18 July, 2009

transgender identities & spirituality

lately i've been thinking a lot about my transition (medical, mental, emotional, physical...) and how it relates to my spirituality. i don't think that spirituality, at least in my mind, can be ignored when we think about, discuss and reflect upon our transitions (however each of us define our own personal transition).

so many of the steps i've taken in the past two years and have been taking have only helped revitalize, re-energize and essentially awaken my spirit and my internal energy. i feel, in many ways, as if i am just now waking up. i feel more in-tune with myself as an being that is comprised of both a body and a spirit and more in-tune with my own energy, other people's energy and how these energies effect each other. i cannot deny these facts.

i haven't conducted a very thorough search yet, but i have found these resources:
kindred spirits website
transgender spirituality website

if you have any related resources please share by leaving a comment
and for any trans-identified folks who would like to comment on this subject, i'd like to hear what you have to say in regards to your transition and trans identity and your spirituality



Lynnea Urania Stuart said...

In the past 2000 years of the Abrahamic Oppression in the west, the idea of transgender spiritualtiy has been popularly treated as a non-sequitur. Even today, when I talk to other transpeople about the subject, most don't want to talk about it. No wonder, since so little affirmation has come from church or mosque.

We clearly find a line of transgender priesthoods from Uruk to Phoenicia to the Pelasgians and Egyptians. But about the 3rd century, the last of these collapsed at the hands of the Romans.

What we would refer to as "transgender" today concerning these priesthoods more often appears under "eunuch," seeing that "transgender" is a recent term. There were cisgender eunuchs and transgender eunuchs. And the first in Christianity to be baptized outside Palestinian Jewery was in fact a Falasha Saris, the "Ethiopian Eunuch" in Acts 8. Since we only find the masculine used to describe these people shouldn't throw us. Masculine is the default gender for Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. If there is a room full of 30 women and 1 men, one must use the masculine to address them. It would be the same with mixed or compromised gender.

Unfortunately, we find little representation of F2M priests, though one seems to have made it as Pope and even is said to have given birth. The F2M experience is one well worth exploring.

Thanks a million!

Luke said...

thanks for the info!