"I Am Heretic" is a satirical comic, often accompanied with commentary in the form of an article. Download the comic strip from this issue (right click, save as...).
Sometimes you hear people say they are a "woman in a man's body", or the other way around. From a scientific viewpoint, it's hard to say what they are. Their biology is that of one gender, but their mind of another. From a theistic viewpoint, it would mean God is imperfect. If there's one thing Christians know, it's that God is perfect—except for the time he drowned everyone. "My bad," God said, "but I learned from it." The thing is, though, humans are more than just biology, and religion is full of antiquated morals.
When you first hear about transgenders, you often think, like in the comic strip, that they're just weird and if they have a penis, they're a man. There are some things I'd like to point out with the comic strip. First of all, it's not a simple issue to understand; if a man says he is a woman, you see a man standing there, so your first thought may be just that. Second of all, I wanted to point out that if God exists, it seems he made a mistake by putting a woman in a man's body, which may be why theists are so adamant about transgender being the spawn of Satan or whatever, because they say God is absolutely perfect. Lastly, something that is confusing is the difference between wanting to be and feeling like your are. One might think that transgender people merely want to be the opposite gender, but truth is they feel like the are.
I don't think a deity necessarily must be flawless. It doesn't make sense, as nobody and nothing is or ever will be perfect. Like the Bible clearly shows, God is no exception. Christians turn a blind eye to it. I swear to God, after a gay guy dies and goes to heaven, God waits there to tell him, "Hey, man. Sorry for the prejudice about your being gay. I changed that in the Bible's second edition, although I do not think anyone got the memo." Then there's the thing where the hate of others is the foundation of religion, or at least it seems to be, as religion has inspired so much unwarranted hate.
This isn't a simple issue, as no one, definitely not me, can possibly understand what it's like to be transgender. We can look at our biology, and we can look to ancient books, but both ultimately fall short. The reproductive organs are for reproduction, so two people of opposite genders should pair up, right? To look at it like that is too simple. Homosexuality does appear in nature, so it makes sense to assume transgender animals might also exist, not to mention that humans are part of nature. It's important to note that it appears in nature; it's not a choice or some kind of disease, but rather an individual's personal nature. And you can't fight who you are, and you needn't conform to societal or even biological norms. Besides, we're overcrowded as is and there are plenty of unwanted children in need of parental affection.
What I'm trying to say is, if conservatives argue against LGBT rights with their religion, biology, or by saying how it's unnatural and weird, which they so often do, the defense shouldn't be, "Hey! It is too natural!" The defense should be, "Who the fuck cares if it's natural by our flawed definition?" LGBT persons deserve the same rights and happiness as everybody else. There's nothing wrong or evil about it; they are who they are, like I am who I am, and how they spend their lives should be their business, not the business of someone who doesn't understand it. Live and let live; love and let love; love and let hate.
Conservatives will quote the Bible. But if God sends LGBT people to hell, then perhaps we should find a different deity to worship. The one we have is not very altruistic, or even remotely nice. He loves you, as long as you are his devout slave and obey his arbitrary list of rules. But is that really love? Love should never come with a list of musts. If you need the one you love to behave a certain way, then it isn't love. This applies to God, as well, who obviously has no affection for humans.
There really is no argument against LGBT. The Bible isn't a valid source of information about how LGBT people are evil. Science is meant to explain the world, not morally justify it. Ethics don't come from science or religion, but humankind. In the end, whether something is right or wrong boils down to how it affects people negatively and how it affects people positively. How do LGBT rights affect anyone negatively? Well, some individuals are sickened by it; others are confused, and simply label it as a mental illness. How does it affect anyone positively? Those who are LGBT get to lead happy lives, like everyone else. If you'd ask me, their happiness is more important than making sure homophobes will not have to face their biggest fear: that they, too, are gay.
About being transgender: atheistically, it is a confusing topic; theistically, that is one mighty mistake. Humans are more than just our general biology. We're talking about feelings, and feelings don't follow any rules of logic. How we feel doesn't need any proof to be real, because it's real for us. It all depends on how we choose to perceive life. And even so, it's a good reminder that nature is not only general, but personal. No two humans are exactly the same (okay, that's not strictly speaking true, but generally speaking), so to claim something is a mental disorder when it's their personal, unique nature is pretty stupid. I don't know what the cause is; it could be their genes, but I know it's not that they choose to be "sinners". In any case, God is evil and flawed, LGBT persons are in the right but are not the norm, and love does not exist.
Sucks, don't it?