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29-11-2016, 11:11 PM
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Hello! I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself.

I'm Stefan, and I'm a musician living in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. I am a proud immigrant, transgender man, registered Socialist, and a solid 6 on the Dawkins Scale.

I grew up in a "lovely" Greek Orthodox family that totally loved its icons and the Skydaddy they represent. I grew up in one of the largest Greek churches in the country, which shares its name and services with a Russian Orthodox church a few blocks away. And I was excommunicated, officially, for wearing pants to a service, after the priest at my local Millionaire's Mansion found out that I am queer. You see, Orthodox priests can have lots and lots of kids, and mine did. At least 7 or 8 of them... and I grew up with 2 of them. One of his daughters outed me to her father, who in turn excommunicated me the first opportunity he had. Thankfully, he did not out me to my extremely Orthodox family. Yet, I still lost my entire community. Prior to my official excommunication, I remember asking lots and lots of questions about the stuff in the bible, especially the stuff that has weird translations that make absolutely no sense when they're translated from Greek to English.

While I was kinda bummed about losing my Greek ethnic community, I was thrilled to be free from this repressive nonsense. On the plus side, (if you could call it that!) the priest was reassigned to some congregation in the south for laundering a whole lot of $ for his mansion because living in the official church house attached to the building was apparently too much for a man that's supposed to live in poverty. Plus one of his carS (yes, plural CARS) cost more than what I make in 2-3 years serving differently-abled individuals.

I'm hoping to connect with others, especially Greek or Russian immigrants, who are recovering from such a ludicrous fairy tale. While I consider myself a "devout" atheist, my culture as a Greek-American is centered on the church. Debunking and providing insight to such a horrible institution has become a passion of mine.
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29-11-2016, 11:16 PM
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(29-11-2016 11:11 PM)RecoveringOrthodox Wrote:  Hello! I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself.

I'm Stefan, and I'm a musician living in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. I am a proud immigrant, transgender man, registered Socialist, and a solid 6 on the Dawkins Scale.

I grew up in a "lovely" Greek Orthodox family that totally loved its icons and the Skydaddy they represent. I grew up in one of the largest Greek churches in the country, which shares its name and services with a Russian Orthodox church a few blocks away. And I was excommunicated, officially, for wearing pants to a service, after the priest at my local Millionaire's Mansion found out that I am queer. You see, Orthodox priests can have lots and lots of kids, and mine did. At least 7 or 8 of them... and I grew up with 2 of them. One of his daughters outed me to her father, who in turn excommunicated me the first opportunity he had. Thankfully, he did not out me to my extremely Orthodox family. Yet, I still lost my entire community. Prior to my official excommunication, I remember asking lots and lots of questions about the stuff in the bible, especially the stuff that has weird translations that make absolutely no sense when they're translated from Greek to English.

While I was kinda bummed about losing my Greek ethnic community, I was thrilled to be free from this repressive nonsense. On the plus side, (if you could call it that!) the priest was reassigned to some congregation in the south for laundering a whole lot of $ for his mansion because living in the official church house attached to the building was apparently too much for a man that's supposed to live in poverty. Plus one of his carS (yes, plural CARS) cost more than what I make in 2-3 years serving differently-abled individuals.

I'm hoping to connect with others, especially Greek or Russian immigrants, who are recovering from such a ludicrous fairy tale. While I consider myself a "devout" atheist, my culture as a Greek-American is centered on the church. Debunking and providing insight to such a horrible institution has become a passion of mine.

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29-11-2016, 11:26 PM
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Welcome! Welcome! Glad to have you here. There are a couple of transgender people here I think. My daughter is transgender so you get a great big hug from me. Hug

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29-11-2016, 11:32 PM
Transgender Recovering Orthodox Here!
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30-11-2016, 01:23 AM
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Ah good, welcome, I'm hoping more transpeople will join.

For what it's worth though, it's wrong to blame people for their beliefs. I know that it's hurt you and I'm very sorry for you, but people are raised in social settings with social norms and beliefs that they assume, it forms a very strong part of their world-views, and no one likes having their world-views challenged. Again, welcome!

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30-11-2016, 01:37 AM
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G'day, and welcome. Smile

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30-11-2016, 05:17 AM
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Welcome! We're glad you're here.

But we do have to insist upon very rigid gender roles and sex-definitions, here at TTA.

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30-11-2016, 05:20 AM
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(29-11-2016 11:11 PM)RecoveringOrthodox Wrote:  Hello! I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself.

I'm Stefan, and I'm a musician living in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. I am a proud immigrant, transgender man, registered Socialist, and a solid 6 on the Dawkins Scale.

I grew up in a "lovely" Greek Orthodox family that totally loved its icons and the Skydaddy they represent. I grew up in one of the largest Greek churches in the country, which shares its name and services with a Russian Orthodox church a few blocks away. And I was excommunicated, officially, for wearing pants to a service, after the priest at my local Millionaire's Mansion found out that I am queer. You see, Orthodox priests can have lots and lots of kids, and mine did. At least 7 or 8 of them... and I grew up with 2 of them. One of his daughters outed me to her father, who in turn excommunicated me the first opportunity he had. Thankfully, he did not out me to my extremely Orthodox family. Yet, I still lost my entire community. Prior to my official excommunication, I remember asking lots and lots of questions about the stuff in the bible, especially the stuff that has weird translations that make absolutely no sense when they're translated from Greek to English.

While I was kinda bummed about losing my Greek ethnic community, I was thrilled to be free from this repressive nonsense. On the plus side, (if you could call it that!) the priest was reassigned to some congregation in the south for laundering a whole lot of $ for his mansion because living in the official church house attached to the building was apparently too much for a man that's supposed to live in poverty. Plus one of his carS (yes, plural CARS) cost more than what I make in 2-3 years serving differently-abled individuals.

I'm hoping to connect with others, especially Greek or Russian immigrants, who are recovering from such a ludicrous fairy tale. While I consider myself a "devout" atheist, my culture as a Greek-American is centered on the church. Debunking and providing insight to such a horrible institution has become a passion of mine.

What???

Can you please repeat that?

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30-11-2016, 05:41 AM
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(29-11-2016 11:11 PM)RecoveringOrthodox Wrote:  Hello! I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself.

I'm Stefan, and I'm a musician living in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. I am a proud immigrant, transgender man, registered Socialist, and a solid 6 on the Dawkins Scale.

I grew up in a "lovely" Greek Orthodox family that totally loved its icons and the Skydaddy they represent. I grew up in one of the largest Greek churches in the country, which shares its name and services with a Russian Orthodox church a few blocks away. And I was excommunicated, officially, for wearing pants to a service, after the priest at my local Millionaire's Mansion found out that I am queer. You see, Orthodox priests can have lots and lots of kids, and mine did. At least 7 or 8 of them... and I grew up with 2 of them. One of his daughters outed me to her father, who in turn excommunicated me the first opportunity he had. Thankfully, he did not out me to my extremely Orthodox family. Yet, I still lost my entire community. Prior to my official excommunication, I remember asking lots and lots of questions about the stuff in the bible, especially the stuff that has weird translations that make absolutely no sense when they're translated from Greek to English.

While I was kinda bummed about losing my Greek ethnic community, I was thrilled to be free from this repressive nonsense. On the plus side, (if you could call it that!) the priest was reassigned to some congregation in the south for laundering a whole lot of $ for his mansion because living in the official church house attached to the building was apparently too much for a man that's supposed to live in poverty. Plus one of his carS (yes, plural CARS) cost more than what I make in 2-3 years serving differently-abled individuals.

I'm hoping to connect with others, especially Greek or Russian immigrants, who are recovering from such a ludicrous fairy tale. While I consider myself a "devout" atheist, my culture as a Greek-American is centered on the church. Debunking and providing insight to such a horrible institution has become a passion of mine.

Getting kicked out of the military is something, getting fired from a job because you didn't do it well also something. Getting kicked out of a religious club is a big so the fuck what, it "lets pretend even though we are grown adults".

"Excommunicated" and "official" is like them saying, "Ok, since you violated the rules of our Harry Potter fan club, we are going to kick you out."

And while the east has it's baggage and is stuck in a more theocratic age, our right wing hear, especially now that we have a giant douchebage in office with an anti-LGBT nutfuck VP, when I hear some Trumphumper say "At least we don't throw them off rooftops" makes me want to puke.

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30-11-2016, 05:43 AM
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(30-11-2016 05:41 AM)Brian37 Wrote:  
(29-11-2016 11:11 PM)RecoveringOrthodox Wrote:  Hello! I'm new here and wanted to introduce myself.

I'm Stefan, and I'm a musician living in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. I am a proud immigrant, transgender man, registered Socialist, and a solid 6 on the Dawkins Scale.

I grew up in a "lovely" Greek Orthodox family that totally loved its icons and the Skydaddy they represent. I grew up in one of the largest Greek churches in the country, which shares its name and services with a Russian Orthodox church a few blocks away. And I was excommunicated, officially, for wearing pants to a service, after the priest at my local Millionaire's Mansion found out that I am queer. You see, Orthodox priests can have lots and lots of kids, and mine did. At least 7 or 8 of them... and I grew up with 2 of them. One of his daughters outed me to her father, who in turn excommunicated me the first opportunity he had. Thankfully, he did not out me to my extremely Orthodox family. Yet, I still lost my entire community. Prior to my official excommunication, I remember asking lots and lots of questions about the stuff in the bible, especially the stuff that has weird translations that make absolutely no sense when they're translated from Greek to English.

While I was kinda bummed about losing my Greek ethnic community, I was thrilled to be free from this repressive nonsense. On the plus side, (if you could call it that!) the priest was reassigned to some congregation in the south for laundering a whole lot of $ for his mansion because living in the official church house attached to the building was apparently too much for a man that's supposed to live in poverty. Plus one of his carS (yes, plural CARS) cost more than what I make in 2-3 years serving differently-abled individuals.

I'm hoping to connect with others, especially Greek or Russian immigrants, who are recovering from such a ludicrous fairy tale. While I consider myself a "devout" atheist, my culture as a Greek-American is centered on the church. Debunking and providing insight to such a horrible institution has become a passion of mine.

Getting kicked out of the military is something, getting fired from a job because you didn't do it well also something. Getting kicked out of a religious club is a big so the fuck what, it "lets pretend even though we are grown adults".

"Excommunicated" and "official" is like them saying, "Ok, since you violated the rules of our Harry Potter fan club, we are going to kick you out."

And while the east has it's baggage and is stuck in a more theocratic age, our right wing hear, especially now that we have a giant douchebage in office with an anti-LGBT nutfuck VP, when I hear some Trumphumper say "At least we don't throw them off rooftops" makes me want to puke.

Brian, you say?

He hates guns and likes Abba.

We still call him Brian.

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