Transgender & Christian
We understand that transgender and/or nonbinary people have different needs than cisgender people so this is a special section just for us.
Maybe you’re struggling with whether or not it’s okay to be trans or nonbinary or with whether you can transition.
Maybe you’re dealing with unaffirming parents (or parents who just don’t get it).
Maybe you want to see how your trans experience can enrich your faith.
We get that.
You are not alone. You’re in the right place and we’re excited to journey with you toward claiming your own goodness.
Wherever you are, we’ve got you covered.
Listen to these trans-themed episodes
May 16, 2021
Transitioning My Body & Faith
November 10, 2019
A Place to Belong feat Brandon Beck – Jonah 2:5-7
November 13, 2018
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018
November 14, 2017
Listener Questions: How do you know it’s OK to be transgender?
October 31, 2017
Transgender & Christian 2017
February 22, 2017
Transfiguration: Jesus Comes Out – Matthew 17:1-9
November 16, 2016
An important Transgender Day of Remembrance message for Christians
November 5, 2013
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013
September 24, 2013
Names – Luke 16:19-31
How you can know it's ok to be Trans & Christian?
I Am A Deviant
I’m considered a sinner. Living in rebellion. Immoral. Deviant. I am considered these things because I am a transgender person.
Transgender People Must Survive
Some weeks it all seems to be too much. Some months it seems as if the pain won’t relent. Some
Have You Ever Even Read The Bible?
An anonymous person (of course, they are always anonymous) sent me this message over on Tumblr. Normally I would ignore
How Do You Reconcile Your Trans Identity With Your Religion?
How did you reconcile your trans identity with your religion? The question comes up after almost every talk I give,
If God Does Not Make Mistakes Why Are You Transgender?
Every time I tell my story in front of a religious group the question comes up. I know it’s coming.
Learning To Love Your Transgender Siblings (And Your Transgender Self)
Can I tell you a secret? The transgender people I know (myself included) are getting really tired of having to
A Love Letter To Transgender People From A Transgender Priest
I see you existing. And surviving. And thriving. I want you to know that you are seen and loved just as you are.
Transgender and Christian?
“Is it OK to be Christian and transgender?” and “What’s it like to be a transgender Christian?” are questions I
Our experiences reveal the divine more fully
Your Body Is Good: A Resurrection Sermon
There’s something else in the Jesus and Thomas story that’s stunning: Jesus, in his resurrected body, keeps his scars.
A Strange Baptism: Sermon on the Ethiopian Eunuch
Acts of the Apostles 8: 26-40 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards
Transgender People And The Image Of God
Over the last couple of months I’ve gotten asked the same question multiple times: How do transgender people fit in
What Queer and Trans Christians Know About Advent
Advent is a time of waiting. A time where we sink into the story, the shorter days, the feeling of
Lent as a body honoring practice?
Lent can feel like a depressing and punishing liturgical season with all of the emphasis on giving things up and
How to be a better ally to trans people
7 Habits of Highly Effective Allies
You started down the road of being an ally for LGBT people and now you find yourself realizing that this
Do I Have To Be Okay With Transgender People
Is it possible for me to not change my mind on transgender issues? To believe that it’s wrong? I hear
How Do We Reach More Transgender People?
One from the mailbag! Hello! We’d like to do outreach to the transgender community, but we’re not sure how. We’ve
Transgender Youth at Overnight Camps and Retreats
When I do trainings about transgender youth in particular (but sometimes LGBQ youth in general) one of the main questions
You Can’t Build A Bridge Between LGBTQ+ People And The Church
I’ve taken to tweeting “No bridges need to be built “between” the LGBTQ and Christian communities. BECAUSE THERE ARE A
An Open Letter to Faith Leaders for Transgender Day of Remembrance
This letter was written by jennifer caitlín eller and sent privately to her friends; it is published here with her
Listen to Transgender People
I am a cisgender man. When I speak about transgender issues, that fact should make you less likely to listen
Is Your Church Working In Solidarity With Transgender People?
Your progressive, LGBT-affirming church might have more in common with Donald Trump than you’d care to admit. Progressive Christians were,
Kind Homophobia and Transphobia Is Still Evil
Love the sinner, hate the sin. I support you but I don’t support your lifestyle. I love you but I can’t use
What I learned about faith & justice from my transgender friends
I’m sitting in the Carnegie Mellon dining hall with my friend and Sanctuary Collective co-conspirator Micah talking with two young
How to find a church that is safe for LGBTQ people
One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “how do I find a church?” So many queer and
Division & Solidarity: A letter to straight allies
When a person, organization, or government opposes the full equality of queer people, they create a gulf between themselves and
Journey to LGBT Affirmation: An interview with Peggy Campolo
“What changed for me, changed the day I met Jesus in the hospital room of a friend who was dying”
How to Tell if Your Church is Welcoming for Transgender People
Is your church welcoming of transgender people? And if it is, does anyone know? Lots of churches declare their “open
Can straight people queer theology?
We recently got an email with the subject “Reading queerly as a straight/cis dude” and the following question: I loved
Did you know the resurrection is trans?
When I was in seminary I was struggling to find meaning in my faith. Then an assignment on the Doubting Thomas narrative in my exegesis class changed everything. I suddenly saw myself in the Gospel story for the first time and it made me excited about how my queer and transgender experience might deepen Bible reading for me instead of be a detriment.
Over the course of several months I wrote a “transgender passion narrative” and it saved my faith. It was the first time in a long time that I felt emotionally engaged with God and with theology. I’m excited to announce the release of that work — part theology, part memoir — in digital book form as Walking Toward Resurrection.
Get access to Walking Toward Resurrection, and the companion journal Claiming Your Spiritual Story, inside of Sanctuary Collective »
If conversation between you and your parent or child is strained...
Micah was raised in a loving, conservative Christian family but as he grew older, his relationship with his family dwindled. With this powerful collection of emails, Micah shares the conversations that he had with his mother while coming out as transgender. We hope these emails can help you — no matter where you’re coming from.