A Confession.

I must confess that for a long time, I struggled to understand how LGBTQ could be.  I thought my Christians beliefs were are odds with understanding LGBTQ people.  Sometimes, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around it.  I've asked a lot of personal, probably inappropriate questions of my LGBT friends, and they responded so openly and so kindly, and never took offense- I was trying to understand.  Now, I don't really need to understand or know how, or why.  I just know that God loves people, he made us all, we are all human beings.  Our souls are what lives forever, in all eternity.  Our souls don't care where we were born, who we love, what body we have, what passports we have.  The turning point for me was people, the stories of people who had suffered so much.  The stories of people who had to live in the shadows, in a closet, afraid to show who they really were.  The stories of PEOPLE. 

Our immigrant communities are some of the most anti-LGBTQ communities out there and we must change that.  We must change that because if we don't want the color of our skin to define us, if we don't want pieces of paper to define us, then we cannot define others by outward things either. 

We must create in our communities understanding and acceptance of ALL people.

Please go read this beautiful post by Laverne Cox. 

"This is why we need diverse media representstions of trans folks to multiply trans narratives in the media and depict our beautiful diversities....

I have hoped over the past few years that the incredible love I have received from the public can translate to the lives of all trans folks. Trans folks of all races, gender expressions, ability, sexual orientations, classes, immigration status, employment status, transition status, genital status etc... The struggle continues…"

http://lavernecox.tumblr.com