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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pride Month Challenge - Day 6

This post is part of a series originally called "30 Day LGBT Challenge" which asks queer-related questions to be answered during Pride Month.  The original questions can be found here.

Day 6:  Did you face any problems regarding religion?

Yesterday I wrote the gist of this... I wasn't interested enough in the religion I was raised into to concern myself with it, and my mom (the religious parent, the reason I even went to church at all) is reasonably tolerant of queerness, so I never internalized much of the external malice toward queer or trans people.

I also converted to Paganism at a young age, so a lot of the formative aspects of my spirituality had not developed.  It's not that I wasn't influenced by Roman Catholicism as a kid, but there were key gaps in that education that made it easy to reject the worst of it outright.

Now, within my current religion I occasionally have problems stemming from people's lack of concern for queer methods of Witchcraft and ritual and a strain of transmisogyny in certain Pagan paths.  Last year at Pagan Spirit Gathering, for instance, I was at a vendor with stuff I intended to buy only to hear the people running it vomiting a bunch of crap about how a trans woman who called out a women's ritual at an event that excluded her, how she "just wanted her fifteen minutes of fame."  There are few explicit problems with trans men in Paganism but women's mysteries traditions have a long history of violent transmisogyny.

As far as personal problems regarding me specifically?  Not a super lot.