queerly it is

The Evidence:
  • The Magic School Bus can time travel
  • When asked, Ms. Frizzle denies that she “knows everything”
  • However, Ms. Frizzle always knows what her students are up to, knows the answer to every question they ask her, and never shows fear even when in extreme mortal peril, as if she’s experienced this all before
  • Although we know she was in a rock band called the Frizzlettes and was a Shakespearean actress, Ms. Frizzle’s childhood remains mysterious
  • Ms. Frizzle is EXACTLY the sort of person to travel back in time to teach herself, and is in fact the most likely fictional character to do so
  • Nobody is ever named “Valerie Frizzle” at birth
  • Ms. Frizzle dresses queerly and laughs at her own bad jokes
  • A lot of the series is about Arnold learning to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy - that phrase is more or less targeted at him as a student
  • Ms. Frizzle looks a lot like a grown-up Arnold

anonymous asked:

Yesterday me and my mom were talking about if everyone viewed God as their "father." I mentioned to her that some refer to God as "She" or "They" , but she thinks that most people do that to be politically correct, and that because the Bible refers to God as the Father, it would be an offense to God to call God anything else. I personally love the idea of referring to God as "Them", but I don't think my mom would agree. Do you have any rebuttals/ways to introduce her to it?

Hi there! A lot of people respond similarly to how your mother did when they first are introduced to the notion that God might be called more than “Father,” more than “He.” Hopefully with time she’ll get it a little better. 

Here’s a passage from God’s Tapestry: Reading the Bible in a World of Religious Diversity about a not-dissimilar conversation between the author, W. Eugene March, and their mother (for the entire passage, see this google-books link):

‘ Some years ago I received an unexpected phone call from my mother. She was clearly agitated and thought I would share her concern, a theological concern. She was agitated about the language that had been used in fashioning a prayer to God in a study book that she and other women in her congregation were using.

…The issue was a prayer on which feminine metaphors were employed to describe God’s love for Israel. Wombs, labor pains, and nursing at nurturing breasts were used in a prayer to God. When Mom and her Bible study friends read this prayer, the explosion was not pleasant. And not surprisingly, an unofficial ‘denominational’ publication circulating widely in her congregation fanned the fire of my mother’s zeal to denounce perceived heresy.

It took me several minutes to get her calmed down enough for us to talk reasonably. When I did, I asked her to read the offending prayer to me. As she did, I recognized the clear influence of Isaiah. I said, “Hey, Mom, that language is straight out of the Bible.”
She said, “It is not!”
I said, “Yes it is!”
“Is not!”
“Is too.”

Finally, I asked her to get her Bible and we had a long-distance Bible study of some selected verses from the book of Isaiah:

For a long time I have held my peace,
I [God] have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labor;
I will gasp and pant. (Isaiah 42:14)

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you. (Isaiah 49:15)

Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her –
that you may nurse and be satisfied
from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
from her glorious bosom.
For thus says the [Holy One]:
I will extend prosperity to her like a river,
and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream;
and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm
and dandled on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child
so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 66:10-13)

After she had read those verses, there was a long pause, and then she said, “When did they put that in there?” “It’s been there all along,” I replied. “Well,” my dear mother continued in a somewhat subdued tone, “why didn’t anyone ever tell me?”

“Why didn’t anyone ever tell me?” That is one of the questions that prompted this book. There are so many misconceptions about what the Bible does and doesn’t say, so much ignorance among otherwise well-educated, capable people. In my experience, the people in the pews are often well ahead of the clergy when it comes to the matters that really count in the way we order our daily lives and structure the communities in which we live. Their attitudes are usually based on what they recognize from their own experience of life. But they need knowledge about the support the Bible can offer and encouragement and permission from their leaders. They often think that what they believe must be heretical or offbeat, since no one assures them otherwise. ’

[end passage]

God exists beyond human language; They will surely not be offended to be called by a variety of terms. God has been called mother and midwife and Woman Wisdom for millennia, in Hebrew scripture before Jesus was born as well as in the earliest of Christian communities.

So when it comes to the fear of causing offense over different words for God, whom are we scared about offending? God? or other humans?

Here’s a post that talks about why we might call God other things beyond “Our Father” (we can keep calling them our Father as well!)

Here’s another post with similar stuff, including links to Bible passages. Because the Bible certainly does call God father, but also mother, and midwife, and rock, and light, and so much more. Lots of gendered language, lots of abstract and non-anthropomorphic language. The more variety we use, the closer we may get to just how big God is.

Here’s a post arguing that God is a woman, God is nonbinary, God is trans. (This one might be a little bit beyond what your mother’s ready to embrace right now, so I’d save this one for her for much later or just enjoy it for yourself.)

And our whole God beyond Gender tag contains even more stuff! Good luck helping your mom explores this. God is so much vaster than our human minds can fathom, but starting to explore many ways of thinking of Them helps. 

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life ruiner otps ~ Anne and Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables

“For a moment Anne’s heart fluttered queerly and for the first time her eyes faltered under Gilbert’s gaze and a rosy flush stained the paleness of her face. It was as if a veil that had hung before her inner consciousness had been lifted, giving to her view a revelation of unsuspected feelings and realities. Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps.. perhaps… love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.”

No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality. Even after over 25 years as a Jesuit, the level of hatred around homosexuality is nearly unbelievable to me, especially when I think of all of the wonderful LGBT friends I have.

The Catholic church must do a much better job of teaching what the Catechism says: that we should treat our LGBT brothers and sisters with ‘respect, sensitivity and compassion.’

But God wants more. God wants us to LOVE. And not a twisted, crabbed, narrow tolerance, which often comes in the guise of condemnations, instructions and admonitions that try to masquerade as love, but actual love.

Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives, every bit as much as straight friends are part of your lives.

Love first. Everything else later. In fact, everything else is meaningless without love.

—  Fr. James Martin, SJ, reminding Christians what it means to be a Christian: we are called to treat all with true, nonjudgmental, unconditional love, embracing even those who are different from us as family in Christ.

fangirl-for-the-broken-inactive  asked:

Hey, Mom? Is it possible to be LGBT+ and still be a Christian?

My dear lgbt+ kid, 

Yes, it certainly is! There are many ways to interpret the Christian faith and there are many people who interpret it in a lgbt+ friendly way (In fact, I am a lgbt+ Christian!). 

Here are some resources for you: 

@queerly-christian is a whole blog dedicated to the topic. 

@ablogaboutgodandlove has many posts about the topic (Example: How to be a Godly lesbian wife). 

@queertheology is another great blog. 

Here you can find an affirming church.

Here’s a post by me about being trans and Christian

You find more posts written by me in my “religion” tag here

The United Church of Christ is a pro-lgbt+ Christian church! 

Here’s a list with even more resources.

I hope this helps! <3 

With all my love, 

Your Tumblr Mom 

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For a moment Anne’s heart fluttered queerly and for the first time her eyes faltered under Gilbert’s gaze and a rosy flush stained the paleness of her face. It was as if a veil that had hung before her inner consciousness had been lifted, giving to her view a revelation of unsuspected feelings and realities. Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one’s life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps… perhaps…love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.

-Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

belated thing for queerly-it-is c: love u even tho ur terrible

I SWEAR THIS WASN’T GONNA BE PUNK AU AT FIRST but then it happened anyways, i’m sorry. also this had a lot more detail at first and like, backgrounds and shit, but then i just.. didn’t. so you get transparency instead.

plumtusion  asked:

Do you know of any black saints? I'm trying to learn more about different saints in general, but I wanted to start there.

Awesome! Some I can name off the top of my head are St. Augustine (yes, one of the most influential theologians was Black) and his mother St. Monica, Felicity and Perpetua (two of my sapphic faves!) Catherine of Alexandria, Martin de Porres (his mother was either African or Native American), St. Moses the Black (yes that’s his title lmao), St. Benedict the Moor (also his official title), and Sister Thea Bowman (a super awesome African American figure). 

And here is a website with a whole list of Black/African Saints. And here’s a webpage with just fifteen if you want to start out with a less overwhelming number. This site (which I also link below) has a good number of the most well-known early African Saints. 

I think people often don’t realize that certain Saints are Black because they are, alas, whitewashed in most images of them (Augustine being a prime example of that). So when you click the links above, you’ll probably take one look at the images included on webpages and go “lol this guy’s not black!” It can be frustrating, but luckily non-whitewashed art is out there – it’s usually very ancient or very contemporary. I’ll include some here.

Felicity and Perpetua, source, source

Augustine and Monica, sourcesource, source

Moses the Black (source), Thea Bowman (source), Martin de Porres (source)

Africa played a key role in early Christianity, and it’s a shame that history tends to be ignored by Christians today. As this webpage attests, three of the earliest popes were African! as were many martyrs. One place you can go to look into that is the website of the Center for Early African Christianity

If anyone has more resources, please share! 

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LISTEN UP.

Let’s talk about queers, children, and ethics.
Firstly, I know that many queer folx can have biological children of their own. And I know many folx who aren’t queer use assistive reproductive technologies.

But, this post is aimed at my queer fam because I see far too many queer people aching for a family who are ready and willing to use assistive reproductive technology - such as sperm donation and artificial insemination - without considering the rights of the donor conceived person.

I get it. You want a family. But it’s a disservice to your child - and to all of us, really - if you decide that your child has to either live a lie or be without vital information. For example, medical information. You say, “well - it’s on the papers!” What if something got overlooked? What if you didn’t go through a regulated sperm bank? Didn’t get crucial tests done to see if your kid may well have some kind of rare genetic illness?

Beyond that - what if your kid wonders where exactly their face came from. Of course, you as a non-donor conceived person might think, “eh, my child won’t care!”

How do you know that, though? Because I can assure you - donor conceived people often want information like that.

The focus on parents, families, and even donors creates HARMFUL policies that constantly centre everybody but the donor conceived person. There are irrational fears about donor conceived children wanting money - but the vast majority of them just want the truth. And policy must reflect that. They must have access to information.

To get to that place, however, we must begin “queering” this kind of technology in a meaningful way. And that means being honest about it from the get-go. That means sharing vital information (yes, including a photo of the donor) if the donor conceived person wants it.

We must crush the taboo surrounding this and must stop assuming that donor conceived people are limited to what we’ve seen on Oprah and other day time television shows. They are not “freaks” with “freaky families” and “a hundred siblings” that they’re always on the look out for. They are human beings - often already marginalized. They are queer, trans, Black, etc. and they have the right to know all parts of them without it being a taboo subject.

I direct this at specifically queer folx because this is a chance to engage in a type of “queer world making” where we augment the definition of “sibling” and we treat assistive reproductive technologies as inherently queer things that are not laced with shame, but are useful, necessary things that we should we honest about.

It’s unfortunate that many queers play into homonationalism and heteronormativity by concealing aspects of their kid’s own creation from them. You should not engage in hiding any aspect of your child’s existence because you “don’t want the donor involved in any capacity - and that includes something as simple as a photo” simply because you want to be a “normal” family unit.

This is our chance to change something queerly, meaningfully, and finally centre the voices of donor conceived people.

anonymous asked:

Are there any examples of nonbinary people in the bible or important Christian people in history that are nonbinary? I'm feeling like I'm not natural and like I'm fake right now and that maybe I'm a mistake and I'd like some comfort and hope I'm wrong

Hello there! I promise you, you are natural, you are not a mistake or faking. I’m nonbinary too, and I know it’s easy to fall into such worries, when society – and many Christians! – surround us with messages that something is “wrong” with us. But we are not called to conform to the messages of the world, but rather to God’s invitation to live abundantly, to become the full selves They made us to be. 

For a response to a common argument against trans people (and/including NB people), “God doesn’t make mistakes,” see this video.

I absolutely believe that many biblical figures and important figures throughout Christian history were nonbinary. The thing is, that term did not exist when they were alive – so the people I list below may not be called nonbinary or have called themselves that, but there is reason to think that many of them would have recognized themselves by that term today, as they did not fit the gender roles associated with their assigned gender in their own time.

In the Bible (includes some general passages as well as specific people)

  • Genesis 1 and 2 – the Creation stories offer some support for nonbinary people: see this post for a brief quote on the matter; Austen Hartke’s two short YouTube videos on Genesis 1 and 2, here and here; and my loooong post on the subject here
  • Joseph of Genesis 37-45 is reimagined as a genderqueer person, Josephine, by one poet, J Mase III. You can hear their spoken word piece on Joseph here (with text below the vid). 
  • Deborah and Jael of the Book of Judges, chapters 4-5, both break from traditional gender roles for women. 
  • Isaiah 11′s vision of the future in which “the lion shall lay down with the lamb” can be seen as the breaking down of binaries. See this awesome poem.
  • Eunuchs in the Bible do not fit into the binary of male and female. See this video by Austen Hartke. See Matthew 19:12 as well. 
  • Jesus himself broke the traditional gender roles of his day! He spoke with women, something men were not supposed to do. 

Saints!

  • Joan of Arc: see this article; and also a verse on Joan on this poem I wrote
  • Francis of Assisi: called “Mother” by his friars and allowed a woman into his order, calling her Brother Jacoba; there’s a verse on Francis in the previous link too; see this article as well
  • Saint Wilgefortis: see this article 
  • And finally, an article on various trans Saints

I hope this helps! If anyone has more, add them on!