rises dramatically with gender affirming treatment
Social Transition Works
“Shown to correlate with improved psychological functioning”
Levels of depression and anxiety which closely match levels reported by cisgender children
Puberty Blockers are safe and reversible
Hormone blockers are the only treatment used on adolescents and are completely reversible.
“Does not support an adverse impact of gender-affirming hormone therapy on cognitive performance”
Our results suggest that there are no detrimental effects of GnRHa on EF
“Relieves distress for trans adolescents” “is reversible”
“Poorer psychological well-being before treatment”
“Behavioral and emotional problems and depressive symptoms decreased”
Hormone blockers are not new: “Since the mid 1990s…” “The Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1998…”
Puberty blockers aren’t harmful to bone density
Puberty blockers don’t cause osteoporosis or sterility:
Transphobia is real:
46% felt discriminated against or harassed within the past year for being trans
29% felt discriminated against when it came to looking for employment
70% hid being trans during schooling before becoming 18 years old
55% had an incident of violence within the past year in part or whole because of them being trans
The 40-50% suicide rate is fake. It’s the attempt rate:
The suicide rate is undocumented and doesn’t exist. Try to find it ;)
Discrimination is harmful
The attempt rate rises for people who
Lost a job due to bias (55%)
Were harassed/bullied in school (51%)
Had low household income
Were the victim of physical assault (61%)
Were the victim of sexual assault (64%)
Other factors include:
Being rejected by the family, friends and community.
Harassment by intimate partner, family members, police and public.
Discrimination and ill treatment at health-care system
Social/Familial Support Helps:
It can decrease the likelihood of a suicide attempt 57% -> 4%
Chosen name / pronoun use does the same:
71% drop in severe depression
34% drop suicidal ideation
65% drop in suicide attempts
Gender and sex aren’t the same as shown by
American Psychological Association
American Medical Association
American Psychoanalytic Association
Human Rights Campaign
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians
Royal College of Psychiatrists
United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS)
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Dermatology
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American College Health Association
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Physicians
American Counseling Association
American Heart Association
American Medical Association
American Medical Student Association
American Nurses Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
National Association of Social Workers
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Pediatric Endocrine Society
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
World Medical Association
World Professional Association for Transgender Health
World Health Organization (WHO)
American Pediatrics Association
National Institutes of Health
Canadian Institute of Health Research
There are differences between male and female brains.
“Basically -- and perhaps counterintuitively -- these genes are primarily involved in estrogen's critical sprinkling of the brain right before or after birth, which is essential to masculinization of the brain.
Variants investigators identified may mean that in natal males (people whose birth sex is male) this critical estrogen exposure doesn't happen or the pathway is altered so the brain does not get masculinized. In natal females, it may mean that estrogen exposure happens when it normally wouldn't, leading to masculinization.”