“BYID: Bring Your Identity”
Sermon by Rodrigo Solano-Quesnel, Intern Minister.
Some shows begin with a warning: scenes of violence, sexuality, coarse language, and mature themes... and these are often the matters that are involved when dealing with identity and diversity.
Badges, labels, and tags have a strange role in society. They can be used as instruments of oppression, aggression, and shame. But they can also be means of recognition, distinction, and pride,
Above all these, they can be tools for enhanced awareness.
To that end, the identities we take on--or are sometimes given to us--can benefit from a second look. Words like female, trans, straight, poor, white--words of gender, sexuality, class, or race--are the kind of markers that can constrain... or empower. And a bit of homework on them can shift the balance on our relationship with these identities--and with each other.