Blogs by Christine Tsen
5/2/2015 2:34:25 PM
The other day I posted a poem, a sort of a love letter, to all who feel judged because of their gender expression or transition thereof; to those who have been judged based on their sexual orientation; to those who feel hatred and ignorance coming at them; and to those who suffer in silence. It is to these most of all … because they must hide who they are. I posted a love letter … to let them know that they are not alone. That is what I wanted to do.
The responses came in a chorus of resonance peppered with the occasional dissonance. The latter were the inevitable conservatives, sounding somewhat bewildered, skeptical, even disgusted. But most were the harmonic echoes, offering chords of assent and support. So many of them. Resonating chords of love.
However, despite their small number, what was a bit upsetting were the notes of disapproval. I mean, really? Seriously? Those sentiments, I cannot even comprehend. And I see that there are people who actually hold these exclusionary views. I mean, actual people. And they weren’t kidding. Not one note of irony in the lot. How can a person’s very being, their very essence be a cause for judgment by the rest of us? Gender expression in its various forms touches our very essence as human beings. We’re all conceived from Divine will, and none of us (certainly not me) has total clarity with the Divine.
These souls with non-mainstream gender expression deserve our love, not our condemnation. And as long as the specter of ostracism looms over them, they need and deserve our support. Judgment against these enormously gentle people is a judgment against me, against everyone. When confronted by small-mindedness, I fervently believe our task is to be part of the Light – to protect others, to stand up to others whose ideas are negative. I also believe that at our very core, we are vessels through which the Divine Spirit is working to accomplish tasks for our growth, enlightenment, and epiphany. This is one of the things I want to do with my life. I believe this is a God-given task of the human spirit.
One area that I’ve become very passionate about is transgender rights and protection. My own experience with a loved one has precipitated this, and I have come to understand so much about this population and what they go through. There is so much unnecessary pain involved. Body dysphoria is no fun. Each of us has inner knowings about ourselves and our body, and must find our way to being true to who we need to be.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
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The Retreat - Friday, October 31, 2014
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Flying - Sunday, June 08, 2014
To Valinor - Sunday, February 24, 2013
Attraversiamo - Sunday, December 30, 2012
Thankful - Thursday, November 22, 2012
Detours - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Sacrifice - Monday, October 08, 2012
Soulful Thinking - Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Aspiness to Happiness - Sunday, August 12, 2012
A collage of my father. - Monday, March 26, 2012
Tea Talk - Saturday, February 04, 2012
Agape - Monday, January 16, 2012
Spatial Musings - Thursday, December 01, 2011
Spiritual Leeks - Sunday, September 25, 2011
Existential - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Mona Lisa - Friday, May 20, 2011
No Matter What - Monday, May 16, 2011
Firestarter - Sunday, May 08, 2011
Happiness - Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Indigo - Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friendships - Friday, April 22, 2011
Ocean Currents - Monday, April 18, 2011
Elementals - Saturday, April 16, 2011
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