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Towleroad readers know that Pat Robertson isn't exactly known for his tolerance or open-mindedness. On the contrary, he has an extensive history of making ignorant and homophobic remarks. However, in a recent "Bring It On-Line" Q&A segment on his show, Robertson made an admission that many may find shocking. 

The question came from a viewer named "David", who asked:

"I work with two people who have decided that they are females. I know what the bible says about homosexuality, but is it wrong to refer to them as females since they have had their gender status changed in the eyes of the law?"

Robertson's reply, in short: no. While he did call the process of transitioning "drastic" and "radical", and said that he would "question the validity" of anyone who would come out to him as trans, Robertson did admit that "there are men who are in a woman's body. It's very rare, but it's true...or a women that are in men's bodies." Such an admission from the likes of Pat Robertson would already be considered a victory. However, he also added that "I don't think there's any sin associated with that. I don't condemn somebody for doing that," before concluding that "it's not for you to decide or to judge."

Imagine that, a televangelist televising a message of (relative) tolerance. 

If you're having trouble believing it, you can take a look at the video AFTER THE JUMP (at around the 2:28 mark). In context, do Robertson's comments represent a step in the right direction for trans equality? Give your opinion below.

 

 

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  1. @Male Bug Fan,

    I hate to say it but I agree. LGBT doesn't help us, it hurts us.One of my dearest friends lives in Anchorage and they felt like they had a really good chance to pass a gay rights law there.But the gay group that has been working on this for something like 30 years was strongarmed into including transgender identity.The oponents focused on that and they lost. 30 years of effort down the drain.

    Posted by: Derek | Jul 30, 2013 5:49:08 AM


  2. So he is accepting his fellow heterosexual fellows. Nothing new or revolutionary for a bigot there. In Iran (but not only) they even “force” gay people into a faulty gender transition as that is the only way they can understand that to work.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUTH | Jul 30, 2013 9:17:46 AM


  3. I think you're wrong, male bug. Most transsexuals are LGB, so they belong in here with us.

    Posted by: Squickie | Jul 30, 2013 10:19:34 AM


  4. I don't find it hard to believe that he has a stance like this. I come from a strong evangelical background, and I know quite a few people who would agree with him.

    In their eyes, trans and gay people all suffer from a mental and/or medical condition. By going through gender reassignment, trans people are actually seeking treatment, and that is to be applauded. It's the same reason they so fervently support(ted) "pray the gay away" treatment; it shows that a gay person is seeking to correct the "problem."

    Posted by: Bradford | Jul 30, 2013 11:31:30 AM


  5. For the record, "male bug fan" means he's a fan of Cathy "Bug" Brennan. CB is a notorious transphobe (google her!) who not only thinks that trans women should be forced to use men's restrooms, but has also advocated forcibly detransitioning trans people. She's outed trans folk who dared to disagree with her, and creates smear sites to attack people she disagrees with. She holds that trans folk are a tool of the patriarchy, who are supposed to "steal" femaleness from "real" women. Just, y'know, FYI.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jul 30, 2013 12:18:04 PM


  6. BOO! Who gives a crap what a grown man who thinks he talks to a god in the clouds thinks? He is a horrible human being and has already done damage to gays and lesbians - alive and dead!

    SCREW THIS MAN AND RELIGION!

    Posted by: GRivera | Jul 30, 2013 2:00:31 PM


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