This blog post is the fifth section of a seven part essay called “Finding the Queer Christ in Mormonism.” I’ll be posting a new section of this essay every Monday for the next three Mondays until the entire essay is published.
“What I have tried to show is that the revelation of Jesus Christ is enough to affirm the equal status of the feminine principle with the masculine principle and to show that a fulfilled human being needs to integrate both principles and assume many roles.”
“I never felt bad about being hermaphrodite, it’s the others who have a problem with it; not me…I have the sex of the angels, why would I be ashamed of it?”
“(T)here is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
I felt as if a part of Christ is supposed to transcend gender as I knelt before the Host that Good Thursday.
If the bread was the body of Christ, what gender was that body?
If all who are baptized and partake of the Eucharist are part of the body of Christ, what gender was that body?
In that moment, I feeling came over me, a thought so clear in my heart, that Jesus was my elder brother AND sister, the son AND daughter of Heavenly Parents.
The androgyny of the Universe, of the angels, of my Queer Christ in that golden sun-shaped icon–it overwhelmed me and comforted me, giving me what felt like divine approval on my search for my own gender identity.
It seems hard to imagine the Jesus of Mormonism as anything but male. Nevertheless, Jesus Hirself compares Hir atonement to a woman giving birth and says (S)He feels for Israel the same way a mother hen feels for her chicks.
King Benjamin even claims that we are both begotten by Jesus AND born by Hir, essentially showing us that Jesus is our spiritual Father AND Mother, betting us AND giving birth to us.
Considering that Jesus is sometimes called the last Adam, it’s interesting to note that Mormon scripture seems to imply that Adam was a hermaphrodite, being both male and female.
Joseph Smith may have been on to something with such a claim, since some Rabbis have made the suggestion that Adam might have been a hermaphrodite before Eve’s creation.
Perhaps Adam was the physical hermaphrodite who was separated to become male and female while Jesus is the spiritual hermaphrodite who brought the male and female principles together.
Part of finding the Queer Christ in Mormonism is being able to see ourselves in Hir and Hir in ourselves. (S)He must contain all genders fully while also transcending all genders in order to be fully Human and fully Divine, fully Savior and fully Queer.