From My Mind

Politically Correct

August 7, 2012
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Politically Correct

Years ago, I joined the Masonic Lodge. I was drawn to the idea of apprenticeship, of subjecting myself to the tutelage of men who’d mastered the art of manhood. Over the course of two years I was instructed how to shape a cornerstone of character, about the need for proportion and balance in one’s...

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Our Cozy Little Subculture

August 2, 2012
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Our Cozy Little Subculture

I have to admit, I feel more comfortable in the so called “Gay Community” than I do in mainstream society. In the Gay Community I find people who’ve struggled with suppressed identities, people who’ve wrestled with shame, people who fight ignorance – compatriots in the march toward equality. But most importantly, I find people...

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Fossils

July 25, 2012
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Fossils

The old specter of Social Darwinism has reared its ugly head. The Republicans are advocating a “survival of the fittest” brand of laissez-faire economics. They want government to do little or nothing to help those in need in order to facilitate “natural selection.” The problem with the reemergence of this brand of Social Darwinism...

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A Path to Peace…

May 17, 2012
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A Path to Peace…

When I was young I grappled with two significant issues: my calling to be a pastor and my gender identity conflict. Though I remember feeling confused about my gender at a very early age, I don’t think I started wondering if I’d been born the wrong sex until I was nine or ten years...

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One Life, Two Funerals

March 18, 2012
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One Life, Two Funerals

It’s a common thing, to go to a funeral and barely recognize the person lying in the casket. Death is hard on a body. The process of embalming can leave a person bloated, lips stretched thin, eyes bulging inside their lids, and the cosmetics: rouge on the cheeks, eyeliner and lipstick can make a...

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Courage: Flex It Like a Muscle

March 18, 2012
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Courage: Flex It Like a Muscle

I believe a coward can be brave. In a flourishing, thoughtless moment a coward can forget his fear, look beyond his need for self preservation and perform an act of bravery. But, as soon as that moment is gone, he may revert to cowardice. You might ask, “How can this be true? Aren’t cowards...

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Broken Nails

March 18, 2012
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Broken Nails

In October 2000 the Oklahoma City chapter of Exchange Clubs International declared me “Officer of the Year.” The United States Department of Justice gave me a Community Leadership award for helping the FBI investigate Asian Organized Crime, for volunteering to teach kids to say no to drugs at Camp DEFY (Drug Education for Youth),...

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Biology and Destiny

March 18, 2012
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Biology and Destiny

In 1993 I took a class, Gender in Renaissance Literature. During the first few weeks, we didn’t discuss the Renaissance at all, much less any bit of literature. Instead, the professor taught us the basics of feminist theory. At first I thought this was a kind of bait-and-switch deal so the professor could teach...

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Still in Transition

September 13, 2011
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Still in Transition

In 1997 I began to question my gender identity in a serious way. I began to think of myself as transgender, a word I learned from a book: Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein. I remember seeing Gender Outlaw in the student union book store at the University of Oklahoma. It had been shelved in...

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A Rainbow Reflection

September 7, 2011
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A Rainbow Reflection

I heard one of my right wing colleagues complaining the other day, lamenting that the gays have co-opted the rainbow. He said the rainbow is supposed to be a symbol of God’s promise. I didn’t disagree with him, but he seemed to have an exclusive idea of what the rainbow means.  When I asked...

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