The Reformation Project

“The Reformation Project is a Bible-based, Christian direct action organization that works to promote inclusion of LGBT people by reforming church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. We envision a global church that fully affirms LGBT people.” — from the Reformation Project website.

I’m a Christian housewife. My husband and I belong to what most would consider a conservative church. I’m also intersex; my body isn’t completely female or male.

For a time, I was raised as a boy. And it was during that period in my life that a young man shared the Gospel with me. He could have condemned me for not being masculine enough. Or for being attracted to boys. Or for wearing dresses. Instead, he encouraged me toward a childlike faith in Christ.

I spent about a decade answering inquiries on behalf of a support group for the parents of children born with Mixed Gonadal Dysgenesis—an intersex condition very similar to mine. I learned then that a large minority—if not a majority—of the parents of intersex children are conservative. And they are the audience I had in mind when I started sharing my story. It’s them I hope to persuade to preserve their children’s options. To avoid unnecessary medical treatment. And to support their children when the Church doesn’t.

I have chosen—for the sake of intersex children—to remain outside the debates over LGBT issues. I will say simply that my Lord has called me to love without hesitation. There are enough people willing to argue the doctrinal points.

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  1. Great video and i was very impressed with your presentation Lianne Simone and Dr. Defranza. I have used many of the bibles passages in my past intersex advocacy. Honestly i found several from my own reading of the Bible which for me was very enlightening on my self-discovery of where and how i fit in our very diverse world. You both have privided many people with a better understanding of what is written in the Bible and just how loving and understanding God is. Hopefully those right wing conservative Christians will ne introduced to your understanding and learn to be as understanding and a whole lot less bigoted as they currently are.

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