Transgender Folks in Christianity
Hello Queermergent! This is the second post in a series about transgender issues. Brian already laid some great framework for this conversation here, so if you’re just joining in, that might be a great place for you to start.
One of the most common things to come up as I’m talking with folks who identify as Christian about transgender identities and issues is the idea that people just don’t know how to talk about trans and gender-variant folks from a Biblical perspective. Sanctuary Collective has a youtube series where we discuss different topics each week, and a recent topic was where we find ourselves in the Bible as queer and trans folks. Here’s my response, which begins to answer the question of what transgender folks have to do with Christianity.
An important part of my own personal journey has also been the conversations I have had with my evangelical Christian family and friends about my transgender identity. PDF file of the first several emails that went back and forth between me and my mom (printed with her permission, of course!) as I began that conversation with her. Many people have found it helpful as a resource in understanding my identity as a trans person and as a Christian. Hopefully you will too.
We will have more exciting stuff for y’all soon. In the meantime, marinate on the fact that trans and gender-variant folks play very important roles in the Scripture – there are even more examples of this than the few that I gave. See if you can recognize some yourself as you are thinking about and reading the Bible!
PS – If you’re close enough to spend a weekend in New York City, Sanctuary Collective has our first regional conference happening on Saturday, July 24! We’ll have workshops all day on the many ways LGBTQ justice interacts with faith and other issues. Check out all the details here.
Micah & Brian are best friends (and sometimes roommates) who reside in New York City when we aren’t traveling to speak about, lead training for, or engage in activism with Sanctuary Collective. Brian is a filmmaker slash web designer and Micah is a writer and dreamer. We spend sunny days wandering around Brooklyn, listen to music, and talk about our lives and romance and theology. Brian makes Micah watch cheesy gay movies and Micah encourages Brian to drink cheap beer. We’ve been known to go dancing, we host friends, and we laugh a lot. We also care deeply about the world and discovering the ways we can each have a hand in making things better.