Reading the Bible as a Trans-Affirming Ally

Thank you to Will O’Brien and Lydia Wylie-Kellerman for suggesting that I write for the Radical Discipleship blog! This is a blog connected to many of the communities that were also connected to The Witness magazine as well as The Other Side magazine. In other words, (primarily) Christian folk who care about the Bible and justice. This is in some ways a circling back for me, since I worked at The Other Side magazine for nearly 10 years and the folk at The Witness were colleagues and friends.

In any case, the article I came up with is in some ways processing some of the pushback I’ve received from folk who read Christian Faith and Gender Identity on Our Bible App, as well as from internet trolls after my visit to Minneapolis. This isn’t actually a “self-defense” article so much as a “helping allies do better” article, but still it falls in the same category. Continue reading “Reading the Bible as a Trans-Affirming Ally”

Book Event: Alternative Seminary Course on Eunuchs, Philly, Nov 2

On Saturday morning, November 2, 2019, I am going to lead a one-session course for the Alternative Seminary, called Transgender Liberation: Intersectional Identities, Alternate Genders, and the Biblical Testimony of Eunuchs.

I will be teaching from OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, with a particular emphasis on Section 4: Eunuchs, Eunuchs, and More Eunuchs. Yes, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’ll be talking about eunuchs!

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Ebed-melech: The “Other” Ethiopian Eunuch (CORRECTED)

CORRECTION: While the “other” Ethiopian eunuch DOES n’t appear in Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible, I DIDN’T REALIZE IT!!

Here’s my advice watch BOTH the lecture version AND the performance version. There is some overlap, but you’ll miss some important insights if you only take the time to do one or the other.

Peterson Toscano has also done important work bringing this story to light. Ebed-melech wasn’t in the original performances (back in the day), but Toscano tells the story on the Transfigurations DVD in the lecture version, chapter 7, which debuted in the live performances around 2010 (according to Peterson).

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Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible (DVD), 2007, 2017 (CORRECTED)

Peterson Toscano’s one-man theatrical production has been extremely impactful in terms of raising awareness of gender variant characters in the Christian Bible. Peterson performed Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible for live audiences beginning in 2007. He retired the production in 2016 and then released a DVD version in 2017–which I highly recommend as a study resource, both for individuals and for groups. The movie can be streamed on Amazon and there is also a study guide.

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Resisting Empire, 2019

The problem with having dear friends and colleagues with a podcast is that you kind of want to profile them every time they release a new episode! Apparently, you’re going to have to get used to it, because Peterson Toscano and Liam Hooper are at at it again!

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Queering the Ethiopian Eunuch: Strategies of Ambiguity in Acts, 2013

Queering the Ethiopian Eunuch: Strategies of Ambiguity in Acts by Sean D. Burke was a surprise winner for me. I stumbled on this book as I was doing an internet search for something else. I went on to cite Dr. Burke’s work in four chapters (4, 11, 15, and 20) of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation. Continue reading “Queering the Ethiopian Eunuch: Strategies of Ambiguity in Acts, 2013”

Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God, 2013

When Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God came out in 2015, I saw it celebrated by intersex friends and colleagues. This book, by Megan K. DeFranza also threw open the doors and windows for me as I was writing OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation. Continue reading “Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God, 2013”

Ashpenaz the Chief Eunuch (Daniel 1), 2019

In chapter 16 (“A Flock of Eunuchs”) of OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation, I mention Ashpenaz in passing as I describe the variety of eunuchs mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Ashpenaz was the chief eunuch of the court in Baylon and took (the prophet) Daniel (of the lion’s den) under wing, along with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (of the fiery furnace).

Peterson Toscano and Liam Hooper dig deeper into what we know about Ashpenaz in the 4th episode of their Bible Bash Podcast. While the Book of Daniel focuses a lot on Daniel, Peterson and Liam take the time to listen more carefully for what we might understand about Ashpenaz, rather than skimming right on past him as most do.
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