iOS app Android app

Stephanie Mott

Transgender in Right Relationship With God

Stephanie Mott | Posted 04.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I would say that I am mostly traveling on the right road. The relationship is the journey. I'm still writing the book. This particular chapter gives me hope for a different world. I don't know if I am in right relationship with God. I am finally pretty close to being in right relationship with myself. That'll do for now.

Trans and Gender Non-Conforming: No Longer Afraid of the Light

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am not afraid of the dark. Half a century of living in darkness has its way of providing that comfort of familiarity. The thing that is so different, is that I am no longer afraid of the light. The light was unfamiliar, unknown and uncertain.

An Unconditional Act of Faith -- Rev. Cynthia Meyer Comes Out to Her Methodist Congregation

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.20.2017 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

A mere 12 days ago, an extraordinarily brave and faithful soul found herself called by God to declare her own authenticity. She did so publicly in an intentional, courageous and life-changing sermon.

Ten Years of Christmas as a Transgender Woman

Stephanie Mott | Posted 12.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

What a difference a decade makes. From the most lonely of places, from the darkest of moments, from an abundance of hopelessness, the miracle of Christmas has a particular meaning to me.

The Life and Death of Coming Out Trans

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

Sometimes I am asked if it frightens me to be open as a transgender woman. Yes, of course it does. But I will not hide. I am not ashamed of who I am.

LGBT Suicide: A Risk Reduction Strategy

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.29.2016 | World
Stephanie Mott

I was highly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference last week in Kansas City. There were many intimate discussions about what can be done to lessen the likelihood that people will choose to attempt to bring an end to their own lives.

Step Into the Light: Eight Years of Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

Yesterday was the 8th anniversary of the last time I took off my "Steven Suit". I came home from a meeting where I presented my male persona, never again to cover up the woman who had been hiding beneath. And in so doing, I stepped into the light.

Open Letter to Deniers of Transgender Existence

Stephanie Mott | Posted 06.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have learned to let the light shine into my soul. Believe as you choose, but please do not block the light. It is very important to my ability to exist in this world. If I don't receive the light, I can not share the light with the world.

The Price of Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 06.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

Devoting my life to trying to let people see the damage that is caused by denying authenticity to transgender people helps to change the nature of the pain.

Transgender Footprints in the Sand

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have endured a lifetime of believing that my faith was at odds with my transgender identity. I have come to know that my faith was at odds with my inability to trust God enough to embrace my authentic self.

Why I Stopped Using the T-Word: Transition

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

The idea that we transition reinforces the idea that there is some kind of gender change. It reinforces the idea that at some point in my life, I was a man. It reinforces the exact idea that most significantly creates barriers to bringing about an understanding.

Religious Oppression and Religious Freedom: The Bully Who Cried Wolf

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

In the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the shepherd boy kept claiming that there was a wolf that didn't exist. It is the same when people claim that equality is a threat to religious freedom.

My Place in the World: Thoughts and Feelings - SCOTUS and Marriage Equality

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States is hearing arguments about whether or not I have the right to marry a person of my choosing irrespective of whether or not they are "male" or "female."

Cisplaining, Mind-Reading and Other Mystic Powers of Anti-Trans Experts

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is perfectly okay with me if someone wants to believe that they know more about my gender than I do. However, I kind of have trouble when they try to tell me that I have to take their delusional daydream and create my own personal nightmare.

There Will Always Be Zoraks

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

The idea that creating legal protections for LGBT citizens grants special rights is purely absurd. Special rights are rights that one group of people have while others do not. The special rights in this situation are the rights that are denied to LGBT Americans.

Damn, Sam: Reaction of a Kansas Activist

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

He does not speak for Kansas. He does not speak for God. Hate is not a Christian value. Hate is not a Kansas value. Hate is not an American value. The greatest possible gift I can give to this world is to be my true, authentic self. Sam Brownback has no power to change that.

When I Was a Girl

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I was never a boy. I was always a girl. In spite of the lies that were constantly being told to me, by my body and by the world, there was never any real doubt about this truth. I was just one of those girls who were told that they had to live as a boy.

Matthew 7, Leviticus 20, and the Christian Catch-22

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am not anti-Christian when I stand up for LGBT rights. I am anti-bigotry. The fact that someone identifies as a Christian has nothing to do with it. There is no war on religion. It is a war on discrimination. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Je Suis Moi -- I Am Me

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I must strive to move beyond my fears, and experience life with open eyes, an open heart and an open mind. I am limited by my unwillingness to embrace the people who have intimate knowledge of the parts of me I have yet to discover; I have yet to embrace.

Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.

You Would Like Your Church to Be Trans-Welcoming: Now What?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

You have talked it out with church leaders and maybe even the congregation, and you have decided that you would like your church to be more welcoming to transgender people.

Fear and Ignorance Are the Locks

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not possible for anyone other than me to know my gender. But I cannot hate the people whose actions and beliefs are at the very root of why a transgender teenager would find it necessary to end their own life.

Love-Based Activism

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

If my purpose is to create change, to help bring about the end of legalized discrimination against LGBT people, my actions should be such that they are effective at bringing about that change.

Transgender and Privileged

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am a transsexual woman. I am therefore marginalized and oppressed. Such is the nature of life for transgender people in the home of the brave and the land of the free. I live in a red state. I am therefore pushed further to the margins. However, for me, this is only part of the story.

Choosing Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not a choice about being male or female. It is a choice about being true to myself or not. It is a choice between living in the sunlight or dying in the shadows. It is mine and mine alone. It is the absolute, uninhibited truth. I choose authenticity.