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    What Gender Dysphoria is Really Like

    What Gender Dysphoria is Really Like Discovering Why We Celebrate Diversity My purpose in this essay is to help non-transgender people (i.e., cisgender people) understand one of the “reasons” for transitioning. Please note that this is my simple explanation of a personal and diverse topic for many people. The human experience of gender is vast, emerging, and fascinating. I hope that my story will encourage others to explore and appreciate the diversity it is to be human. Disclaimer for my LGBTQ+ family: Gender dysphoria is not a requirement to be transgender. Many transgender people do not experience gender dysphoria. Many people who experience gender dysphoria do not transition in the same way. Transitioning is…

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    Four Things I Hear When You Say ‘Hate the Sin, but Love the Sinner.’

    Four Things I Hear When You Say ‘Hate the Sin, but Love the Sinner’ It’s not as comforting a response to me coming out as you might think. When I came out as transgender to my friends and family on Facebook, I was met with support and an outpouring of love. In fact, I have been very privileged in my coming out story as I have not had any incitements of violence or anger. Mixed in with this love, though, I did receive veiled judgment and criticism. I expected some of this. I graduated with a degree in biblical studies from a small, conservative college. I spent most of my…

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    Book Review: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

    Searching for Sunday was the first book of 2018 that I read. I’ve purposely avoided anything Christian for a few years. However, I found myself longing for the sense of purpose I felt when I was “all in” on evangelical Christianity. I graduated from the same college as Rachel, and have felt a connection as I find so many similarities in our stories. While this book isn’t related to LGBT+ issues directly, it certainly touches on these topics as Rachel navigates the lose and finding of her faith – something I’m still in the middle of. This is now the third book by Rachel that I’ve read: every one digs closer…