Error of Man: A Boys' Camp to Redefine Gender

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By | Slate.com

1.jpg.CROP.original-originalOver the past three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has been documenting a four-day camp for gender nonconforming boys and their parents. The camp, “You Are You” (the name has been changed to protect the privacy of the children and is also the name of Morris’ series), is for “Parents who don’t have a gender-confirming 3-year-old who wants to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys’ aisle,” Morris said with a laugh.

It is also a place for both parents and children to feel protected in an environment that encourages free expression.

“[The kids] don’t have to look over their shoulders, and they can let down their guard. Those are four days when none of that matters, and they are surrounded by family members who support them,” Morris said.

Morris has stated that her photographic goal for the project is “to represent the spirit of these boys as they shine.” Some of the ways in which the kids shine is through the talent and fashion shows at camp that are popular and for which the campers come well-prepared.6.jpg.CROP.original-original

“Some practice for the talent show all year, and others create their own gowns with their mothers or friends of the family,” Morris said. “The focus and enthusiasm is really pretty incredible. Also, it can be very emotional for the parents, especially the families who are new to camp and are experiencing this kind of group acceptance for the very first time.”

Although it is unknown if the kids at the camp will eventually identify as gay or transgender—or even if the way gender and sexuality are defined throughout society will evolve—the camp allows the kids to look at themselves in a completely different way.

“They get enough questioning in their daily lives, so it’s a great place for them to express themselves as they feel. … I feel we hear so many of the sad stories and how LGBT kids are disproportionately affected by bullying, depression, and suicide, and it hangs a heavy cloud over them and kind of dooms them from the beginning. I’m saying this is a new story. This is not a tragedy.”

3.jpg.CROP.original-originalMorris hopes to eventually publish a book of her work and also launch a large multimedia show that travels the country and the world to show a new face of LGBT youth. The children featured here and in Morris’ project are photographed with the permission of the their parents. Her ultimate goal is to start a foundation that raises money to help underwrite the cost of camp for kids unable to attend. She also hopes to add even more dimension to the project, concentrating on producing more portraiture and documenting the transition the kids experience upon arrival to the camp.

“I would really love to follow the kids into adulthood and see what kind of relationships they develop,” Morris said. “I want to witness the evolution, knowing from where they started and see how life is going to play out for them—hopefully happily—and I think they’re going to have a better transition into adulthood than the generation proceeding them.”

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An anonymous commentator wrote: I don’t normally comment on articles, but I just wanted to add my voice to say that I think this camp is incredible and these parents are fantastic for being so supportive.

Hours before the fashion show a boy rehearses his ta-dah moment.And to y’all who are freaking out about how it will “turn them gay” or whatever, that’s not how it works. The clothes you wear or the gender-stereotyped activities you like to do don’t affect your sexual orientation or your gender identity.

If that were the case, all boys who like having long hair and enjoy baking would be women and all girls who prefer jeans and love sports would be men — and that’s obviously absurd. Look around you and you’ll see straight, cisgendered (meaning their internal identity and their bodies match up, as opposed to transgendered people) men and women everywhere who do things that defy traditional gender roles.
Plus, if any of these boys are actually gay or trans, they’ll still grow up to be gay or trans whether or not they play dress up for a few days a year. The only difference this camp makes is that it means they’ll grow up with parents who clearly support them. They’ll be less likely to drop out of school, do drugs, or self-harm.

As to transgendered children, it’s definitely a sensitive issue and there would be a lot for any parent to consider, but if you’ve ever done any research on the subject you’ll know that it isn’t as simple as parents “letting their kid chop off their genitals.”

In fact, HRT and reassignment surgery are rarely done before 18 and therapy/psychological evaluations are always a mandatory part of the process. It’s a long, difficult, thoughtful journey for everyone involve — not a quick superficial decision.7.jpg.CROP.original-original

And personally, while I would never force someone to do something they’re truly uncomfortable with, I encourage everyone to cross-dress at least once in their life just to broaden their perspective about gender identity.

You’ll realize that wearing a wig, a dress and heels doesn’t magically change your sense of self — or who knows, maybe it will and you’ll be able to be happier

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40 Comments on “Error of Man: A Boys' Camp to Redefine Gender”

  1. Robert

    It is nobody’s perogative to change what God created into a lie. The devil wants to destroy to the very image of God The devil is a lie. These kids are being offered as a sacrifice to false gods. Lord help us in this hour. There is a eason boys are to be rough, tough and play with Tonka trucks. They have to grow into men one day and be the protector of their homes. We need to stand for holiness in this hour, but if anyone does not want to stand with me, I’ll stand all by myself.

  2. Baron Murphy

    My brother thank you for keeping me updated with these issues. You know it is a said day and time when parents support wrong in there children’s life, and are okay with it. The word of the Lord says, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves etc………
    That’s what’s going on witha lot of parents, pushing there own agenda an not the agenda of Jesus Christ.

  3. sontina

    A sin and a same before the Lord. Somebody got it real twisted. I noticed this seems to be aimed only at boys. What happened to training up a child in the way he should go. If he was born a male, then he’s supposed to be trained up as a male. This is not rocket science. These poor children have idiots for parents. Smh…

  4. L.A. McNeil

    I’m so angry right now, its already gross when adults cross dress, but encouraging the kids to do it is the same as suicide. I’ll be praying about this.

  5. truth mission ministry

    We can not allow such disaster come into our people Bible says we should offer our bodies,mind as living sacrifices to God and not to give satan a chance this is completely evil and it falls in line with Aleister Crowley’s teachings do wat thou wilt the most evil man who has ever lived.The devil is a lier so one say something. My prayer is that this should stop and not even come close in Africa.

  6. Allan

    This is a true sign of corruption the devil’s ways to destroy Bible says in Romans 12 that we should offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God’s worship and not to satan.

  7. Rickiya

    This is a disgrace to the human race! I believe the assignment from the enemy is to further destroy all males anyway he can, the enemy know that the man is the head and leader, that is why our children are suffering so much, a lot of our men have become so weak through sin, I have been a witness to this in my own family, every last male has been in jail and several have died violent deaths. I pray fervently for the next genration of males in my family that they will be strong warriors for Christ!

  8. Edwin

    This is crazy… Train up a child in the way they should go right, well we already know which they are going. God will hold there parents accountable. It really turns my stomach. SMH….

  9. Anthony

    clearly we can see the trick of the enemy at work there in that camp. let us get before God (HIS RIGHTEOUS SEED) and cry out, we need his divine intervention.

  10. Patricia

    @ crystal….Amen!!! This is utter disgust. It just makes me sick to my stomach. Cry aloud saints. This is why the enemy is trying to avert the attention of the Body of Christ. He wants the Body of Christ to be focus on something that is not really there (racism in the Zimmerman/Martin case), so he can have his way. Divide and conquer. We as saints need to cry out for our children. Trayvon Martin is a prime example of that. This young man should have been home…not at his father’s girlfriend house. That in itself was a set up from hell. But we as saints fell to see where the real problem lies. Trayvon dying is only tragic if he wasn’t save and if we allow the enemy to trick us in believing that we should be focus on racism. Many of our kids are not save. Instead of us focusing on sowing and reaping the harvest we are focusing on what could have been different about the incident between Zimmerman/Martin. I am ministering to a youth group right now. And today I was feeling a little weary, because I really don’t see any fruit in my ministry. But when I glanced over this article…because I couldn’t stomach reading it I became encouraged. There is work to be done. I wish the Body of Christ will see this incident for what it really is instead of what the satan is trying to make it. God is trying to get our attention. Trayvon was not innocent nor was Zimmerman. This should be an awakening for the Body of Christ and I don’t mean to racism. I mean to loosing our children. Racism should not even exist in the Body of Christ. I am trying so hard to understand when folks says us…who is us? Is us the Body of Christ…because that’s who it should be. The Bible teaches us (the Body of Christ) to walk by the spirit not the flesh. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16) We all are sisters and brothers in Christ. And this is really what’s important. If it wasn’t then the word of God would teach us about division between family members such as mothers against daughters…fathers against sons and so on. What I am saying is that when we are sisters and brothers in Christ then we should act and do as such. And that means stand as one…not as races. To God be the Glory.

  11. Dawn

    It’s rare that I’d feel moved to cry over something but this did it for me. These children are deceived and that deception is being encouraged by their own parents who should be kind, loving PARENTS who are suppose to guide the child not be guided by the child’s confusion. The enemy has blinded us and we are submitting to this though we KNOW in our own conscience that it is truly wrong. If our child wants to cross the street during rush hr traffic we don’t let them and walk behind them along the way. We lovingly correct them and let them know the dangers of doing so and in so guiding them to what is correct and away from danger. This is in essence confusion the children even more. Be a parent. Guide the child to what is right. On the other hand without Christ it is difficult to know the Truth.

  12. L.A. McNeil

    I emailed Lindsay Morris n she thinks what she is doing is really right, this troubles me really bad, I told her to call me, but obvious she would n when I told her about God, she said we have different beliefs on politics and philosophy when its not about that. Man I’m really hurt behind this.

  13. Taura Helms

    I heard about this yesterday. Children don’t make the choice to be this way. One or more of the parents who wanted a child of the opposite gender does. Giving them their own summer camp is not only wrong but they will struggle with this way after the summer is over. What is wrong with people?

  14. tiana

    So sad, the enemy is diligent at perverting the world and making sin acceptable. I was watching a movie with my daughter and saw a commercial for a cartoon on HUB called SheZow about a 12yr old boy who is a cross dressing super hero. I had to explain to her how that is against the will of God and sinful.

  15. Iris Allison

    The bible tells us that the life is in the seed of the man….and we see the enemy attacking the very Life that God has planted in maleness. He does not like or want procreation for it produces more images of God. He truly has blinded this world and is causing it to be perverted. It won’t be a popular position but we as true believers will be called on to take sides. I am on the Lord’s side, how about YOU?? And the church says AMEN!

  16. Lars

    When the church fails to walk united with Jesus’s pure holiness and in truth in ferverent love for Jesus, the light dims and the world imposes its desires because they love not the truth. Simply put, consider:

    Deuteronomy 22:5
    King James Version (KJV)
    5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
    Isaiah 5:20
    King James Version (KJV)
    20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    Proverbs 22:6
    King James Version (KJV)
    6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

    When the radiance of the light dims, the creatures of the dark manifest their works in the open.

  17. Yolanda

    Soo very sad they aren’t even old enough to know the condequenses of their
    Actions but their parents are. There bring given up to vile things not just homosexuality
    But also pedophilia as well. Thank u Pastor for keeping us
    Informed I will keep the children in my prayers.

  18. jenny lopez

    wow it hurts my heart 2 c what this world is coming 2 jesus we need divine intervention on these parents and children behalf the devil is a liar

  19. Elizabeth

    The male are the target because like Adam was suppose to be the head of the house hold, males today are still to be the head of the house hold, to teach and bring the word of God to the home and be an example. with out that there is no order and no word of God.

  20. george harrison

    I am sure that these sin sick and confused parents are molding and shaping the behaviour of their kids, and trying to pass it off as their everyday behaviour. I pray that God break them from the bondage of sin and satan.

  21. Anonymous

    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    ROMANS 1:31-32

    It won’t get any better, with some of these false prophets and anti-Christ’s running around misleading peole.

  22. rebecca

    And yet there are those who still think this isn’t the end of times , yet when all men from a young age are turned gay what generation will follow after this???!!

  23. Jo Jo 38

    I think that the people who are involved have to see what destruction they are causing to their own families first. They either don’t care or are not considering that this is going to cause their family name to be wiped from the earth. The word says the righteous shall inherit the earth, because sin will not stop. Between the Muslims killing each other, the catholic church approving LGBT and gays, crime in the streets, gangs killing each other. Look at what God is doing, He said only those that seek him will understand that these things must happen, they are literally destroying themselves. Stand and see the salvation… there is so much chaos that the Holy Ghost is telling the church to stay in the word, persevere and watch the unveiling of what God has been holding back for so long. WILL HE NOT VISIT FOR ALL THESE THINGS? He will give them strong delusions because they won’t believe or listen to God, they refuse the knowledge that comes from believing that their is but one true God. I know that God is providing peace to so many Christians rite now because these storms in the world today are back to back to back. All I can do is pray for forgiveness and ask the father to pls forgive them for crucifying the Lord a fresh with our worldly ways and thoughts. generational suicide, they are writing their own death sentence….luv u all. keep praying and watching CHURCH..

  24. Jeane K

    Children being presented to “Molech” here and the parents and those who are joining in are too blinded (and uncaring???) to see how they’re destroying these poor and mixed up children’s lives. Keep them in prayer, come quickly Lord Jesus.

  25. Arnett kirby

    This what happens when young boys don’t see a model of a male or a man they only see their mother, Granmother, and aunts. No male figure in their life. This is a sad picture. no spiritaulality as well, on both sides. from the parent or child. no fear of God. When you have God in the Family the kids would know their sex gender; and be proud of it who God made them. These boys seen the glemour part of being a womne or girl and seen it got a lot of attention. Attention is what they are lacking. Attention being a man or male. it is hard to find a true real all man now days. And I’m all woman. This is said. because a true all real girl when she grows up it is going to be hard for her to find a true real all man.

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