Some Christians Are Trans - How Does That Work?
Elaine Sommers is the femme name of a male Christian cross dresser living in the Southwest of England. Elaine will speak about her own life experiences and those of some of her transgendered friends.
- Start Date: Tuesday 21 February 2017
- Start Time: 7:30PM
- Location: Pontprennau Community Church
- Speakers: Elaine Sommers
In an interview Elaine is quoted as saying
‘If the Church could discover a more conciliatory and accepting stance in relation to TGs, then much of the bitterness and anger that many transgender people feel concerning their fellow-believers and God could be dissipated. Some of the stories I’ve heard from TG friends about rejection and condemnation make me weep. Could we not get alongside these dear people that God loves so much and share with them the hope and peace in which we believe? That is certainly what I am aiming to do.”
Glossary – some definitions
Transvestite (or Tranny or TV) A person who feels the need to dress and appear as the opposite sex to meet an inner feeling of that gender. Most TVs are male-to-female (M2F).
Crossdresser (CD) The same, though many prefer CD to the clinical sounding transvestite, with its connotations of The Rocky Horror Show etc.
Transsexual (TS) A person who feels they belong in the opposite sex to their bodies. Again most TSs are M2F, with some F2M. Many TSs will only feel right and complete when they have transitioned, i.e. living full-time in the other sex. These will often, but not always, include taking hormones and undergoing gender reassignment surgery (GRS or ‘sex change’).
Transgender (TG) An umbrella term that includes all the above, indicating that all the variants are part of a gender spectrum, rather than in clear-cut boxes. This is the term now commonly used, although some still use it to describe those who have transitioned. TGs are part of the Transgender Community. (From Accepting Evangelicals website)
No charge, all welcome. If you are new to the group you may care to give Andy a ring to let him know you are coming, in case the numbers require that we bring in more chairs.