The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home. Whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation. Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it.”
— Pope Francis, fresh off making comments on the sanctity of marriage, used his encyclical on the environment to stress the importance of gender differences — a not-so subtle jab at transgender rights. His Holiness has a checkered history with LGBT issues, reportedly meeting with a trans man earlier this year just before comments he had made comparing trans people to nuclear weapons became public.
Les Fabian Brathwaite — just like a queer, no choice your voice can take me there.