Last spring I received an e-mail from John, a non-gay survivor of the ex-gay movement. He suggested that looking into Intersexuality might be helpful in the discussion around the nature of sexuality and the faith struggle.
I’m not sure if you know anything about intersexuals, as very few Americans are intersexuals, and even the GLBT movement is often unaware of this unique chromosonal makeup.
I think for many people, particularly fundamentalist gays struggling to come out of the movement, this information might really help, since whatever the right may think about gays, there is no way they can claim intersexuals aren’t born that way – though unfortunately, there is now talk on the religious right about the ‘radical hermaphrodite agenda’ (yes, I kid you not.).
This info might de-progam some heteros on the right, too, since they will see that issues of gender aren’t black and white (It helped convert Brian Mclaren, the liberal evangelical theologian, to liberalism, for instance.)
Ten Misconceptions about Intersex
Organisation Intersex International (English)
Internationell Förening för Intersexuella (Swedish)
The Self is Infinitely More Than the Sum of Bodily Parts
Poems, stories and other works by those in the Intersex Community
I also found a recent article published on a Presbyterian website that seeks to educate the church. More Light on Intersex
So how can the reality of Intersexuality help those who struggle with same-sex attractions and sexual differences to embrace themselves? Let’s discuss.