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From his History of the Arians:

But the inheritors of the opinions and impiety of Eusebius and his fellows, the eunuch Leontius, who ought not to remain in communion even as a layman, because he mutilated himself that he might henceforward be at liberty to sleep with one Eustolium, who is a wife as far as he is concerned, but is called a virgin.


And from his Defense of his Flight:

Leontius for instance being censured for his intimacy with a certain young woman, named Eustolium, and prohibited from living with her, mutilated himself for her sake, in order that he might be able to associate with her freely. He did not however clear himself from suspicion, but rather on this account he was [temporarily] degraded from his rank as Presbyter.


Leontia was bishop of Antioch from 344 to 358. She used her boiname Leontius in the role, and her ownname is unknown, so at best we can call her Leontia. It is unclear whether she castrated herself and married her partner before or after this was forbidden to presbyters and bishops. Note that judging by this translation [in the Schaff version], Athanasius degenders both of them, using male pronouns and her boiname for Leontia, as well as a neuter name for Eustolia.
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I usually avoid religious arguments here, because secular arguments can address everyone, while religious arguments can usually only address people drawing from the same religious tradition.

However, so many people are using Christianity as an excuse for misogyny, for transphobia, and for homophobia, that it's important to speak out. I'm more familiar with the arguments concerning transphobia, so I'll stick to these. But all these are places where they are using 'Christianity' to mean patriarchal traditionalism. They'd have been worshipping the emperor and cheering on the lions when that mean patriarchal traditionalism too. They'd have been making wooden frames to drown the impudent slaves in the name of the god of madness when that meant patriarchal traditionalism.

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First of all, we are all children of God. Being born trans is not an abomination, and does not make us abominations. Bashing us is an abomination. I've been beaten unconscious for who I am. A friend of mine was brutally raped. Using religion as an excuse for bashing us is an added abomination.

Jesus singles out two passages of the religious law, and I think we should interpret all His teachings in light of these: "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." [Mark 12:29-31] I think that focusing on the second is the best way to do the first. I think transphobia and homophobia tend to get in the way of loving one's neighbor.

Paul writes that "There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for all are one in Christ Jesus."

Jesus says that "For there are eunuchs who were born eunuchs, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have become eunuchs for the sake of heaven." [Matthew 19:12, depending on the version]

Now some things to note. Matthew doesn't seem to know what to do with the saying, which suggests it's original with Jesus and not something invented by Matthew. Matthew puts it into a discussion of marriage, which seems out-of-place, although some versions completely change the meaning to make it fit.

Born eunuchs are, of course, intersex people. Children who are visibly intersex have often been abandoned. In some societies, trans communities have adopted these children. In other societies, including modern America, doctors have mutilated intersex children's bodies to conform to one or the other binary sex.

Made eunuchs are, of course, who we think of when people refer to eunuchs.

And those who have become eunuchs for the sake of heaven? Historically trans people have often set up religious communities. The best known would be the Hijras in India today, and the Gallae in the ancient mediterranean. Presumably Jesus would rather have trans people set up religious communities within Judaism, and by extension Christianity, instead of being forcibly excluded from Judaism.

The earliest Christians definitely included eunuchs into the community, and there's nothing to suggest they excluded intersex people or trans people. The first Gentile convert to Christianity was an Ethiopian eunuch. [in Acts 8:26-40, and the story refers to Isaiah 56:1-8]
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TRIGGER WARNING

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/13/bill-affecting-transgender-use-restrooms-and-dress/

So he proposes laws that would criminalize peeing while trans. These laws would add to the discrimination, criminalization, poverty, homelessness, and profiling that many trans people face. These laws would get people killed.

But he doesn't just seem to want to starve people to death with his pen, he also talks about beating people to death with his own hands and feet.

“It could happen here,” Floyd said. “I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there — I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there — I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.


I'm not sure which is more appalling. An exterminationist movement relies on both: the bigots-in-power who legislate violence and the bigots-with-their-fists who beat and kill.
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http://www.birdofparadox.net/blog/?p=9171

http://www.birdofparadox.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/press-release_T-attack.pdf

I guess the kind of asshat who thinks any kind of violence is okay as long as it keeps the uppitty *others* down.

http://www.questioningtransphobia.com/?p=3475

In related news, a womon was arrested for using the bathroom in Houston. Because bathroom use is a privilege for Class-A human resources, not one that can be permitted to Class-D or below.
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Must-read posts from other blogs and media:

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"clamavi ad te" by Little Light

http://www.questioningtransphobia.com/?p=3421

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"Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law" by Laura Sullivan

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130833741&f=1014&sc=tw

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