Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation, night 6; transcripts of the images in the first post; Bible quotes; very long; brief discussion of anti-semitism in Christian reference texts, but otherwise (+)
This is a transcription of the text that I hand-wrote in my commonplace book, as shown in the photos on the previous post.
Bible quotes for rainbow people
"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
- Galatians 3:28 (New International Version)
Context: St. Paul addresses the Galatians (Gauls),a Celtic people in the Roman empire, who Paul converted to Christianity, but who all became misled in how to practice it. They thought they had to observe Jewish taboos and traditions. Here, in AD 56, Paul corrects them, valuing equality rather than distracting ritual. [After I'd handwritten this, based on a bunch of different Bible commentary books, I realized the way they'd phrased this, they were making a negative comparison between Christianity and Judaism. They could have talked about the differences between religions without doing that. I'm becoming more aware of an antisemitic slant in Christian texts that I hadn't picked up on before. That's not okay, and I'm sorry.] This passage means that by becoming Christians, they are no longer divided between oppressor/oppressed or insider/other, and these categories will wholly disappear in the resurrection. All are equally saved, dignified, and entitled to the same privileges, without favoritism about their birth.
"For there are some eunuchs, born so from their mother's womb; and there are some eunuchs, who are made eunuchs by men; and there are some eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He that can be contented let him be contented."
- Matthew 19:12 (James Murdock New Testament)
Context: Jesus had been speaking to the Pharisees, who were asking him trick questions about marriage. His disciples rasied the concern that it might be better not to marry, in order to avoid trouble. Jesus answered with the above, giving a few reasons why people do not marry, stay celibate, and/or don't have children. "Eunuch" can mean these things, too. Jesus does not condemn any of these, and indicates that these are all as acceptable as marriage. The first kind of eunuch listed means one who doesn't have children due to being intersex, sterile, or queer, or simply prefer by nature to be single. Jesus may also be referring to the Essenes, a sect of Jews who chose not to marry or have children, but only to adopt. "Eunuch" had a wide range of meanings during Jesus's time! Jesus tells his disciples that just as marrying and having children isn't for everyone, being single isn't the best solution for everyone, either, so do what is right for you.
"Don't let foreigners who commit themselves to the LORD say 'The LORD will never let me be a part of His people.' And don't let the eunuchs say, 'I'm a dried-up tree with no children and no future.' For this is what the LORD says: I will bless those eunuchs who keep My Sabbath days holy and who choose to do what pleases Me and commit their lives to Me. I will give them-- within the walls of M house- a memorial and a name far greater than sons and daughters could give. For the name I give them is an everlasting one. It will never disappear!"
- Isaiah 56:3-5 (New Living Translation)
Context: Uttered by the prophet Isaiah (or his followers) around 68 BC, aout God's blessings for all nations; he goes on to say foreigners are welcome and blessed, too. Even though eunuchs are barred from entering the congregation and priesthood (Deuteronomy 23:1, Leviticus 21:20) for ritual purity reasons, God values them, and they are not truly outcasts. This can also address anyone who feels an outcast, for ritual purity reasons or otherwise. A eunuch can have a very spiritual legacy. There is no condemnation of the eunuch in this.
[Then there's the story of Philip baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch, which I recommend reading in full, Acts 8:26-40, here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+8%3A26-40&version=NLT ]
Context: Written by Luke between AD 63 and 70. Divine messages lead Philip to a chance meeting with an official, who enthusiastically converts. In Greek, "eunuch" can also mean one who holds an important office, such as lord chamberlain, because many people in court were required to be, or started in humbler statuses looking after noblewomen. While we can question whether the treasurer was literally castrated, Luke does tell us the eunuch was reading a passage about the Messiah having no descendants. (Isaiah 53:7-8, Greek version). Without regard to the limitations placed on eunuchs in Deuteronomy 23:1 and Leviticus 21:20, Philip baptize the eunuch, as an expression not only of Christianity releasing the taboos of the Hebrew Bible, but also of Christianity welcoming all who wish to join it, even those who would be barred from full participation in other religions.
Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation, night 6; Bible quotes; sad stuff; long; food mention
Tonight, the book I added is my commonplace book, which is the book I treasure most right now. It's full of things I've handwritten that I think are helpful guidance, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, poetry about illumination experiences, and tips for self-care when you're sick or upset.
Tonight, I read aloud to the spirits these pages in my commonplace book, where I'd written some Bible quotes that feel welcoming to me as a queer person. I explained to our trancestors that I understand if they have complicated or not-so-great feelings about the Bible, since it's been used to hurt us, but I know probably a lot of our trancestors grew up in a Christian background, like I did, and the pain there is something that I've been working on for myself.
Instead of just the excerpt I'd handwritten, I read the entire Acts 8 aloud directly from the Bible, and I was struck by how its excerpt from Isaiah 53:7-8 (Greek version) describes a situation so like what our trancestors have suffered: innocent lives cut short by a violent death with no justice. I had to take a few minutes to collect myself, when I read that to them, but I think it was one kind of memorial song that they needed.
One book taller, now, with fresh water, and a new chocolate.
Image transcripts in reply.
#Autistic trans folks, have any of you noticed a significant change in your autism symptoms after/during transitioning?
Engineer shows off her awesome mechanical dinosaur costume https://boingboing.net/2019/10/12/engineer-tests-out-her-awesome.html
Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation; description of image in previous post; long; food
The center of this simple altar has a glass of water atop a stack of five books, which represents elevating the trans ancestors.
The books are Transgender Warriors, Hermaphrodeities, Genderqueer, Transgender Liberation, and Hello Cruel World.
To the sides are paper marigolds (as for Day of the Dead), tumbled crystals (for grounding negativity and healing), a dollhouse sofa (for spirits to rest), and a chocolate.
Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation
Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation, 5th night. We have always been here, and every one of us will always matter for having existed.
x-gender in Japan
I could swear that I had recently seen an article or category on Wikipedia listing notable x-gender people in Japan, but now I can't find it. I don't know if I was mistaken, or if it already got taken down, since Wikipedia has been so aggressive about taking down everything about x-gender, there isn't even an article about it on the English wikipedia anymore. Anyway, I managed to find three notable x-gender people to add to our article on nonbinary.wiki. All three are manga artists! (The author of Fushigi Yugi is one of them, they just came out this year!) Do you know of any other notable x-gender people to add?
nonbinary history (+)
Wikipedians have been doing an amazing job at expanding content about nonbinary gender, especially biographies of nonbinary people. In some aspects, surpassing the nonbinary.wiki. I've been having a great time learning about Claude Cahun (a Jewish surrealist artist who was a resistance activist against the Nazis in WWII) and many other amazing nonbinary people from history. Have fun exploring:
My 15yo kid just came out to me tonight as trans male. In order to be more supportive, I would really like some feedback from other trans folks on how to assist or better understand this process, especially on how that works today vs 30 years ago.
Caveat- I had a parent who is trans, but this isn't the same kind of relationship. I would actually be assisting my minor child in this change, so that makes me a more active participant in the process.
Feel free to boost. #trans
The Well-Tempered Synthesizer by Wendy Carlos turns 50 years old this month. After demonstrating that synthesizers were Musical As Fuck with Switched-On Bach, her second album goes a step further, capturing the nuances of Handel and Scarlatti, and even having an admirable shot at vocal synthesis. Give it a listen!
For whatever reason, Wendy's entire back catalogue outside the Tron OST remains tragically unavailiable, but Archive Dot Org has us covered.
I offer Public Universal Friend, reborn genderless in 1776, as a counterpoint to people who think non-binary identities are a new thing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Universal_Friend
School taught me that there are exclusively four Romance languages. There's actually 23-35 or so, depending on how you count.
School taught me there's exclusively five senses, but Wikipedia lists 13 or so.
Why should I be surprised when "there are exclusively two genders" turns out to be false as well?
Image reposted from @email@example.com (https://twitter.com/IngersollGender/status/1183773716628553728):
1. YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR GENDER ON YOUR WASHINGTON STATE ID TO "X" AS OF NOVEMBER 13
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