In this interview, Mona talks to Nathan, who self-identifies as a gay, queer, Catholic divinity student. Nathan shares their story about being a part of the community of genderqueer people of faith and not fitting into a gender binary – including gender performance, coming out, internalized homophobia, and what faith and the belief in the Image of God has meant for their life. They discuss ways to the church can be more responsive and loving toward trans and genderqueer people.
Organization: I Am From Drift Wood – From their About page, “I’m From Driftwood aims to help LGBTQ people learn more about their community, straight people learn more about their neighbors and everyone learn more about themselves through the power of storytelling and story sharing. Increasing empathy and empowering individuals is accomplished by creating an apolitical forum for LGBTQ stories from every age, race, gender, background and culture. The stories deepen our understanding of each other, preserve history, and open hearts and minds.”
Blog: A Safe Space for Queer Christians – From their About page, “This blog seeks to be a safe space for queer Christians, at all stages in their faith and regardless of sexuality/gender identity. A place to accept, but also to encourage. And to provide resources of all forms, from sermons promoting equality to articles taking you down the finer points of Biblical translation. We don’t have all the answers, nor do we claim to have them, but we’re here to support, to accept, and to remind you that God is love. Feel free to message with questions, concerns, or just to share your story.”
Personality: Andrea Gibson
Book – Amazon Affiliate Link: Pastrix – The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Organization: Metropolitan Community Church – Resources on Queer Christianity. From their About page, “Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.”
A big thank you to Mike Golin for our intro and outro music. Check out his band Soulwise.
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