Why I Became an Ordained Minister!

It’s true — and it’s incredibly easy, to start.

You see, for a while here in Tennessee, things were looking bleak for us queers. (And they still are, not gonna lie — conservatives are obsessed with us.) As usually, it’s doubly so for us Black queers. There came with this some buzz about people being worried they wouldn’t be able to find anyone to marry them in the whole state — that is, HB 878. This is a bit on the panic side, as the state is actually full of kind and neutral-at-best people who would not obstruct a queer wedding, especially not at the heart of the area. However, we do see very well that our political leadership heads up the culture war dividing us common poors among each other and generally making our lives less stable and easy to live.

That’s where my ordination comes in. I’d hate to call myself a bottom-of-the-barrel minister, especially since I take anything I set forth to do very seriously, but basically, if you run out of options, come to me. Please. I have been vested with the power to create holy unions, and I am personally invested in the happiness of every queer person in this state (but especially QBIPOC). The barrier to entry to ministry has always been low in the US, and particularly the south. I think the barrier to entry to legal marriage should also be low for every consenting adult!

The ordination process is free and easy, but I invested in a few more items to get familiar with what all that this entails. It is a serious matter, and also a joyous one. I consider all trans people my siblings, after all — and I consider my congregation to be anyone who listens to life with an open heart. As someone who wants to be a visible beacon of queer acceptance in the Dirty South, it’s my duty to be helpful to those who need it most, in many ways, big or small, broad or specific! And you deserve to be united in marriage if you so desire!

Designer, artist, author, comic enthusiast, and geek about visual design/video games/Japan/human rights. Among other things!

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