Centering Black Trans Experience with J Mase III
We’re so excited to bring this discussion with former colleague and activist comrade, J Mase III for this episode of our Summer Guest Series! We get into the intersections of faith, transness, and queerness and his impactful work as a creative and public theologian.
J Mase III is an award winning Black Trans poet, author, educator, and filmmaker. He was raised in a Christian and Muslim home and coined the term ‘Black Trans Liberation Theology’ alongside his creative partner, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi. His recent book, Josephine: a trans story of biblical proportions is available now and he talks with us about his love of this familiar story. He is winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Non-Fiction and a Creative Capital Award, he is co-director of the forthcoming documentary, the Black Trans Prayer Book and is finishing his latest solo work, Is Your God a Violent God? Finding a Theology for Survivors.
We discuss with J Mase his work and healing from the trauma of a violent religion, the importance of centering arts to center activism, poetry as prayer, and moving resources as impactful justice work.
- Josephine by J Mase III, illustrated by Wriply Bennet
- Website: https://jmaseiii.com/
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- The Black Trans Prayer Book
- Wit López, artist: https://witlopez.com/
- Virginia Theological Seminary Reparations work https://vts.edu/reparations-faq/
- Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva
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