I enjoyed Lori Heine’s article “Ready Aim Fire” about the accessability of heaven for all. It reminded me of a very good point Dr. Bob Lowery made during a sermon. “Would God forgive Osama Bin Ladin? You’d better hope so.” The implication in the answer is enormous – I had the same reaction to Lori’s article.
He also said that heaven will be filled with people you didn’t like on earth – another great thought. Would it be possible to be in heaven and be able to say, “You know, I never really liked you…” Ha-ha!
Anyway, I wanted to share my thoughts. Thanks for your time!
Put a “Transgender” button on your home page. You have the token “LGBT” heading at the top of the page, but that’s all. It just looks like another LGB site. The only way TG’s will find articles about transgenders on your site is to “Search Whosoever.org” for the word, “transgender,” which many may not do.
Many transgender people are prejudiced against gays, and many gay people are prejudiced against transgenders. Even full-time transsexual people are often prejudiced against part-time crossdressers, and vice versa. If you really want to reach the TG community, I suggest you address these issues.
Also, many gay-friendly churches are not TG friendly, although this is rarely addressed in listings of accepting churches. Even some MCC churches, which are all gay-friendly, are not TG friendly, except in their official policy.
Editor Candace Chellew-Hodge responds:
Renee, thank you so much for your letter. You’re right, we don’t have enough transgender representation here at Whosoever and that’s something that I regret. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find enough transgender volunteers to contribute articles. We’ve had a few in the past, but they drift away from us.
If there are any transgender people of faith who wish to contribute their time and talent to Whosoever, we would love to have you. Please contact me using our suggestion box form if you’re interested in using your talents to reach TG Christians in need of support
I am writing to encourage you in the work that you are doing. I first heard about you on the Rainbow Radio show through iTunes. I am 19 year old Gay Christian living in Auckland, New Zealand. I came out to my friends, family and church last year. I thought you might be surprised to see how far your ministry is reaching. I am an avid reader of Whosoever, a great resource, and I continue to listen to Rainbow Radio. (On my website I have placed a link to Whosoever: www.me-myself-n-i.deviantart.com)
I don’t need to tell you how difficult it is to Come Out to yourself and eventually others when you are brought up in a Baptist/Fundamentalist church. Despite the opposition to my ‘chosen lifestyle’ I have remained in the church that I was brought up in. Being the only out gay in a place with such hostility towards the LGBT community is very challenging at times. But blogs and online magazines such as yours are a continued inspiration. I know that I likely will not change my church. But when friends begin to ask questions, challenged about the issue, and when they feel compelled to reach out to a Gay or Lesbian friend they had lost contact with, I know that it is worth it. The fight is won one heart at a time.
It is people like you that help youth like me to stay alive. If no one had been out in my life (or on the internet) I wouldn’t have survived the Closet. The work you are doing does nothing short of saving lives. With the deepest sincerity: Thank You.
God Bless, Paul
Thanks so much for your labor of love in Whosoever.
I’m a 29 year old gay man. In the last few months I have, for the first time, been able to process the rejection of my family and childhood community of faith. I’ve been doing this with the help of a supportive therapist. What I have learned is that God made our bodies to store knowledge of ourselves that our mind tries to repress because it is so painful. I used to think that my anxiety was the problem. Little did I know that, by listening to what it was telling me, I touched my pain deeply, was able to grieve, come to acceptance and remove myself from continual spiritual abuse by my fundamentalist family.
I’ve often read articles by you and have felt that I could relate to you as a human being. It helps me to remember that I am not alone.