A new YouTube released documentary has gained applause for its sensitive and educational portrayal of transgender people.
Voices of Witness: Out of the Box was made by Integrity USA, an LGBT Christian (Episcopalian) organization and features interviews with transgender men and women, Christian bishops and a clinical psychologist.
‘Gender identity and gender expression are issues that can easily be misunderstood and cannot be wrapped up in a neat little box,’ said Louise Brooks, Integrity USA’s communications director. ‘So the goal of Out of the Box was to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.’
The 26-minute documentary includes an interview with clinical psychologist James Walton and Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the first openly gay priest to be ordained bishop.
‘What previous generations understood as givens about gender identity has has increasingly become a complex continuum,’ says Walton in the video, as he explains the difference between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
‘I think God would want us to be talking about this even though it makes us uncomfortable and even though it calls us into unchartered territory,’ Bishop Robinson says.
‘It’s time that we understood the truth being brought to us by the transgender community and we owe it to them, we owe it to ourselves and we owe it to God to explore that truth.’
Watch the video here: