In Sexuality and Gender on November 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm
NBC’s comedy series The New Normal emerges from a shifting American culture increasingly accepting of new family arrangements and consciously engages the dynamics these present . Recently, The New Normal took up Catholicism in relation to the gay protagonist, David — and did so in a strikingly positive, fact-based manner.
As background, the premise of the show is that a gay couple hire a single mother with a nine-year-old daughter as their surrogate in the quest to have a child. Episode 7 features the couple, David and Bryan, struggling to decide on godparents for their child, as they are two people who identify as non-spiritual.
So often the LGBT community and the Catholic community are pitted against each other in entertainment. The New Normal overcomes false dichotomies to reveal reality. LGBT Catholics and allies have long known that good priests are building welcoming parishes, that the Church is not anti-gay in its fundamentals, that LGBT persons desire a place in the Catholic faith, and that, with commitment, change can occur should we be willing to seek it.
The conversations between Bryan and Father Michael are comedic, poignant, and surprisingly truthful moments for a popular television show. While as a student of theology, I would have liked to see more nuance in several statements of the show’s dialogue, it is heartening to see mainstream entertainment positively reflect on the good relationships and good work of so many Catholics who are trying to make the Church a welcoming and affirming place for our LGBT brothers and sisters.
-full commentary by Bob Shine, New Ways Ministry, at Bondings 2.0.
In Uncategorized on July 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm
Sharp words cut like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18, James 3:1-12
This proverb is a reversal of the old childhood mantra: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words…” Well, supposedly words will never hurt us, but they do. Not only the slurs flung our way, but the very words that jumble in us as in the word-art above. Those discerning their orientation – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning persons – are especially vulnerable to sharp words, receiving their thrust deep into the psyche.
The queer community for a number of years has been reclaiming words. In a very healthy way we have taken the swords meant to hack us and turned them into shields of honor. “Faggot,” “queer,” “gay,” “homo,” “sissy,” “butch,” “dyke” and others are now internalized as points of pride instead of points of shame.
The lesbian biblical scholar Mona West states it succinctly: “Oppressed peoples over the years have understood the power and importance of choosing their own words to name themselves rather than allowing the dominant culture to assign negative meaning to certain words that are used to demonize a group of people. Words are powerful tools used to describe experience and shape reality” (from the article Queer Spirituality).
-Read David Popham’s full reflection at “The Bible in Drag“
In Trans Issues on July 14, 2012 at 9:40 am
I knew from the time I started writing blogs, I would be entering a stage where there would be some controversy. The idea of being a Christian transgender person will fly in the face of many on both sides; the church and the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community.
The word Christian can spark heated debate on how the church has treated the LGBT community. To mention that I am transgender in the church has lit a few fires of disagreement. When you put the two together, you have napalm. If not handled correctly and without proper education, the firestorm can rage out of control, damaging all with in its path. But as a wildfire is known to do, it can burn away the old and make room for new life, so heated, healthy debate is not always a bad thing.
In my inaugural post here on ChicagoNow, one of the individuals that left comments made a few statements I believe I need to take time to discuss. Before correcting some common misconceptions about being transgender, I want to take a minute to agree with one of his statements.
I agree that many in society today believe that the Bible, the Word of God, is full of bigotry and prejudice. There have been many church leaders in the news recently that have done nothing but condemn the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community. Charles L. Worley of Maiden, N. C. preached a sermon that went viral on YouTube. He preached that he thought gays should be fenced off from the rest of the population so they would “die off”. With rhetoric like this, how is any non-believer ever going to think that God, above all things, is a loving God? How is anyone going to think anything other than God is a God of punishment when he really came to die on the cross and forgive our sins? I praise people like Andrew Marin and The Marin Foundation for their work in Chicago connecting with the LGBT community and spreading God’s love to those that have felt rejected by the church. We need more people like that working to build someone up in God, instead of tearing him or her down.
-full post (the first of two) at Trans Girl at the Cross, Chicago Now
In Uncategorized on June 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm
Mormons Building Bridges came out in their Sunday best and celebrated the LGBT community
Over 300 Mormon allies dropped their bibles and marched in Utah’s Gay Pride parade on Sunday (3 June).
The group Mormons Building Bridges said they wanted to send a message of love to the LGBT community, saying it was compatible with their faith.
-full report: Gay Star News
In Sexuality and Gender on June 1, 2012 at 10:18 am
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York, has received major gifts in excess of $10 million (€8 million).
This constitutes the largest donation ever received by any LGBT arts organization.
A gift of $8.8 million was made by Charles W. Leslie, in memory of his long-time partner of 48 years, Fredric D (Fritz) Lohman who died in 2009.
-full report at Gay Star News