“What you see in front of you does not match my self-understanding. In my self-understanding, I am a woman,” Reverend Kit Robison declared to his congregation from the pulpit at Grace Lutheran Church in Miami Springs, Florida following his Sunday sermon. He informed the congregation that he intends to undergo a “total transition.”
Rev. Robison is biologically male and has two daughters with his bisexual wife, Christa. He has been an ordained pastor for 13 years, and a pastor at Grace Lutheran Church for three years.
A few members permanently left the church in the weeks following the pastor’s declaration, but “the majority were incredibly supportive,” Rev. Robison said. He insists:
God does not make mistakes, and he didn’t make a mistake with me. God made me a transgender woman. I now have the gift of knowing the experience of both my male and female church members, and I can minister better to both.
Rev. Robison later shared with reporters the childhood experiences that have led him to believe he is a woman inside:
When I was in the first and second grade, I was bullied because I couldn’t follow social norms. Kids can be cruel about enforcing gender norms… so a second-grade boy who wants to play with Barbies is first shunned, then bullied, and finally beaten.
To stop the child from being bullied, his family dissuaded him from playing with dolls and advised him to act tougher. He listened, and overcompensated by developing a hyper-masculine persona: “I had to learn to fit in, so I adopted a persona the world loved.” His internal battle to maintain the image caused him to fall into alcohol addiction. After getting sober 8 ½ years ago, he no longer had a distraction from his urge to be more feminine.
The “Female Brain”
Rev. Robison’s story, which is tragic due to the childhood bullying involved, is a very common narrative amongst the male transgender community – and serves to highlight the poor logic at the foundation of gender identity ideology.
According to transgender theory, there is a center in the brain that makes a woman desire to put on skirts or stilettos, and a girl to play with dolls. When a person engages in such behaviors, it is proof that the person has a “female brain,” and thus, is a woman or girl, the theory goes.
However, “In 1975, only 2 percent of toys in the Sears catalog were targeted specifically to boys or girls,” the Timeline piece “The History of Gendered Children’s Toy Marketing” notes.
On the topic of fashion, Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, traces the history of high heels to Persian men in the 10th century, “who wore heels while on horseback so their feet would fit better in the stirrups. This trend … was then adopted by Europeans at the turn of the 17th century,” Today reports in “The Surprisingly Functional Reason High Heels Were Invented.”
Fashion, hairstyles and toys are determined by the culture of a particular time and place. Most individuals of any society will then conform to many of the traditions and dictates of that culture, including those based on prescribed gender roles, because those who do not conform enough are subjected to social stigma, peer pressure, rejection and bullying.
Gender identity activists do not champion the cultural or social restrictions that are reinforced by bullying. Instead, they encourage children and adults to visually align with the appearance of the opposite sex by consuming medicines and getting amputative surgeries just so they can wear fashions or play with the toys they like. Gender identity culture is attractive to those like Rev. Robison, who wish to deviate widely from the gender norm society assigns to their sex, but fear standing alone. The transgender movement provides these individuals an alternate gender box to which to conform.
Oddities of the Reverend’s Transgender Testimony
Rev. Robison’s statement, “God does not make mistakes, and he didn’t make a mistake with me. God made me a transgender woman,” seems odd, as he does not explain why God appears to made have made the “mistake” of putting his brain in a body so that he must “fix” it with a lifelong regimen of pills and surgeries until his appearance takes on a certain slight, superficial resemblance to a woman, better aligning him with what he believes is his female brain.
He also fails to explain how he can “have the gift of knowing the experience of both my male and female church members” if he claims he was never a man or boy, but a girl and later a woman trapped in a deceptively male body.
Biologically Male Transgender Individuals’ Cherry-Picking
The ordainment of female pastors remains an extremely controversial and heavily debated topic in the United States Lutheran community. Some of the largest Lutheran bodies, like Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), do not ordain women as policy. Of those Lutheran bodies that do, women comprise a significantly lower percentage of the pastors than men – still rare enough to make the news.
Interestingly, Rev. Robison, like most biologically male transgender individuals, expresses no dysphoria or discomfort about holding positions of power – despite the fact that power is socially regarded as a man’s domain – or with holding positions that traditionally were and remain largely reserved for men by men.
It seems that men who identify as women pick and choose which aspects of the socially proscribed feminine gender can “prove” they have female brains, conveniently maintaining the privileges of the male gender role while adapting only the fun, sexy or attention-garnering aspects of what they think it means to be women. While these men say they get “the best of both worlds,” they restrict women into a tighter box than ever by reinforcing the limited notion of what it means to be a woman. They further marginalize women by benefiting from social and governmental policies and programs that were created to increase the participation of women and girls in society by loosening restrictions on what it means to be a woman.
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On a recent Sunday in April, Rev. Kit Robison delivered a sermon about the commandment to love God and your neighbor as yourself.
Un pastor luterano comunicó a los parroquianos que es una mujer y que hará una “transición total”, un anuncio que lo convierte en el primer pastor luterano transgénero de Florida, Estados Unidos, según informó este jueves un medio local de Miami.