Originally uploaded by p2son.

This weekend at the nation’s largest LGBTIQ youth conference,
I met Sam.

Immediately my Western-trained, binary mind went to work.
Is Sam male or female?
Gay or Staright?

It wasn’t enough to know that Sam writes Poetry
and Sam listens to the Ramones (& 10cc, Britney Spears and Bizet)
and Sam started a GSA last fall.

Why when a friend has a baby my first question is “What is it?” and not “Who is it?” or even “How is it?”

Even those with Bible-phobia can see the beauty in Galatians 3:28,
“In Him the distinctions between
Jew and Gentile,
slave and free man,
male and female,
disappear; you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

I hope I never learn “what” Sam is, unless Sam wants to tell me, rather, I hope I can experience, even in small measure, the wonder of WHO Sam is.

This post has 2 Comments

  1. cml on March 21, 2005 at 2:18 am

    you are a beautiful human being, p. thank you for your calls. they’re getting through, in a way, and they do make a difference.

  2. Ruthie on March 22, 2005 at 6:35 pm

    Ever provocatively thoughtful Peterson 🙂


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