Reblogging: Humanity is Not a Virtue

20 07 2014

In this post, the Ace Theist demonstrates a practical application of the injunction to not judge others.

Reblogging: Transfeminism

19 07 2014

My experiences with mainstream feminism have been similar, but not quite the same. Having transitioned from male to female, I felt like an outsider before my transition and I currently feel like my welcome in mainstream feminism varies.

Initiation: Reflection

18 07 2014

On the night of 17 July 2014, I received my second degree coven initiation. This ritual promoted me from “duly consecrated priest and witch” to “high priest and magus.”

While my first degree initiation back in February was an emotional event for me, I didn’t really cry. I came close as I recited the Oath, but didn’t really cry. This time was different. The coven gathered for dinner at the home of two of the third degree priests, and as the meal progressed, I found myself becoming more and more emotional. Not upset, and not happy. Just … emotional. As it got time for me to change for the ritual, I was feeling very strange.

The ritual began with a hand blessing. All members of the coven blessed my hands with consecrated salted water, and it was during this part that I began crying. I really can’t say why. I wasn’t upset, and they weren’t tears of joy per se, though perhaps they were. I think it was more that the honor of this coven believing that I was ready and worthy of this initiation and promotion.

And it is an honor to serve this coven. It was an honor to be considered worthy of the first degree, to be a priest and witch. It felt like I was committing to being a student of this group, as all the others members seem to have so much more knowledge and experience than I do. Now, I’m a high priest and magus. This is not only an honor, but also a responsibility.

But it was the love and welcome, more than anything else, that I think moved me to tears. After identifying as a spiritual nomad for so many years, I’m now a dual citizen with multiple homes.

How could I not cry when faced with these blessings?

Death of a Friend

15 07 2014

Today I learned that a friend from The Forums at Susan’s Transgender Resources died on Sunday. Nero, the Forum Admin.

I first joined Susan’s in March 2008, within days after I finished reading the book Luna by Julie Anne Peters. As that book was instrumental in leading me to explore my own gender identity, the Forums at Susan’s was even more so. At first, I identified as cross-dresser before identifying as androgyne. Though Nero himself was FTM, he seemed draw to those who identified in between the binary points of female and male, man and woman. When I determined that I wasn’t androgyne and was actually MTF, he supported me in my self-discovery.

It was my defense and support of Nero that made me feel somewhat unwelcome among some of the former members of Susan’s. There were those who would regularly mock Nero, belittling him for being overweight, a recovering drug addict, and even going so far as to imply he’d never be a real man. To then see such persons offer condolences and post things like, “RIP Nero,” affected me oddly. It seems some folks had set aside their antipathy for Nero, but why after his death? Why is it that the trans communities will more readily unite when one of our own dies?

Seriously, people, we have enough to deal with without fighting ourselves. There will be cissexist transphobes who will no doubt be celebrating Nero’s death.

There aren’t any details yet, but I fear it might have been suicide. Nero had struggled with depression for years, and even his T injections were somewhat problematic for him, being a recovering addict. He was such a loving person. I can’t believe he’s gone.

Nero, my love, you were my brother. I will never forget you.

Safe Passage, and Blessed Be.

Reblogging: Why I avoid checking the box

12 07 2014

I as a transgender person have fewer rights and less privilege than cisgender persons. In turn, I have greater rights and more privilege than persons with non-binary gender identities, as the following blog posts documents.

CwG-Daily Roast-07/10/14–Interfaith and living your personal theology-Pt. 2

10 07 2014

A friend and mentor, Rev. Lee Whittaker explains how so-called “hyphenated Christianity” can indeed work.

Reblogging: How Old is Gender?

9 07 2014

Marlo Mack, The Gender Mom, has made a great podcast about how children can indeed know what their gender identity is, even when they are very young.

The podcast in the below blog link revolves around Mack’s own family situation, so the gender discussion is somewhat binaried and asexuality isn’t really mentioned. But those things aside, I recommend Mack’s blog and podcast to anyone who’s exploring gender.


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