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Transgendered issues in religion

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A slideshow exploring transgender issues in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

A slideshow exploring transgender issues in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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  • 1. An exploration of Transgender Issues in Semitic Religions by Toni Kaplan
  • 2. Gender Variant | Transexual Eunuch | Saris | Mukhannathun trans·gen·der Identified with a gender other than the biological one. Gender Variant | Transsexual Eunuch | Saris | Mukhannathun
  • 3. Jenna Talackova transsexual contestant from Canada in Mrs. Universe pageant. Richard O'Brien, transgendered or possible third sex, writer of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Alan L. Hart one of the earliest known FTM transsexuals, pioneer in x-ray photography and diagnosis of tuberculosis.
  • 4. Judaism Gender-variant people are referenced dozens of times in the Hebrew Bible. Isaiah 56: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant — to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial"
  • 5. Some among Jews, Christians and Muslims believe that sex and gender are inflexible, created in the beginning with Adam and Eve. A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 22:5 Judaism - Opposing Viewpoints
  • 6. Judaism In Practice In 2003, there was a rabbinic ruling that stated that sex reassignment surgery (SRS) is valid and acceptable as a treatment of gender dysphoria. In 2006, Elliot Kukla was ordained as the first transgendered
  • 7. Christianity In the New Testament there is a story of the conversion of an Ethiopian Eunuch, a gender minority at the time. Isaiah 53:7-8 Parallels have been made from this story to modern day transgenderism.
  • 8. Christianity - Ambiguity "If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you yourselves are his temple." 1 Corinthians 3:13-17 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28
  • 9. Christianity - Catholicism In 2002 the Vatican's stated that sexual reassignment procedures do not change a person's gender identity within the Catholic church.Transsexual individuals are not eligible to marry, or be ordained to the priesthood. "The key point is that the surgical operation is so superficial and external that it does not change the personality. If the person was male, he remains male. If she was female, she remains female"
  • 10. Christianity - Various The Unitarian Universalist Association and The United Church of Christ General Synod accept transgender and other LGBT people as full members of the church. The United Methodist Church and the Church of England
  • 11. Christianity - Various The Unitarian Universalist Association and The United Church of Christ General Synod accept transgender and other LGBT people as full members of the church. The United Methodist Church and the Church of England Why do you think there is so much variation in Christian views of transsexuality?
  • 12. Islam There is no mention of gender variants in the Qur'an. The following is a passage from the Hadith: "the one who carries in his movements, in his appearance and in his language the characteristics of a woman [...] the one in whom these characteristics are innate, he did not put them on by himself, and therein is no guilt, no blame and no shame"
  • 13. Shi'ite Islam In Iran, where homosexuality is still punishable by death, the government provides subsidies for sex-change operations as a supposed "cure for homosexuality." Why is transexuality more acceptable in Iran than homosexuality?
  • 14. Works Cited "About Transgender Inclusion." The UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns. United Church of Christ, 2008. Web. 22 May 2012. <http://www.ucccoalition.org/resources/articles/ ona_its_about_transgender_too/>. Barford, Vanessa. "Iran's 'diagnosed transsexuals.'" BBC News. N.p., Feb. 2008. Web. 22 May 2012. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7259057.stm>. Thibault, Sean, and Kate Bigam. "Reform Jewish Leader Calls on House to Pass Transgender Inclusive Non-Discrimination Act." Religious ACtion Center for Reform Judaism. N.p., 29 Oct. 2007. Web. 22 May 2012. <http://rac.org/Articles/index.cfm? id=2570&pge_prg_id=4506>. "TransTests: Expliring Gender in Jewish Sacred Texts." Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversit. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2012. <http://www.jewishmosaic.org/verses/