The Other Side, May-June 2001

While Pilgrim Press was working on Virginia Mollenkott’s Omnigender in 2001, The Other Side magazine was working on the May-June 2001 issue, with a cluster of articles on transgender concerns.

Articles included:

  • Virginia Mollenkott’s “Gender Diversity and Christian Community”
  • Erin Swenson’s “Body and Soul United”
  • Chris Paige‘s “OtherWise,” and
  • Robyn Shanor’s “Finding Common Ground”

This was a ground-breaking level of exposure for transgender Christians during the “transgender spring.” The Other Side would cease publication about 3 years later, but at the time, it had at least 10,000 readers across the country and around the world. This was a significant readership at a time when the internet was still emerging.

While The Other Side magazine stopped publishing in 2004, the three main articles (Mollenkott, Swenson, Paige) will be coming back (revised and updated) in OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance in 2020.

This article was compiled by Mx. Chris Paige, September 20, 2019, who was publisher of The Other Side in 2001 and is the publisher of the OtherWise Engaged Publishing imprint, which is producing OtherWise Christian 2.

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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