As a Master of Divinity Student at Meadville Lombard Theological School, I originally wrote this as my midterm paper for a summer 2022 class I took at Chicago Theological Seminary. The class was Very Different Visions: Jewish and Christian Biblical Interpretations; with professor Nick Schaser. I received an A and now share it with you… Continue reading More than Two Sexes Exist in Jewish and Christian Scripture: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God.
Poem: Shamed into silence – eugenics
Shamed into silence A form of eugenics without killing us Shamed into silence Then cut us and create infertility to fit your binary notions Shamed into silence So we do not talk about our bodies to anyone - hush, you say with your M.D. and Ph.D.! Shamed into silence The government, with its patriarchy, colonialism,… Continue reading Poem: Shamed into silence – eugenics
An Intersex Gay Transgender Man’s Plea: A Call for Action to All Welcoming Queer and LGBTQ+ Loving Religious Affiliations
This poster was shared from Rainbow Human Rights Community on Facebook. My message is an urgent call for action to our intersex allies. Especially if you are a part of any religious affiliation that is adding and lifting up LGBTQ+ people. As a people, who embrace queerology and ethics, it is imperative that we change the narrative… Continue reading An Intersex Gay Transgender Man’s Plea: A Call for Action to All Welcoming Queer and LGBTQ+ Loving Religious Affiliations
This is My Father’s World (3 of 3)
By Jim Costich February 2020 This is the third in a series of three impressionistic writings. These aren’t formal essays but rather are meant to take you along on an emotional journey. It is autobiographical but in no way complete. The music elements are essential because I can not communicate what I’m hoping… Continue reading This is My Father’s World (3 of 3)
While I sit in Facebook Jail
While I sit in Facebook Jail. My thoughts: To every single endosex/cisgender/heterosexual who talks about us intersex people to get "wows" and "laughs" and views at our expense. And worse, by using the wrong language, but Facebook doesn't take you down. Maybe you will someday figure out there is an intersex person's heart on the other… Continue reading While I sit in Facebook Jail
This is My Father’s World (Part 2 of 3)
By James Costich September 7th, 2019 Christianity has come to be nearly synonymous with the hatred, loathing, fear, and condemnation of LGBT people but this is a new development in the history of the religion, and it is far more linked to politics than theology. Since the 1980s it’s been used as a distraction… Continue reading This is My Father’s World (Part 2 of 3)
This is my Father’s World (Part 1 of 3)
Jim Costich June 30th, 2019 It had to be May because I was sitting in my two rope swing hanging from an apple tree covered in blossoms and honeybees. I remember looking down at my Buster Brown’s swinging higher and higher, sun filtering through the leaves and singing at the top of my four-year-old… Continue reading This is my Father’s World (Part 1 of 3)
Examples of Transphobia, Queerphobia, Intersexphobia & Homophobia
The following are examples of Transphobic attitudes (note that sometimes these examples below can be examples of Queerphobia too): The belief/insistence that trans women are not "real women" The belief/insistence that trans men are not "real men". The belief/insistence that non-binary genders are invalid and do not exist. The belief/insistence that transsexual people… Continue reading Examples of Transphobia, Queerphobia, Intersexphobia & Homophobia
Poem: Over 50% would have died.
Over 50% would have died. I just survived what most would not have. No I do not like this world. It is a cruel and cold place for intersex people and transgender people. Most would not have switched their gender to save their lives. I can't respect that. I just survived what most wouldn't have.… Continue reading Poem: Over 50% would have died.
A Woman’s PENIS and A Man’s VAGINA; and explaining this to our children.
Our kids are proof that it is about educating only about the male/man & female/woman binary, and intersex erasure, that messes up the truth around natural bodily variations existing in us humans. You see, our children were taught that intersex bodies and transgender bodies existed. We educated them as soon as I realized I was… Continue reading A Woman’s PENIS and A Man’s VAGINA; and explaining this to our children.