The National Organization for Marriage decided, for reasons unfathomable to me, that YouTube…
Siobhan O'leary
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Hi Siobhan!

My name is John Giurin; I’m the minister of a small congregation in Southwestern Ontario. About two years ago my wee church decided to be fully affirming of the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in all of the rights and privileges of being part of our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Following our vote, I took a bit of a straw poll asking why folks voted as they did: the majority of them said “because God made them that way, and if that’s the case, then why should they be excluded from God’s love.” So, bottom line, it’s my congregations belief (and mine) that we are all God’s creatures and worthy of being loved and called to love one another equally. Pretty simple, I think.
Your piece about the “National Organization for Marriage” and it’s opposition to Trans-rights (and even legitimacy) is well-written and remarkably kind (given the honestly hateful nature of the group and people that support their mindset) and I want to thank you for sharing your thoughts.
I guess for me, I see us all as equally weird and wonderful; there are variations on the theme of what it means to be human that are beyond counting and even imagining; as a case in point, I offer you people who “suffer” (not comfortable with that word but I can’t think of another right now) Body Identity Integrity Disorder (BIID)
“When a person’s idea of how they should look does not match their actual physical form, it can be caused by Body Integrity Identity Disorder. This condition affects a small percentage of the population and is commonly manifested by a desire to have an amputation of a specific body part.”

This is a pretty extreme condition, and very rare, but it seems to me proof that as far as being human is concerned, there are infinite possibilities, and we can’t really judge one another for being who we have been made to be. Instead, we should do our best to understand one another and to love each other with all our faults and foibles. Plus, when I think of the number of talented folks and their many gifts I’ve met over the years, I can’t help but pause and wonder and say “Wow!, God has done a pretty amazing job with us.” Trans, Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Whatever. We are all humans, and that should be what matters most to see one another as weird, wonderful and amazing.

Sadly, the people behind NOM aren’t so amazing; they are rather embarrassing, to be honest. They are weird (and worse) but decidedly not so wonderful. In response to your article, I just wanted to stand up and say that I think that your advocacy for Trans rights and inclusion is wonderful, and that you have a fan and supporter.
Hope you’re having a great day!

John