To The Christian Who Hates The LGBTQ Community, Homosexuality Is Just One Sin

To The Christian Who Hates The LGBTQ Community, Homosexuality Is Just One Sin

While I stand with you in my disagreement against the sin that is being committed by the LGBTQ community, I stand against those who utilize their disagreements to fuel a malicious mindset.
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Prior to reading this article, I would like to make it as clear as possible to you, the reader, that my goal in writing this is not to support or promote homosexuality, bisexuality, or gender reassignment. I am writing this to bring forward a flaw within the Church in regards to how we address the LGBTQ community. Thank you for taking the time to read. - Sam

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This ruling polarized the nation, sending any and all into a political, religious, and moral battle.

Those within the Christian community did not hold back from speaking out against the new law that directly contradicted their beliefs. For some, this landmark case served as an opportunity to voice not only opinions but hatred. Hatred towards not only homosexuals but all within the LGBTQ community.

As I stated at the beginning of this article, I do not support homosexuality, bisexuality, or gender reassignment. However, I will stand firmly in my belief that it is our job as the Church to love the LGBTQ community to the best of our ability, regardless of our disagreement with their sexual orientation or identification.

Homosexuality is a sin. But guess what, so is pornography addiction, fornication, adultery, and a multitude of other sexual temptations that Christians face on a daily basis. While I stand with you in my disagreement against the sin that is being committed by the LGBTQ community, I stand against those who utilize their disagreements to fuel a malicious mindset towards the people within this community.

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” - John 8:7

We were all born sinners. There’s a wide variety of sin that plagues mankind today. All of humanity struggles with lying, cheating, stealing, cursing, idolatry, and many more sins. Homosexuality is one sin. In the same way that I struggle with idolizing my education or sports, a gay man or woman struggles with feeling inevitably attracted to the same sex.

The issue within the Church comes from the fact that we, as the Body of Christ, have made it our own moral duty to rank or classify sins as better or worse than others. Typically, we consider sins that are more rare to be inherently worse such as murder, pedophilia, adultery, and yes, homosexuality.

However, the narrative we ought to follow is given to us in the word of God.

Matthew 6:14-15 says “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Beloved, who are we to judge and condemn? For we are called to forgive and love as Christ did.

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8

We are all children of God, and whether you like it or not, that makes the lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, or queer people in your midst. Not only your peers but your brothers and sisters.

1 John 4:20 proclaims that “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

Many Christians claim to know and practice this, yet they continue to slander, berate, and condemn those within the LGBTQ community simply because their sin is different.

I cannot stand with a man who is homophobic but remains content to lust after other women in his own relationship. I cannot stand with a woman who despises transgenders, yet complacent in her battle with pornography. We must put an end to holding others to a standard greater than what we hold ourselves to.

I challenge you to be the Christian who actually seeks these people out. Not simply to save them or shove bible knowledge down their throats, but to love and care for them. Not to belittle them, but to speak life and encouragement over them.

Your words either hurt or they heal. Whether you like it or not, your words carry weight and have the power to evoke a multitude of emotions.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:37 that “for by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.”

Let’s be justified by our words, beloved.

Let’s choose to be the hands and feet of Jesus that love these people for exactly who they are, in the same that Christ chose to love you.

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No, I Don't Have To Tell You I'm Trans Before Dating You

Demanding trans people come out to potential partners is transphobic.
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In 2014, Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipina woman, was brutally murdered after having sex with a U.S. marine. The marine in question, Joseph Scott Pemberton, strangled her until she was unconscious and then proceeded to drown her in a toilet bowl.

Understandably, this crime triggered a lot of outrage. But while some were outraged over the horrific nature of the crime, many others were outraged by a different detail in the story. That was because Jennifer Laude had done the unspeakable. She was a trans woman and had not disclosed that information before having sex with Pemberton. So in the minds of many cis people, her death was the price she paid for not disclosing her trans status. Here are some of the comments on CNN's Facebook page when the story broke.

As a trans person, I run into this attitude all the time. I constantly hear cis people raging about how a trans person is "lying" if they don't come out to a potential partner before dating them. Pemberton himself claimed that he felt like he was "raped" because Laude did not come out to him. Even cis people that fashion themselves as "allies" tend to feel similar.

Their argument is that they aren't not attracted to trans people, so they should have a right to know if a potential partner is trans before dating them. These people view transness as a mere physical quality that they just aren't attracted to.

The issue with this logic is that the person in question is obviously attracted to trans people, or else they wouldn't be worried about accidentally going out with one. So these people aren't attracted to trans people because of some physical quality, they aren't attracted to trans people because they are disgusted by the very idea of transness.

Disgust towards trans people is ingrained in all of us from a very early age. The gender binary forms the basis of European societies. It establishes that there are men and there are women, and each has a specific role. For the gender binary to have power, it has to be rigid and inflexible. Thus, from the day we are born, we are taught to believe in a very static and strict form of gender. We learn that if you have a penis, you are a man, and if you have a vagina, you are a woman. Trans people are walking refutations of this concept of gender. Our very existence threatens to undermine the gender binary itself. And for that, we are constantly demonized. For example, trans people, mainly women of color, continue to be slaughtered in droves for being trans.

The justification of transphobic oppression is often that transness is inherently disgusting. For example, the "trans panic" defense still exists to this day. This defense involves the defendant asking for a lesser sentence after killing a trans person because they contend that when they found out the victim was trans, they freaked out and couldn't control themselves. This defense is still legal in every state but California.

And our culture constantly reinforces the notion that transness is undesirable. For example, there is the common trope in fictional media in which a male protagonist is "tricked" into sleeping with a trans woman. The character's disgust after finding out is often used as a punchline.

Thus, not being attracted to trans people is deeply transphobic. The entire notion that someone isn't attracted to a group of very physically diverse group of people because they are trans is built on fear and disgust of trans people. None of this means it is transphobic to not be attracted to individual trans people. Nor is it transphobic to not be attracted to specific genitals. But it is transphobic to claim to not be attracted to all trans, people. For example, there is a difference between saying you won't go out with someone for having a penis and saying you won't go out with someone because they're trans.

So when a cis person argues that a trans person has an obligation to come out to someone before dating them, they are saying trans people have an obligation to accommodate their transphobia. Plus, claiming that trans people are obligated to come out reinforces the idea that not being attracted to trans people is reasonable. But as I've pointed out, not being attracted to trans people supports the idea that transness is disgusting which is the basis for transphobic oppression.

The one scenario in which I would say a trans person should disclose their trans status is if they are going to have sex with someone and are unsure if their partner is attracted to whatever genitals they may have. In that case, I think it's courteous for a trans person to come out to avoid any awkwardness during sex. But even then, a trans person isn't "lying" if they don't come out and their partner is certainly not being "raped."

It is easy to look at the story of Jennifer Laude and claim that her death was due to the actions of one bigot. But it's more complicated than that. Pemberton was the product of a society that told him that disgust towards trans people was reasonable and natural. So when he found out that he accidentally slept with a trans woman, he killed her.

Every single cis person that says that trans people have to come out because they aren't attracted to trans people feeds into the system that caused Jennifer Laude's death. And until those cis people acknowledge their complicity in that system, there will only be more like Jennifer Laude.

SEE ALSO: Yes, You Absolutely Need To Tell Someone You're Trans Before Dating

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10 Men That Will Change Your Mind About Hair Loss

It happens to the best of them, but these men look better with a bald head!

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Hair loss is such a common thing for men to face as they get older. As a society, I feel as though we typically frown upon it. This is probably the case due to the amount of hair transplants and hair products to stop hair loss and start hair growth. However, there are some men who can make the hair loss turn into a great thing because of how good they look bald. So, I have found the best looking bald men (in my opinion, of course!) and put them all into one list for your viewing pleasure!

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1. Will Smith

First of all, I am extremely bias because I believe that Will Smith is the best looking man on this planet (even my boyfriend knows this!). Second, Will Smith is not always bald, but when he is, he tops the list of all bald men. In his role of Deadshot in Suicide Squad, Will was rocking the bald cut and looked absolutely amazing while doing so. 10/10, would recommend.

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2. Idris Elba

Once again, another man that is not usually bald but when he is, he sure does kill. Idris Elba is such a great looking man and has an even better sounding voice. What is better than a man with an accent that looks good bald?


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3. Dwayne Johnson

We all know that the Rock is a favorite among women. He is tall, handsome and has the big strong muscles. Not to mention he plays the sweet father role well and has a great sense of humor. But the most impressive part of him is that he can be bald and pull it off VERY well!

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4. Morris Chestnut

Such a beautiful man with an amazing smile. I am not sure how someone could not love the appearance of Morris Chestnut. Did I mention his smile?

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5. Shemar Moore

Another man with no hair that steals the show with a great smile is Shemar Moore. His bald head stands out in a great way and I think it would be impossible to have this type of list without Shemar on it.

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6. Kobe Bryant

Not only is the MVP of basketball but he might be the MVM (most valued man) of the bald men out there! Once again, another beautiful smile. Not to mention, he's extremely talented.

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7. LL Cool J

A singer and an actor, representing the best of the bald men out there. Such a beautiful smile (are we seeing a trend here?) and an even better looking man. Could not leave LL Cool J off of this list either.

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8. Tyrese Gibson

Another man who can definitely give a positive view on being bald and losing your hair, Tyrese has been doing the look justice for a long time now.

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9. Vin Diesel

We all know him from the Fast and the Furious, but let's recognize that he is a great looking man, rocking the bald head look. We love the movies and we love him. Go you Vin Diesel, keep rocking out and winning over all of our hearts (and eyes!).

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10. Common

What common lacks in hair on his head he gains in facial hair. I swear he has one of the best beards ever. Also, those freckles? Hello? So cute!

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Hopefully, after seeing as these wonderful men absolutely slaying the bald look, you'll think twice about hair loss (whether you're a man or a woman!).

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