Colorism is real. My youngest sister, who is darker than me, was looking sad one day. I asked her what’s wrong. She said, “nothing.” I asked her again. She told me she was being made fun of at school because she has dark skin. She was in the 7th grade at the time. It pains me to know that my sister has to go through that. That that is in fact a stage in every dark skinned black girl’s life. I had to fight my mom to stop buying my sister lotions that promise to lighten her skin.
Intuition. Denial. Anger. Apathy. Emptiness. Accountability. Reformation. Forgiveness. Resurrection. Hope. Redemption.
These words are integral to the Christian narrative. Try to find a bible tract or gospel presentation that doesn’t have at least 50% of them. Christians love these words… Until Beyonce says them…
If we take nothing else from these studies–if we ignore the positive effects of trans-inclusive mental health care and access to hormone therapy–we must at least recognize that mental illnesses don’t render gender identities insignificant.
For the same reasons as Prince, and many more, may Harriet Tubman’s image on our currency continually free people and remind us to live from that opened space.
Most kids don’t know the difference between a Social Conservative and Democratic Socialist. But they do know what hate is. And when they hear us declaring our hate for the a politician we see on TV, our the kids figure out pretty quick that the person you hate is someone that you disagree with. So when we say,“I HATE Hilary or Trump or whoever it is you hate” Our kids hear, “I hate people who disagree with me.”
I know that I’m not the only one that thinks there are healthy and faithful expressions of Christian sexuality outside of abstinence. I know that I’m not the only one that thinks bodies are incredible and meant to be celebrated and enjoyed. I know that I’m not the only one that thinks diverse sexuality and attraction are important to lift up in the cultural conversation. I know that I’m not alone, so please, speak up.