On Peter Toscano’s “Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender In the Bible”.


Against Literary Transphobia

An early writing mentor told me once that sharing my story will save lives. I believe in the power of words to save lives, but the flipside is their power to harm. And I can’t overstate the harm transphobic writing like Daniel Harris’s “The Sacred Andogen: The Transgender Debate,” published in The Antioch Review, can…

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An Open Letter to The Antioch Review

Dear Antioch Review, In your May 5th statement regarding the essay, “The Sacred Androgen: The Transgender Debate” by Daniel Harris, you celebrate an admittedly “deeply offensive” essay for “stirring debate.” In doing so, you note that a “key Antiochian value” is to offer a forum for free expression, to encourage critical thought and dialogue. I…


Whitewashing Stonewall?

In assessing President Obama’s now-famous references to Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall, the Rev. David Weekly, one of the few out trans UMC clergy persons, asked on his blog why once again the transgender community was not included in his remarks. After all, Vice President Biden declared transgender rights to be the civil rights issue…

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Out of the Box with Two Spirits

I caught a screening of the documentary Two Spirits while covering the 2012 Philadelphia TransHealth Conference. While the film focuses on the all too common story of yet another teen killed due to gender identity, this story also highlights that time when Native Americans held places of honor for people of integrated genders. According to…

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Telling Trans Stories

While reporting on trans issues, a friend connected me with Shay Kearns (aka Anarchist Reverend). In my email exchanges with this seminary graduate (M.Div from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY), I found myself drawn to his exploration of a new way forward for queer theology; one that isn’t focused on apologetics but instead…


Building the Big Tent with Ancient Future Disciples

Buddha-killer extraordinaire Becky Garrison has a new book! Ancient Future Disciples: Meeting Jesus in Mission-shaped Ministries continues the pilgrimage she began in Jesus Died for This? This time, Becky wanted to find out how some of the more radically inclusive Episcopalian communities work. How do clergy reach out to people who are not likely to set foot inside a…