I call the period from 1996-2006 the “transgender spring,” that is, the first decade of transgender Christian publishing. While not intended to be a detailed history, I do want to highlight a bit about what it meant to be writing about transgender concerns in that period. Every sighting of a transgender Christian was precious through those years. Continue reading “The Transgender Spring, 1996-2006”
Tabernacle United Church (Tab) was gracious enough to host my book launch in July, but it was a mid-summer weekday night and many people were not able to come. I’ll be back on Sunday, September 8, 2019 to lead Tab.EDU (adult education)on a regular Sunday after worship.
When I was creating the list of transgender Christian (auto) biographies, I remembered that we also have some oral histories. It’s actually super wonderful to be able to hear our people’s voices. As always, please let me know if you are aware of transgender Christians who may be lurking in other oral history archives!
- Sky Anderson
- Louis Mitchell (wrote the forward to OtherWise Christian)
- Virginia Mollenkott (author of Omnigender)
- Barbara Satin
- Erin Swenson (another one)
- Jonathon Thunderword
In addition, I’ll want to make a list of documentaries, which are a little different. However, The Believers is one that I think should also be on an oral history list.
Thank you to the LGBT Religious Archives Network for hosting several oral histories!
Compiled by Mx. Chris Paige on on August 16, 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.
If you’re in the Greater Charlotte, NC area, you should really try to join the Ministries Beyond Welcome team for “Reading Scripture across Trans-Queer Experience!”
This is exactly one of the reasons that I want to have OtherWise Christian Ambassadors (OCA) across the country (and perhaps around the world!). I can’t be in North Carolina that week, but our Ambassador, The Rev Debra Hopkins, will be present with copies of OtherWise Christian: a Guidebook for Transgender Liberation available for sale (please bring $25 cash)! Continue reading “Reading Scripture Event, Sept 14”
Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith by Justin Tanis is one of the two most influential books in transgender theology (the other being Omnigender). First published by Pilgrim Press in 2003, this book was originally Tanis’s D.Min dissertation. It was out of print for a time and was republished as Trans-Gender: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith in 2018, now by Justin Sabia-Tanis under the umbrella of Wipf and Stock. Continue reading “Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith, 2003 and 2018”
I wrote a book! OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation.
We’re going to hold a book launch event at Tabernacle United Church in (University City) Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 starting at 6pm. This is also the eve of the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, so we hope that some folk who are arriving will also be able to join us!! (Can’t do Wednesday night? How about Saturday (July 27) at Old First?)
Crossing Paths: Where Transgender and Religion Meet was published in 2003 as a 114 page PDF by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Concerns.
While this UUA resource is not exclusively Christian, Crossing Paths was one of the first readily available PDF format anthology in the “transgender spring.” The PDF was originally available on the UUA’s website. However, the copy we link to is a copy retained on the Transfaith website.
TransFaith Online began as a personal project of Mx Chris Paige in 1999.
The launch of TransFaith Online was a critical turn in networking for transgender Christians–an early step in what I am calling the “transgender spring.” Despite many years of neglect, TransFaith Online eventually became the #1 Google search result for “transgender Christian.”
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.