2016 marks the year that transgender became a trend as oppose to a gender identity. Daily Mail reports that last year, Chris Mosier became the first transgender athlete to join a national team in the United States. Since then, the gender identity has been the theme of multiple rumors in Rio: First it was Michael Phelps’ wife then it was Katie Ledecky.
Mark Sameth’s New York Times article “Is God Transgender?” went viral yesterday leading to a variety of reactions. The article begins with a discussion about Gavin Grimm, the transgender student who resides in Gloucester County, VA. Grimm was born a female yet he identifies as a male.
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In 2015, he sued his school board for not allowing him to use the boys’ bathroom. He won and the policy was ruled unlawful. Since then, the Supreme Court has placed a temporary hold on the lower court’s order. Sameth explains that gender fluidity was the mark of a civilized person in the ancient world. He brings up an issue that Jamal Lyon has been discussing with Lucious since Empire‘s first season:
“Gender…is more like music: Each of us has a key and a range with which we are most comfortable. Attuned to ourselves and to one another, we can find happiness and harmony.”
I agree with Mark in regard to that issue yet I don’t think that God belong in the debate. While many believe that God was male, I believe that God transcends gender. Transgender is defined as identifying with a gender that is different from the one that corresponds with a person’s sexual designation at birth. The key here is that although it is not male nor female, it is a gender identity therefore it should not be used to characterize the gender of God.