i found in my pursuit of God that He was much more hotly in pursuit of me.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

are you a boy or a girl? and if you KNOW for sure, do you take that knowledge for granted?

this is a video created by my cousin-in-law, melissa harrington wolf. it is about the journey taken by her husband, my cousin colin. my cousin colin, who as a little six year old girl called colleen would pray to God that she would wake up tomorrow with a penis. she would tell God that if she could try the penis out for just one day, she would give it back the next day (all while planning to trick God, and keep the penis, because she knew that it was right. that she should have been born with one to begin with). i love my cousin and i accept him unconditionally.

i share this because i love him, and i think that lack of information is the greatest creator of fear other than the devil himself. i realize that i have a conservative readership, but i trust you all to respond with kindness and not cruelty.

enjoy this beautiful photographic journey.



arrviderci, rebecca marie

9 flattering compliments:

Blogger LoriLoo310 gushed...

What I loved most about that video was reading how supportive and loving his family was when he came to the decision to change genders. Thank you for posting that. It's so refreshing to see that there are people in this world who are loving and accepting, no matter what.

6/04/2008 9:46 AM  
Blogger Rebecca gushed...

I thought that was really beautiful.

6/04/2008 9:52 AM  
Blogger rebecca marie gushed...

i actually got a hot flash and an adrenaliene (not going to look that up) rush when i saw that i had two comments. i was so thankful to read them both.

thank you.

6/04/2008 10:28 AM  
Blogger Gina gushed...

It must have been so difficult and painful for him to have to deal with those feelings growing up--as if growing up isn't painful enough as it is! What a blessing that he had such a loving, supportive family to help him through it and stand by him as he made the transition. I wish every transgendered person had that kind of love and support.

6/04/2008 12:20 PM  
Blogger breanna gushed...

i can't imagine how painfully difficult that must have been for colin, or anyone experiencing the same thing.

i really noticed that the pics of colin seem so much more centered, comfortable. coleen really looked uncomfortable within herself, if that makes sense.

6/05/2008 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Janni Laine gushed...

RM and I have talked on more than one occasion what we take for granted. Just sexual orientation and gender alone are things that most people don't have to 'deal with' on a daily basis. We just get to get up and get dressed.... Where other people are ridiculed, hated and abused for just trying to be who they ARE.

6/05/2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger rebecca marie gushed...

i know just what you mean about the pictures, breanna. i remember the first time i spent time with colin, and i was like, "dude, you're a DUDE, dude!"

i especially love the picture of him and his wife and step daughter. he is just any-man usa. handsome, happy, whole.

6/05/2008 10:33 AM  
Blogger tabitha jane gushed...

loved this slideshow. there are so many complex issues here that are often just glazed over and shoved aside. i wish more people were willing to open up and consider them.

thanks becky!

6/17/2008 12:39 PM  
Blogger rebecca marie gushed...

amen tabitha, like the fact that there are people born with both sets of genitalia, the fact that there are people born with none, the fact that some people are born with one set of genitalia on the outside that does NOT match the reproduction organs on the inside, and so on and so on and so on.

it is sooo much more complex than so many of our (me and you) contemporaries are willing to admit, let alone discuss.

being one sex or another is, unfortunately, not as simple as it seems "on the outside."

do i think that some people make the choice for gender reassignment, rather than "fix something that is broken." of course. but in colin's case, i really believe he fixed something that was broken.

6/18/2008 10:21 AM  

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