Five years ago, I met Mr. Matthew Pancake at a McDonald’s in Houston. I was a pastoral delegate to our national church convention; he was a lay delegate. The restaurant was the only fast food place on the walk from hotel to convention center. It was always crammed full. Matthew was forced to eat with all sorts of lowlifes.
When he got home, he remembered me and friended me on Facebook. Since I began posting in regard to gender dysphoria, he got involved with the conversation. He told his pastor, the Rev. Gary Held. He told me that Pastor Held and he host a radio program.
Several weeks ago, Matthew asked if I would be interested in being interviewed regarding gender dysphoria and transgender. We did a pre-interview two weeks ago. I didn’t scare them off. Last week, we taped the interview. It aired on their radio stations on Sunday and then became available as a podcast.
During the first half hour, Pastor and Matthew discuss topics in the news. Pastor interviews me in the second hour. If you want to focus on the interview, start the podcast and then watch the black bar grow across the bottom. It only take a few moments. When it gets halfway, move the circle to about the middle. The interview begins at around 29:30 and lasts half an hour.
Besides being elated at the opportunity to speak to these things, I was pleased with the questions Pastor asked and my answers. In only a couple of spots, I wish I had added another thought to help clarify. Oh, and that ringing phone you will hear? Yup, that’s mine, having forgotten to turn it off. For as rarely as my phone rings . . . you know the rest.
Pastor Held and Matthew Pancake do a professional job. Check out their home page: http://lutherandifference.blogspot.com. Many podcasts are available.
If you listen, you might wonder why I am Greg on the show and not Gina. When we began our discussions, I was not sure when I would publicly change my identity. When the two were coinciding, it became a question. We had left it up in the air as to whether I would be asked about my transitioning, depending on how the conversation went and the time we had. So, it was MY decision to go with Greg, thinking it would play better.
A final thought. Everything on my blog I also post on Facebook. There, the conversation is active, often adding much to the topic. If you would like to be part of the conversation, friend me: https://www.facebook.com/porthopepizza.