Several years ago, a man said to me…
You are more straight acting than you were when I last saw you. God is at work!
Immediately, I thought…
How did I act gay the last time I saw this guy?
Then, I thought…
He said, “God is at work?” Is that measured by how masculine I am in his eyes?
Over time, I processed this situation and came to this conclusion…
He attempted to affirm me, but his remark was not such an authentic way to do so.
I share this because so many teens that I counsel routinely receive comments about their masculinity (or lack thereof). Some of them are being bullied and vulnerable to suicide. What they need are real friends who see them as whole persons. When we see them as whole persons, we will find genuine ways to affirm them for who they really are – not our perception of their appearance.
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