Transgender and the (Christian) Bible

There was a post in a group recently from someone who had “heard about” the Ethiopian eunuch and transgender people. While I’ve been highlighting books, I didn’t (yet) have a “list,” so here’s mine (for a more comprehensive list of related resources, see the bibliography of OtherWise Christian)!

Click through on the links for what I’ve written about each one.

Recent, Accessible:

OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation by Mx Chris Paige

Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible (DVD) by Peterson Toscano

  • This DVD is a perfect resource before or after OtherWise Christian! Or maybe watch the performance version before you read OtherWise Christian and then watch the lecture version after you read OtherWise Christian.
  • Study Guide

The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective by Joy Ladin

  • I recommend this very accessible book about Jewish tradition as a follow-up to OtherWise Christian–especially for Christians!
  • Study Guide from Transfaith

Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke

  • Hartke offers a softer touch than OtherWise Christian, integrating personal stories. This may be the better starting point for some allies.

Recent, Academic:

Queering the Ethiopian Eunuch: Strategies of Ambiguity in Acts by Sean Burke

  • A great resource in terms of eunuchs generally, as well as the Acts 8 traveler, specifically

Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God by Megan DeFranza

  • In addition to the obvious, this includes important background on gender in the Western tradition (Greek, Roman, European)

Classic Texts:

TransTexts (2008), now hosted by Keshet

Trans-Gender(ed): Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith (2003) by Justin Tanis

  • For so many years, this has been the “go to” book for a comprehensive look at transgender theological concerns.

Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach (2001) by Virginia Mollenkott

  • First book on transgender theological concerns from a major press!

Relevant Podcasts/YouTube Channels:

LGBT Bible Podcast with Shannon Kearns and Brian Murphy (Queer Theology)

Austen Hartke has done several relevant series on YouTube

More Lists:

Austen Hartke has an extensive list of recommendations from several angles.

Queer Theology has a large list of LGBTQ Christian Resources, which includes a section on Transgender and Christian.

MORE Transgender and Religious Curriculum Guide

MORE Transgender Christian (auto)Biographies

ALSO Transgender Christian Oral Histories

Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige in July 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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