Forum member Marcilla Smith posted this RT video about transgender persons in the US. She says that she herself appears in the video starting at 7:09. I finally found the time to watch the complete video this morning. I'm hesitant to say anything, because the video mentions that one in three transsexual persons winds up committing suicide. This makes me nervous that I could somehow make a bad situation worse. Also, saying anything at all seems to be the opposite of Politically Correct; like asking a black person about race issues. How gauche. But what the heck. I'll be bold and say what's on my mind. I'm curious about Marcilla's experience or views as a transgender person, with respect to three milieu: (1) New World Order conspiracy theorists. A suspicion has occasionally been expressed, that the transgender and transsexual phenomenon is an expression of an Illuminati plot to undermine traditional cultural institutions such as the family. I don't think we've ever talked about this much here, except that I have a subliminal (and possibly wrong) memory of Joe expressing some skepticism about Caitlyn Jenner on a podcast some time ago. For an example of this view, see Henry Makow, https://www.savethemales.ca/2013/06/change-your-gender-beat-up-wom.html ...the Illuminati promote the idea that gender is a flexible "feeling," not a fixed biological & psychological state. This undermines traditional societal notions of identity, and morality, making people easier to manipulate. It plays into the depopulation agenda outlined in the UN's notorious Agenda 21. On an esoteric level, the various secret societies hold androgyny and homosexuality in high esteem. Their worship of the hermaphroditic goat demon Baphomet has been widely documented. (2) The workplace. Many jobs tend to be gender identified. While the situation is changing and the women's rights movement has opened up many peoples' minds, and opened cross-gender opportunities, I'm sure that the stereotypical expectations are still reflected in statistical realities. I'm curious if there is a problem for transgenders, with confusion over which gender role they are expected to take in the workplace? I found myself experiencing this confusion too -- I was genuinely offering the situation at Vedrica as possible employment, and found myself wondering how Marcilla would feel about the idea that she could become a forestry worker. Of course I'm sure that there are a few women who work as loggers, but it's mostly considered to be a man's job. The link above also reflects this confusion, as the issue is that a trans woman has continued to work as a mixed martial arts cage fighter, and is now fighting against women after her transition. The writer at Makow's site sees this as a deliberate provocation. The video lists Marcilla's profession as "Special Forces [ret.]", which is another stereotypically masculine occupation. (3) The church. Owing to confusion between gender identification and sexual preference, transsexuality can easily be confused with homosexuality. It's mostly believed that transgendered persons are very rare, perhaps one in 10,000. Before modern times, I'm not sure if the phenomenon was ever recognized or labelled, except generally as a type of "corruption". The abbreviation "LGBT" tends to encourage this perception that all atypical gender phenomena can be grouped into a lump. One of the commenters to the RT video takes what I would consider a traditional Christian viewpoint: You can call yourself a Christian. However, if you're practicing sodomy, you are none of Christs. You may think you know him but he definitely doesn't know you. True followers of Christ are to love God and others. There is nothing in the Bible that tells us to accept a person's sinful lifestyle. Sodomy is fornication. Those who indulge in this sin are going to Hell. Repent before it's too late. I know that many LGBT folks come to the Unitarian group because it's a welcoming place. I wonder if there are very many traditional Catholic or Evangelical churches that are similarly welcoming? I imagine that many LGBT persons would feel they are walking into hostile foreign territory, when walking into a traditionalist church.