Televangelist Pat Robertson Affirms Transgender Identities


Pat Robertson (7-29-13)

In a refreshing change of pace from his usual anti-LGBT condemnations, evangelist Pat Robertson used his question-and-answer time on The 700 Club today to affirm people who are transgender. It wasn’t clear that Robertson fully understood trans identities, but he did say that there was nothing wrong with transitioning and respecting people who do:

ROBERTSON: I think there are men who are in a woman’s body. It’s very rare, but it’s true — or women that are in men’s bodies. And they want a sex change, and that is a very permanent thing — believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and you are shot up with various kinds of hormones. It’s a radical procedure.

I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that. I don’t condemn somebody for doing that.

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Robertson seemed to equivocate about how trans people should be legally identified, but nonetheless discouraged the viewer who had submitted the question from judging the trans individuals: “It’s not for you to decide or to judge.” He may want a “Vomit” button for when he sees gay couples kissing on Facebook, and he may compare them to murderers, rapists, and thieves, but at least he seems to appreciate what trans people experience.

Given trans people experience high rates of discrimination and have no protections nationally or in 33 states, Robertson’s affirmation could have a profound positive fact among social conservatives.