Three men in a Tube–NEW YouTube videos on Transgender Issues

This week on YouTube you will find some new videos on transgender issues including my new one looking at a Christian response to transgender rights.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeaQ2V8I-Ic&hl=en&fs=1]

Here is a GREAT video by slvrwlf about etiquette around transgender people.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr3go4iXUf8&hl=en&fs=1]

Rico’s video coming to the realization of being transgender about three or four months ago.
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  1. dorellostreet on April 22, 2009 at 10:02 am Reply

    I love what you have to say and the way you say it. I am from the UK but I really love your accent. I will be coming back daily to check your blog. I hope you are well 🙂

  2. williehewes on April 24, 2009 at 7:31 am Reply

    Loved your video Peterson. The water-pitcher story is very interesting. Never knew that.

    Like the music, too, works very well with the words. But, erm, would you like a tripod for your birthday? 😉

  3. p2son on April 24, 2009 at 8:18 am Reply

    dorellostreet, I would love you to come to one of my UK shows this month or next! You then get to hear all my accents :-p

    williehewes, so you don’t like that jiggly camera style it took me years to perfect? Hmm. Will I see you? I will be in Southampton and near Cardiff in May.

  4. Oliver Danni on April 24, 2009 at 8:47 am Reply

    Thank you for posting these! I’ve already spread your video all over creation, of course. I appreciated that 2nd one…I usually don’t like those kinds of things, because often they are just one person’s personal preferences for how they want to be interacted with, which they then try to assert as the Preferred Standards of Behavior. This person definitely does some of that, but not as much as others I’ve seen. The one big thing I will call a “mistake” on that person’s part is where they say “if someone is presenting as male, call him ‘he’; if she’s presenting as female, call her ‘she'” because what YOU think equals a “male” or “female” presentation is not always correct, and that enforces the idea that it’s okay to make your own decision about what gender someone else is. If a man decides to wear a dress, for instance, that person MAY be “presenting as female” and wish to be called “she”, or they may be “presenting as a man in a dress” and wish to be called “he”, or they may prefer gender-neutral pronouns or none at all! I know plenty of women (both trans and not) who wear “male” clothing, have short haircuts, and varying amounts of facial hair…and generally they prefer to be called “she” regardless of whether someone thinks they’re “presenting as male” or not. Also, the part where he addresses how to figure out what sexual orientation someone is…I wish he had started with “if you’re trying to figure out what someone’s sexual orientation is, the first thing you should do is figure out why you care so much” instead of “the first thing you should do is figure out what gender the person identifies as”. He addresses that later when he talks about how you don’t need to know someone’s sexual preferences unless you’re planning to have sex with them, but I think that applies to sexual orientation too. You really don’t need to know whether a transgender person has sex with men or women or frickin’ eggplant fritatta, unless you’re hoping to have sex with them and you ARE a man/woman/fritatta.

  5. williehewes on April 26, 2009 at 11:49 am Reply

    Peterson, unfortunately I’m very much booked up for May myself. Lots of comics events going on, and a weekend drawing course.

    Grr, it’s frustrating to know you’re doing cool stuff near me, and being unable to be there.

    • p2son on April 29, 2009 at 7:35 am Reply

      bother! Willie, I was hoping to see you and possibly buy some more Free Z from you. Well we will have to wait and see.
      Marvin wants to see you too!

  6. Buy acai berry on May 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Your blog is very interresting for me, i will come back here..

  7. D. Martino on March 12, 2010 at 12:55 am Reply

    Dear Peterson,

    If you’re going to refer to Old Testament scripture – then please do it accurately. Homosexuality, transgender identity disorder and being a eunuch are all completely different from one another. First let me state that many homosexuals & transgenders that are being healed in Churches across America. Completely healed! But only in churches that stand strong on the Word of God.

    Eunuch in Hebrew “saris” frequently referred to officials who had not been castrated but served in high levels of government and typically as important officials. In the Old Testament – Deuteronomy 23:1 forbid anything that caused mutilation of the male genitals. “No one who has been emasculated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the LORD.” According to the Mosaic Law this procedure was against God’s Will. Just because a man mutilates his genitals doesn’t mean that God had a part in that decision. People make decisions against God’s will all the time. Many ancient cultures performed castration – frequently on slaves. I’m sure the slaves didn’t want that done to them either. Hebrews were not allowed to perform it. The Hebrews were the only people & culture who received the Law directly from God. Don’t dismiss the Old Testament either because Christ Jesus said “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Christ is the fulfillment of the law & prophets. Christ never sinned. God or Logos/Truth in the flesh. He became the perfect sacrifice on the Cross for our sins. He took the punishment belonging to our sins. If we receive Him as our Personal Savior then He is requiring obedience from us.

    If Christian men during early church history performed this procedure (and that’s in debate) – it was not required by God nor did God tell them to do it. Not everyone is given the gift of chastity which is why Apostle Paul seriously suggested that they marry and take female wives. “But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” (I Cr 7:9) We are to flee fornication. It is a sin against one’s own body. Premarital sex is unrighteous behavior.

    Being a eunuch is different than engaging in transgender disorder behavior. The scripture states “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5) God wants the Transgender person to turn to the Lord Jesus. The Law shows us our sin. By seeing our sin – we realize that we need a Savior. By receiving Christ Jesus as our Personal Savior – we receive the eternal gift of life & the indwelling Holy Spirit. When Christians renew their mind in the Word of God – their lives our transformed in Christ. The heterosexual needs a Savior just as much as a transgender or homosexual. But to accept the behavior of homosexuality or transgenderism is simply not biblical anymore than premarital sex or pornography is biblical.

    Remember Peterson….you can’t pick and choose the scriptures. It’s the whole Word of God. Christ said, “But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Know the WHOLE WORD OF GOD….not just a few pieces.

    • anonymous on March 13, 2010 at 1:10 am Reply

      D Martino
      i saw your post because i was looking for testimonies of people healed of transgender and homosexual feelings. i need God to heal me and i just want to know if you know anyone who has been healed of these things?

      • Peterson Toscano on March 13, 2010 at 6:03 am Reply

        For years I looked for healing too and had been to all the major programs in the US and even in the UK. I sought God with all my heart, trusting, believing and yielding, but in the end I never found a single person who actually changed their orientation, just their behavior. And of those most struggled on a daily basis, grew depressed and even suicidal.

        I realized I was begging God to do something I wanted and felt I needed to be normal and accepted.

        You may want to check out the site http://www.beyondexgay.com

        peterson

  8. Zoe Brain on March 12, 2010 at 4:21 am Reply

    D.Martino

    Your exegesis is incomplete.

    Matthew 19:12, delineates 3 types of eunuch. We’d call them the Intersexed (congenitally neither stereotypically male nor female), the castrate, and the celibate.

    Isaiah 56:3-5 states what such people should do, as they are often physically incapable of following some of the laws that cover men and women. And that as the result, they will be given a special place in heaven.

    Let’s now look at Intersex conditions, and the transsexual:

    Male-to-female transsexuals show sex-atypical hypothalamus activation when smelling odorous steroids by Berglund et al Cerebral Cortex 2008 18(8):1900-1908;

    Male–to–female transsexuals have female neuron numbers in a limbic nucleus. Kruiver et al J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2000) 85:2034–2041

    Sexual differentiation of the human brain: relevance for gender identity, transsexualism and sexual orientation. Swaab Gynecol Endocrinol (2004) 19:301–312.

    A sex difference in the human brain and its relation to transsexuality. by Zhou et al Nature (1995) 378:68–70.

    A sex difference in the hypothalamic uncinate nucleus: relationship to gender identity by Garcia-Falgueras et al Brain. 2008 Dec;131(Pt 12):3132-46.

    They are anatomically neither wholly male nor wholly female.

    From
    Sexual Hormones and the Brain: An Essential Alliance for Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation , Garcia-Falgueras A, Swaab DF Pediatric Neuroendocrinology. Endocr Dev. vol 17, pp 22–35

    The fetal brain develops during the intrauterine period in the male direction through a direct action of testosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hormone surge. In this way, our gender identity (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and sexual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. However, since sexual differentiation of the genitals takes place in the first two months of pregnancy and sexual differentiation of the brain starts in the second half of pregnancy, these two processes can be influenced independently, which may result in extreme cases in trans-sexuality. This also means that in the event of ambiguous sex at birth, the degree of masculinization of the genitals may not reflect the degree of masculinization of the brain. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender identity or sexual orientation.

  9. zoebrain on March 13, 2010 at 7:29 am Reply

    Note that because we’re talking about biological anatomy, there is no strict binary. Some people are bisexual or bigendered to a greater or lesser degree.

    These people can change their behaviour, but not their feelings. The majority though only have one choice: to be celibate, or not. The can’t acquire feelings. While there may be a potential whose actualisation has been suppressed, sexual orientation is fixed.

    The number of cases of changed orientation from faith is comparable to the number of amputees who have regrown limbs through prayer.

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