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Bough Down And Pray?

[Autumn Sandeen]

Tree limbs fall and form a cross on a Jesus statue.

Is it blasphemous to evaluate potential miracles based on entertainment value? I mean, this isn’t Jesus showing his face on a tree trunk or via an x-ray vision, or even the Virgin Mary in a chocolate mini-statue or her face on a grilled cheese sandwich.

Having bad weather cause falling boughs to form a cross on a statue of Jesus doesn’t seem entertaining; this potentially has a serious undertone of Jesus taking on fresh burdens during difficult times.

What’s next — Jesus suggesting we sell our possessions and then give the money to the poor? Oh that’s right, Jesus was already quoted as saying that.

Watching people get excited about the miracle of seeing Jesus’ face in a potato chip, or the Virgin Mary’s image in a piece of french toast is always kind of sideshow funny; it’s a little less entertaining see an image of Jesus that reminds me that I personally need to expend energy and resources on burdens — such as working with others to alleviate poverty and homelessness within the transgender community.


Btw, there is a recent article about how homeless transgender youth are actually treated in public spaces. In New York, three transyouth were arested at a Port Authority bus terminal near Sylvia’s Place, a homeless shelter. The three transyouths were charged with trespass for using the women’s room.

Kate Barnhart, director of Sylvia’s Place, had this to say in the article:

“One of the cops, an Officer Robles, said to [three transgender youths], ‘I wouldn’t want my wife in here with you things.’”

Imagine not being able to use a public restroom without being harassed by police — housing and employment issues take on a lot of importance when the lack of a home or job means literally no welcome place to pee.

Why do I feel a burden to help alleviate poverty and homelessness within the transgender community? Solutions to transgender poverty and homelessness will take more than a bough down and prayer.


Autumn Sandeen is the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) secretary, a Transgender Advocacy And Services Center (TASC) of San Diego Planning Group Member, and is a contributing author for the Ex-Gay Watch.

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