Being a Christian is a having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It has nothing to do what the church one attends, where they come from, or what their economic status is. I'm a transgender person and have bee a Christian for 38 years.
I don't blame anyone from walking away from a place which demeans and humiliates others because of who they are. I know of three women who were tossed out of their church because they were lesbian. People who call themselves 'Christian' and demean others are a stench in God's nostrils. Sadly, much of Christianity in America is cultural. Americanism, militarism, Republicanism (nothing against Republicans) and power is called Christian and it's a big fat LIE.
I have vowed that if anyone uses religion, the bible, or anything to demean LGBT people, I will speak out. We are normal like anyone else. I have more respect for someone who is willing to see what we're about and is confused because there's some hope for them. I'm proud to be a disciple of Christ and a transgender person.
K0v0, your post is interesting and presents many valid points. Thank you for sharing.