Mx Chris Paige

Mx. Chris Paige (pronouns they/them) was the publisher of The Other Side magazine when they published the ground-breaking May/June 2001 issue on transgender concerns, featuring Chris together with Virginia Mollenkott and Erin Swenson.

In 1999, Chris launched a small Angelfire (free-hosting, like GeoCities) website called “TransFaith Online” which many years later evolved into an organization called Transfaith, which is a widely known resource for transgender people of diverse spiritual and energetic practices.

Through Transfaith and the article “OtherWise” in The Other Side magazine, Chris became one of the first and most visible non-binary identified Christians in the “transgender spring.”

Chris has been extremely active behind the scenes among transgender faith organizing, including as a co-convener of the UCC GenderFold Action Alliance, co-founder of UCC Trans Still Speaking, founding member of TransSaints, advisor to the Transgender Religious Leaders Summit, founding member of the Task Force’s Trangender Working Group, co-founder of the ground-breaking spirituality track at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (now called Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference), chair of the 2011 Philadephia Trans Health Conference. Chris also attended the founding retreat for the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI), consults regularly with TransEpiscopal, Black Trans Prayer Book (and other trans religious organizations connected to Transfaith), and has spoken at a variety of churches, conferences, and other events.

Chris is the author of  OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation (2019), publisher of OtherWise Engaged Publishing, and the driving force behind OtherWiseChristian.com.

Chris was baptised Christian Reformed, confirmed in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), ordained an elder at Tabernacle United Church (Philadelphia, PA), and is a member at Living Water United Church of Christ (Philadelphia, PA).

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Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige in October 2018 and updated in August 2019.

Note: This blog is intended to be an on-going work in progress. Please contact us if you have corrections or are able to contribute further context or reflections.

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