As Transgender Awareness Week comes to a close, we pause today to honor the journeys of transgender and gender non-conforming people of faith by sharing the 10 journey stories below. These blogs are all written by transgender people of faith, a majority of whom identify as Christian.
While these stories share the perspectives of individuals, they also cast a vision for our collective future. They cast a vision of the new life our faith can inhabit when the Christian tradition truly affirms and supports the trans and gender non-conforming people in our midst.
Too often, trans and gender non-conforming people experience spiritual abuse at the hands of our churches rather than the affirmation they deserve. Today, I call on Christians to join me in creating a faith that is not diminished by transphobia, racism, and misogyny—three sins that all contribute to violence against our trans and gender non-conforming siblings.
Today, I affirm these individuals as the very presence of God in our midst.
- A Gospel Message For Queer People Of Faith
by Leslie Rouser—Writer, Consultant
- Wild Wise Woman
by Angelica Ross—Executive Director and CEO, TransTech Social Enterprises
- Discovering Abby & Becoming Myself
by Abby Jensen—Vice President, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
- Open The Locks With Love
by Stephanie Mott—Executive Director, Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project
- Season Of Waiting: A Queer Catholic Advent
by Nick Stevens—Queer Catholic
- Opening Doors: The Closet of Depression
by Brett Stadtlander Religions Scholar
- God Made Me Transgender, And God Does Not Make Mistakes
by Katie Leone—Transgender Christian Author
- The Best Christmas Gift Of All
by Rachel Clark—Executive Producer, TRANSit
- The Future Of Faith From A Trans-Man's Perspective
by Taj M. Smith—Intern, First Church Congregational in Cambridge
- Trans Day Of Remembrance Is Over: Is Your Church Still Trans Inclusive?
by J Mase III—Founder, awQward Talent
And finally, check out last year's list: 10 Transgender Christians Share Their Journey Stories
If you'd like to share your story with us, email me to get started.
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