Their 3-year-old son who liked to wear his sister's clothes and pink boots told them last year that he was unhappy being a boy. Now, an Oakland couple is trying to keep their son happy by supporting his transition from a boy named "Jack" to a girl called "Jackie."
"Jackie just looked really, really sad; sadder than a 3-and-a-half-year-old should look," the boy's mother, Mary Carter, told NPR about the life-changing moment last year when she decided to support his transition from Jack to Jackie. "This weight that looked like it weighed more than she did, something she had to say and I didn't know what that was."
"So I asked. I said, 'Jackie, are you sad that you're not going to school today?' And Jackie was really quiet and put her head down and said 'No, I'm sad because I'm a boy,'" said Carter. more >>
A Nigerian pastor has said that he's grateful his daughter, who was one of the over 200 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, did not convert to Islam and died "for the sake of Christ" when the terror group forced her to choose between her life and her faith.
"I was told that my daughter refused to change her religion. I was told that they dug a hole and buried her from the neck and stoned her to death," the pastor says. more >>
An ex-employee of a major pro-LGBT United Methodist group who filed a legal complaint accusing them of wrongful termination and "gender identity discrimination" has received broken personal effects from the group.
Last Thursday Andy Oliver, former director of communications for the Chicago-based Reconciling Ministries Network, posted a photo on Facebook of items sent to him by his former employer.
The objects, which included an image of the United Methodist cross and pottery his sons made for him, were broken into several pieces. more >>
A Kenyan politician has reportedly said that U.S. President Barack Obama needs to "shut up and go home" with his "gay agenda," ahead of an official state visit later in July. Dozens of demonstrators marched in Nairobi on Monday to "protect the family" and the traditional definition of marriage.
"We are telling Mr. Obama when he comes to Kenya this month and he tries to bring the abortion agenda, the gay agenda, we shall tell him to shut up and go home," lawmaker Irungu Kangata told demonstrators outside parliament, Reuters reported.
Kenyan politicians and pastors of evangelical churches have said that Obama should not push America's pro-gay marriage stance on the African country where the practice is criminalized. more >>
DeVon Franklin, the Seventh-day Adventist preacher and Hollywood executive, is defending his wife, actress Meagan Good, against critics who've disapproved of her clothing choices throughout the years.
The couple appeared as speakers at the ESSENCE Festival empowerment panel on July 3 where they spoke about overcoming harsh criticism from the church. Good, 33, has not shied away from choosing clothing options with a plunging neckline or exposed skin and admitted to being upset with her critics from the church after receiving their negative feedback.
Sarah Jakes Roberts, daughter of popular megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes, who wed Touré Roberts, senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, California, last fall, recently revealed that she was "nearly arrested" after showing her "tail" during her previous marriage to former Redskins linebacker Robert Henson.
"In my previous marriage I was nearly arrested," Jakes Roberts explained in a discussion with ESSENCE about identifying your soul mate, along with her husband. "I mean, I showed my tail, okay? So being vulnerable and being treated like a lady wasn't something that I had really become accustomed to because I was so used to being tough and taking care of myself."
Jakes revealed in 2012 that she chose to end her marriage to Henson after four years because of "multiple infractions" and "safety" concerns. more >>