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News Mini-Post: Sex Change & Faith

A transgender woman’s struggle with and reliance on religion as she goes through the immense change. My new piece is up on Huffington Post. Please have a look (and feel free to Share).

From Christine Connelly:

“My entire family has shunned me. I’ve been dis-invited to Christmas, birthday celebrations and all family activities because I am transgender. Members of my family have verbally abused me, calling me grotesque, sick, deranged and psychotic. They have told me I should move away and hide.”

She needed her faith as never before….


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  • Lee Grohse
    May 11, 2015 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Good article. It is sad to read about another person who had to leave the Catholic church in order to be accepted and supported for who they are. As a Catholic, I find it challenging to love a church that seems to be perpetually 50 to 500 years behind in many social justice issues. One can see some cause for hope for the future with Pope Francis, with the increasing influence of a vocal, socially conscious group of women religious., and with the changing understanding of issues related to LGBT and Transgender by Catholic lay people. But people like the woman in your article can’t live on hope for the future.–they have to find a place to nourish their faith now . But I still feel sad when I hear about another person let down by a Church that could have been a home to them.

    • Peggy Payne
      May 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm Reply

      I’m glad to hear from a Catholic about this, Lee. I was born Methodist, but there’s a lot that attracts to me to Catholicism. And I really like our new Pope. I have hopes…

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