Christian Teacher Claims Faith Requires Him to Misgender

I would really like to know what verses in the bible or what part of his faith that’s written down in a book requires this of him. Also, “being enthusiastic” about something is irrelevant. I do stuff on a daily basis I’m not enthusiastic about, but I do it anyway because it’s the right thing to do or I know there will be consequences if I don’t. It is possible to do it even if he’s not enthusiastic.

A teacher is suing his school – claiming his Christian faith requires him to misgender a transgender student.

Maths teacher Joshua Sutcliffe, from Oxford, had repeatedly refused to refer to the transgender boy by his preferred gender.

The teacher was suspended from Cherwell School after the pupil – whose identity is being kept private – complained that Mr Sutcliffe repeatedly referred to him as female.

Mr Sutcliffe refused to agree to respect the pupil’s gender, and in a letter to the school insisted his faith required him to misgender the transgender boy.

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15 Year Old Trans Boy Suicide

Is it really so hard to simply use a different name when talking to someone? To use different pronouns? If you want someone to respect you, you need to show respect yourself. Of course I’m sure the school doesn’t feel they did anything wrong so they will not have to  live with any blame because as far as they’re concerned, there is none. Why would they accept him as a student in an all girls grammar school yet not treat him as a boy? Why didn’t they insist he go elsewhere?

A transgender teenage boy died by suicide after his school refused to accept his transition, an inquest has heard.

Leo Etherington, 15, had attended Wycombe High School – a girls’ grammar school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

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Russian newspaper columnist just discovered gay people

She really just needs to crawl back under the rock she’s existed under for her whole life. Maybe Russia should shut itself off from the world like its friends in North Korea.

A Russian newspaper columnist just discovered Manchester’s Gay Village, and she’s not happy.

Alisa Titko, a columnist for the country’s biggest-selling newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, which has ties to the Kremlin, went on a horrific anti-LGBT diatribe in a column about the English city of Manchester.

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Save the Day, Get the Girl

Another story from Not Always Right’s sister site Not Always Romantic. This story takes place at a pub in London, England

(I am a girl. I am with my gay best friend, who is a guy. We are having a drink in a local pub.)

Homophobic Patrons:*hurling homophobic abuse at my friend*

My Friend: “I think I need to go. I’m not feeling very comfortable here.”

(Suddenly, a guy at the table next to us pipes in.)

Guy: “No! Don’t leave! You’ll only make them win!”

(The guy then stands up and confronts the homophobes.)

Guy: “I heard that the biggest abusers of gays are closet gays themselves that don’t have the emotional security to come to terms with themselves, and so take it out on those that do, out of jealousy.”

Homophobe #1: “Shut up, you gaylord! Or do you want to take it outside?”

Guy: “I would love to, and so would my friends drinking with me celebrating our recent win at the Ju-jitsu tournament.”

(The guy gestures to a table of about seven men; all seven stand to back him up. We are all suddenly aware of the large trophy in the middle of their table, clearly awarded for a martial arts tournament.)

Homophobe #1: “Hey, no worries man. I wasn’t trying to involve you anyway.”

Guy: “Yes you were. You were abusing someone that you didn’t know out of ignorance and insecurity, and no one should have to suffer because you’re useless as decent human being. Now, apologise to my friend and then leave this bar before you embarrass yourself even more.”

(Homophobe #1 turns to my friend.)

Homophobe #1:muttering softly* “Sorry.”

Guy: “Louder, please.”

Homophobe: “I’m… sorry.”

(The humiliated homophobe leaves with his friends. Our heroic saviour then turns to my friend.)

Guy: “Are you okay, mate?”

My Friend: “Are you gay?”

Guy:*laughs* “No, my friend. But thanks, I’m flattered.”

My Friend: “No, not for me! For her!”

(My friend shoves me in front of the guy.)

My Friend: “This is my friend. She is single, gorgeous, and in need of a heroic man in her life. You guys have a drink on me, because, trust me, if she doesn’t start dating you, I will!”

(The guy graciously accepts, and has a drink with me. Twelve years later, we are now married with children, with my friend as one of the godparents!)




Meanwhile in Scotland…

To lighten the mood, just a bit, there’s news that the Episcopal Church in Scotland has now removed the ban on same-sex marriages there. ❤

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Scottish Episcopal Church may become the first major church in the United Kingdom to allow its clergy to conduct same-sex weddings in churches.

The General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, meeting in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, passed on first reading a change to its canon law definition of marriage Friday (June 10).

The change deletes a doctrinal statement that says marriage is to be understood as a union “of one man and one woman.”

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Majority of primates call for temporary Episcopal Church sanctions

I can’t think of a more appropriate name for these church people who reject the marriage of two women or two men: PRIMATES. But I take the more commonly known meaning of the word.

[Episcopal News Service — Canterbury, England] A majority of Anglican primates Jan. 14 asked that the Episcopal Church, for a period of three years, “no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity.”

Expressing their unanimous desire to walk together, the primates said that their call comes in response to the decision by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention last June to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman (Resolution A036) and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples (Resolution A054).

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This Is What Dating Is Like When You’re LGBT And Disabled

It’s been a while now, but I’ve slept with a blind lesbian before. Nothing exotic or unnatural about it at all. She was quite good, actually. Lol I just don’t understand how people have this disconnect between their brain and mouth and don’t think before they speak.

Charlie Willis was dancing in a gay club with a man he had just met when the man tried to put his hands down Willis’s trousers. “‘What the hell are you doing?’ I said. And he said, ‘Can you even get an erection?’”

Willis, 24, laughs and then scoffs – a snort of derision. As a bisexual man with cerebral palsy – the cluster of neurologically induced movement disorders – Willis has developed a wealth of responses to crass ignorance. There was, for example, the man on Grindr who said, “You’re way too hot to be disabled.” To which Willis replied, “No, mate. I’m too hot to even talk to you.”

A few days before National Coming Out Day, he has invited BuzzFeed News to his flat in Brighton to discuss the routine idiocy he faces from strangers, dates and even partners.

Another man on Grindr sent the following message: “Oh my god, I’ve never slept with a bisexual person before! That must be really exotic!” Willis rolls his eyes. “I was like, What the hell?! There’s nothing about me or my identity that’s exotic! There’s nothing different about the way I sleep with people.”

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Thou Shalt Not Pick And Choose

Another bit of humor from the site Not Always Right. I find this particularly amusing because the Christians in this story are under the misguided assumption that LGBT folk don’t know the bible.

Restaurant | London, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Bigotry, Food & Drink, Religion

(I and my girlfriend work at the same restaurant, I’m the head chef and she’s the manager. We’re both women and although we don’t hide our relationship, we don’t flaunt it either. My girlfriend has finished for the day and the owner has come in to cover her. She comes into the kitchen to say goodbye to everyone and kisses me (a very brief kiss on the lips) then leaves. Five minutes later the owner comes in to me to say a complaint has been made by a customer regarding a ‘lesbionic’ relationship.)

Owner: “This woman’s being a right bitch about it, saying she won’t pay for her meal, it ruined her night, it’s blasphemous, and everyone’s going to Hell.”

Me: “She’s one of those. I’ll go deal with her.”

(I go to the customer and introduce myself as the head chef. She’s about 30, expensively dressed (her dress looks silk but the belt, collar, & cuffs are sequined), lots of jewellery, and a tattoo on her ankle of rosary beads. She’s with a man a little older that her, clean shaven, short back and sides hair cut.)

Customer: “The food was delicious. Are you in charge? Do you know you have lesbians in your kitchen? Maybe you should tell them not everyone wants to see that sort of thing. It’s terribly upsetting and offensive to my religious beliefs.”

(I have done my fair share of reading on the subject of homosexuality and the Bible, so I have an answer well prepared for people like her.)

Me: “Have you read the Bible? Timothy 2:9 says ‘I want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not adorning themselves with gold or pearls or expensive clothes.’ That’s some nice jewellery you’re wearing. It also says, Leviticus 19:19 ‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.’ Your silk dress is beautiful, as are the collar and cuffs. In a different material. It also says Leviticus 19:28 ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves.’ I like your rosary tattoo. It also says Leviticus 19:27 ‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.’ Your husband looks very smart tonight. It also says Leviticus 11:8 ‘You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.’ And Leviticus 11:10 ‘And all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you.” I believe they refer to pork and shellfish. How was your ‘surf & turf?’ We only use the best pork sausages and finest lobster.”

(The man sits there with his head bowed but the woman stares at me with pure hatred.)

Me: “Now, I don’t know about you but it seems silly that you are willing to overlook all those sins about yourself and focus on one thing that isn’t even mentioned in the Bible. If I was as judgemental as you I would say you only kicked up a fuss to get out of paying for you meal. But that’s like stealing. I’ll send a waitress over with your bill.”

(I went back to cooking. I could hear a couple of other customers laughing at the woman. The husband paid, leaving a big tip. I could see them outside having what looked like a pretty good argument!)



19 Reasons Why Manchester Is The Most LGBT-Friendly City In The UK

I’ve been to England three times. Each time I flew into Manchester’s airport as it’s cheaper than London and nearer my friend’s home in Morcambe (just outside of Lancaster). Last time I visited in 2010, I met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages and spent the night in Manchester. It’s a lovely city and I’m glad to know of it’s friendliness toward LGBT.

19 Reasons