It feels kind of redundant of me to write about gender today because I’ve done a lot of work and writing around gender issues in the last few years. One of the biggest things that I’ve done, with my wife and coven mates, was bring the issues of gender and transgender to the forefront of the pagan community at Pantheacon in 2011. You can read more about why I wanted to do the activism at Pantheacon in our anthology “Gender and Transgender in Modern Paganism,” which we did the year following our actions. (And there’s many posts and interviews about gender issues that you can search for here.)
After 2012, the coven started moving towards doing more work around radical inclusion and being support for other groups who have taken up the mantle of gender issues (such as CAYA Coven, who have done fantastic work since). We were happy to see other people and groups move forward with the activism that we started. It doesn’t mean that gender and transgender issues aren’t important to us anymore, however. We strive to be radically inclusive, which means that we try to be a safe group and create safer spaces for people of all gender expressions just because it’s the right thing to do.
The one thing that I’ve learned through all of this is that the societal ideas of gender are archaic and not the rigid molds that people like to think they are. I’ve also learned that ascribing strict gender to deity doesn’t work, either.
Besides, when I ask deities about gender stuff, they also say “Oh, that’s a human thing…” and they give the impression that we’re making too much out of it. Granted, it’s not that simple in reality, but I hope that one day our society will get to a point where gender is seen as just a part of a person’s identity and not a set of societal expectations.
This is part of a series of writings on social justice for 30 days. You’re welcome to join me.