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The Heartwarming Story of The Nun Who Rescues Homeless Transgender Sex Workers and Helps Them Getting Off The Streets

Patagonia, Argentina — A Catholic nun helps homeless transgender sex workers getting off the streets and provides them with jobs and free housing.

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Monica Astroga is a nun of the Discalced Carmelites order. She realised many transgender sex workers in Patagonia were struggling to find jobs, housing, and accessing basic healthcare.
Recently she received a letter from Pope Francis, who congratulated her for her work and encouraged her to keep working with the local transgender community.

She has been working with homeless transgender women for the last 9 years, including them in the activities of the church and providing them with free housing, access to healthcare, a sewing workshop and the ability to learn different skills, such as cooking, hairdressing and sewing.

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True identity: An LGBT flag can be seen in one of the workshops where three transgender women are sewing clothes and chatting.

“One day, one woman came to me and said: Sister, there’s a transvestite in the church. What is she doing here?

She is a transgender woman. What are you doing here? I replied.

A few days later, the woman apologised to me and greeted the transgender woman with a hug.”

Many of these transgender women do not receive palliative care in hospital. The majority of these women have terminal illnesses and hospitals only treat the symptoms of the illness and try to make them comfortable. However, they are normally discharged when they have just a few days left to live.

In an Interview, Monica tells us that initially, all that these girls asked for was a clean bed where they could lay down to sleep and die in peace. “It was heartbreaking to hear that.” She added.

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Homeless Transgender Women participating in the regular activities of the church in Neuquen, Argentina.

Monica tells us that the girls are working very hard. “They are trying very hard to integrate into the labour market.” She said.

They are, in her own words, very intelligent and capable, but our society treats them very badly.

“It is us the ones who force them into sex work by denying them opportunities. If our society changes their mind [about them], we will be able to help them. I want to continue helping getting them off the streets, the addictions to drugs and alcohol.”

“Transgender women are sisters. They are God’s daughters.” She added.

Under Argentina’s Identity act (2012) transgender people are able to legally use public bathrooms corresponding with the gender they identify with, as well as accessing free healthcare, hormone treatment and reassignment surgeries. A large number of transgender people still struggle with the social stigma, the bullying and harassment, despite being protected under law. 

Reykjavik Old School Building Lightens up with Colour to Celebrate Diversiy

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During the first weeks of August, Iceland celebrates Diversity. The theme for the 2016 festival is ‘Our History’ – the history of queer people – and the program, as well as the interviews and articles in the Reykjavik Pride Magazine, focus on various aspects of the theme and reminds that queer history is vast, complicated and varied. The festival program aims to give a tiny insight into this history and encourage the public to take a closer look at LGBTQI history in the community.

The school dates its history back to 1056, while the current iconic building was built in 1846, briefly housing the country’s Parliament.

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Mayor Dagur B Eggertsson said: “It’s amazing something as everyday as the colours of the rainbow can be a symbol for human rights and freedom. And it’s especially beautiful that young and old people joined together to paint it.”


Sources: http://www.icenews.is/2016/08/03/gay-pride-in-reykjavik/ – ttp://www.pinknews.co.uk

Is God Against Same-Gender Relationships?

There is much debate around whether according to the Christian Bible, Same-Gender relationships are permitted within the Christian religion or not.

So is God against same-gender relationships? The short answer is: it depends.

It depends on how literally are we interpreting the bible. If we are going to interpret it literally enough in order to condemn homosexuality, then we have to interpret it literally for everything else. The problem lies in the inconsistency of many preachers and believers who only quote the most convenient parts, in order to make their point across, and completely ignoring others.

It seems, for the most part, that most lgbt-exclusionary churches hold on misinterpretations of the old testament to condemn same-gender relationships. But there is nothing in the bible that suggests that a same-gender relationship between two consenting adults is a bad thing.

When we read the many different passages that talk about abomination this and that, was God talking about modern, present-day loving, committed, faithful, non-cultic, same-gender partnerships or was He talking about pagan sexual rituals in worship of the Canaanite fertility goddess?

Truth is, Moses never mentions homosexuals or homosexuality or lesbians and lesbianism. People who use fake biblical arguments against gays and lesbians, refuse to acknowledge context because if they acknowledge context, they know their arguments will not stand up to logic, will not make sense, will be obviously false.

Some passages in the Old Testament, such as Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 mention that men sleeping with men are an abomination.
Other abominations, according to this book, include eating bacon, getting a tattoo, eating shrimp, etcetera.

Do you think I’m kidding? I’m not!

In the same passages where gay sex is condemned and punished, so is eating shrimp, crop co-mingling, eating rabbit, wearing linen and wool at the same time, and eating raw meat. So biblical literalists better start sewing their own clothes and becoming a vegetarian.

Is this about same-gender relationships or male-homosexual sexual abuse?

In the King James Version, Leviticus 18:22 is translated: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

While newer translations twisted the original text in order to fit their narrative, the original text seemingly talks about the common practise of raping male slaves in those days, rather than consensual same-gender relationships between two consenting adults. The original text completely ignores women (as usual :P)

There are no links between Sodom and Gomorrah and Homosexuality or Lesbianism

No matter how much some radical christians attempt to turn and twist the scriptures around, truth is, the bible never makes this connection. In the 48 verses where Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned there’s no link between homosexuality and Sodom and Gomorrah.

In fact, Jesus did talk about Sodom in Matthew 10:15 and 11:23, Mark 6:11, Luke 10:12 and 17:29 but He never made a connection between Sodom and homosexuality. Homosexuality was not the reason why Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.

In fact, Sodom was destroyed because of their greed.
In Ezekiel 16:48-50 it says: “Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door.” (Ezekiel 16:48-50 NLT)

So this passage only does not say anything about homosexuality. It says that God will judge people based on how they interact with the world around them.

Ok, good for the gays and the lesbians, but what about Transgender Women?

Some radical christians attempt to attack transgender people by mentioning that, in some biblical passages, God allegedly condemns Effeminate men.

Thing is, Transgender Women are not effeminate men or men in a dress*. Transgender women hate the feeling of looking like an effeminate guy.

I hate to look effeminate, Ellie. When I lived as a guy, I was a very masculine guy. When I transitioned, I became a very feminine woman. Truth is, I never was an effeminate man. —Eva C. Transgender. 28 Years old, Amsterdam, NL.

And to those who say that Transition isn’t natural because it wouldn’t be possible without the help of modern science, I’d like to remind them that hormonal replacement therapy isn’t any more unnatural than, let us say, electric power, glasses for the visually impaired, chemotherapy for cancer patients, going to the dentist, or taking ibuprofen to soothe the pain of an ordinary headache. I could go on….

Marriage is not exclusively christian. It is a universal right.

Truth is: Christian people get married, atheists get married, buddhists, muslims, everyone. Even I got married. The word marriage does not belong to Christianity.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UNITED NATIONS declares that you are able to marry anyone you want as long as it’s consensual.
No religion can take that away from you. It is YOUR RIGHT. They don’t get to decide.

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To conclude:

Would God judge a person for being Gay, Lesbian or Transgender? or would He judge them based on the things that they do as PEOPLE?

The reason I ask myself this question is because I know many people within the LGBT community who are amazing citizens. People who are truly committed to making this world a better place, and what they do in their privacy is nobody’s business.

I am convinced that, to any loving parent, it doesn’t matter what their children are, but WHO they are as individuals instead.

My mother said once: I don’t care what my children are. They have a heart of gold and that is all that matters.

I love you, mum.

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 Sources: daily telegraph, gaychristian101, wikipedia