Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Can We Talk? Seriously, Can We?

I found this stat list at http://www.transstudent.org/transstats/ and wanted to share it as a quick reference for people who visit this blog. I think people need to know these numbers if there is any chance that, we as a society, can be more loving and accepting to transgender individuals. If you only judge without getting to know and understand people who are not like you then you may one day help contribute to some of the scarier of those statistics, like the suicide rate, as well as the feeling of being unsafe.

If you are using your religious beliefs to justify your nonacceptance of transgender people, you might want to rethink that. If you are Christian, then you are breaking the 2nd of the two "greatest commandments" as is stated in the Bible:

Matthew 22 Verses 34 to 40
[37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

You may also want to follow this bit of scripture in this case as well:

Matthew 7 Verses 2 to 4
[2] For with the same judgment you pronounce, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [3] Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to notice the beam in your own eye? [4] How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a beam in your own eye?

What I'd suggest you do is rather than have an uninformed opinion, inform yourself. You can find a wealth of knowledge here. Being more kind to people who aren't like you won't send you to hell and I'm sad for anyone who believes that it will. I know you are scared but you are scared because someone taught you to be or from what you've witnessed about how people close to you think about this. You can think for yourself and I'd wager greatly that if there is a God, they put you here just so you would learn to do just that. That is why, according to the Bible, you have freewill. Freewill is yours to use. You don't have to follow blindly.
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