Everyone involved in LGBT equality knows about the impact of personal experience. If folks have had considerable contact with LGBT is difficult to remain prejudice.
The link is such a story. It is about an evangelical pastor in Brooklyn, NY, whose father was a well known preacher and high executive in the denomination. The son, married with two small children, was successfully pastoring a start up church.
His father came from Colorado to deliver some news. The news was that the father had thought he was female since he was a small child. He could no longer deal with it and would now live out his gender orientation, a woman.
The link goes through all the societal complications associated with trans life. What would happen to the long marriage of the pastor’s parents? How would the pastor tell his congregation which had a policy that gay people, let alone trans people, could not hold official positions in the church? How would the pastor explain this to his two small children?
The small children made the transition without missing a beat. They took to the new grand lady without hesitation. The pastor read religious significance into this. If the children could accept the change with no problem whatsoever, that is how God accepts it, he reasoned.
Eventually, the pastor announced his circumstances to his congregation and that he wanted a welcoming church. There was the expected exodus of some members but the church is surviving.
To the thousands of gay and trans fathers, Happy Father’s Day.