In the fight for LGBT rights in North America I have frequently made mention of the CMM crowd that oppose them. They are the Christian, Muslim and Mormon faiths who have the wrong idea that homosexuality and transsexuality are choices. Yes, I know that not all Christian denominations are the same and some are actively involved in the fight for those LGBT who have been denied their rights. When it comes to transsexualism, I was surprised to learn that not all Muslim clerics are of the same thought.
In Iran transsexuals are, at least within the religion, accepted. It’s a country where homosexuals could be killed if they are caught but they will provide SRS surgery for transsexuals. In fact, in 1976 the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini, imposed a fatwā* to allow people with hormonal disorders to change sex if they wished, as well as change their birth certificates. Wow! That is way ahead of most other countries including my own and it’s light-years ahead of the US.
Still, not all Muslims clerics think the same. In Malaysia transsexuals can’t get their identification changed even if they’ve had SRS. That is so wrong! In this day and age identification as so important and it’s very difficult to live comfortably as a woman if you have a big “M” on your documentation. In the case of Malaysia one can’t even get the name changed making it even more difficult.
Attitudes are changing. Even in the Mormon church there are many who do understand that homosexuality and transsexualism are not choices but are truths that need to be addressed. They just aren’t addressed at the leadership level because these truths present a quandary in that they also go against some of the basic principles of the faith. In their case all we can do is hope the religion grows up and matures as many of the Christian denominations have. But then the oldest Christian denomination, the Roman Catholics, is still stuck in the dark ages with many of it’s beliefs. That’s not a faith I’m expecting to change soon when it’s highest leadership is incredibly old.
All we can do is do our best to fight for our rights, to educate others on the truth and to try to keep the misconceptions down to a minimum. We are who we are and it’s not our fault.
*A fatwā in the Islamic faith is a religious opinion concerning Islamic law issued by an Islamic scholar.