News and Events > Religious news

Transgender or devoutly Christian? An Iowa teen refuses to choose.


Northern Star Girl:
     Transgender or devoutly Christian? An Iowa teen refuses to choose.

                             The Washington Post

By Casey Parks
December 23, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. EST

Excerpts below:  (Click NEWS Link above to view entire story)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Sid High left church years ago but stayed devoted to God, and so, one Sunday this fall, the teenager and his family gathered in their living room to watch a sermon on YouTube.
           .   .   .   .   .   .
When the pastor of a local Presbyterian church appeared on screen, Sid adjusted the funky button-down shirt he’d found at a thrift store, and he sat a little straighter.

“Today, we’re going to hear a little story about Jesus,” the minister said. “Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem, and some people called the Pharisees come up to him, and they say, ‘Hey, Jesus, watch out. This king named Herod is after you. He wants to harm you, so you might want to run away.’”

Sid understood that kind of danger. He was 18 and transgender in a world that felt increasingly hostile for young people like him. One group of parents had sued the local school district over its trans-friendly policies, and another had managed to shut down a nearby library because it displayed LGBTQ books. Iowa’s governor had even made condemning trans kids a signature part of her reelection campaign.


[0] Message Index

Go to full version