Faith and gender can intersect in people’s lives in many ways. As gender understandings are evolving broadly throughout society, many faith traditions are evaluating their role in defining and interpreting gender, and many people are navigating their gender identities within their faith traditions. All this month our programs will focus on gender and faith, with a variety of voices, including faith leaders, individuals who have had struggles and joys in their faith communities, young people who are exploring the intersections between their gender and faith, and many others.

Check back to this page often (and follow Gender Spectrum on Facebook and Instagram) as new programs will be added throughout the month. Also, be sure to see our resources on faith and gender.

A Conversation with Austen Hartke

Austen Hartke is a Transgender person of faith with a passion for helping other trans and gender-non-conforming people see themselves in scripture. His new book, available on Amazon now and for full release on April 7, is Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution. Watch this engaging conversation between Austen and Gender Spectrum Executive Director Lisa Kenney.

Young People on Gender and Faith

Our Youth Council members made this thoughtful video to discuss ways that gender and faith intersect in their lives. Elliot, Tom and Jude all have strong feelings on faith, and great advice for other young people who are navigating gender in any faith tradition. We’re also excited for Elliot’s interview later this month with J. Mase III, so watch for that coming soon!


Inclusive Practices Among Faith Leaders

More and more faith leaders from across the country and of various traditions are bringing gender-inclusion to their communities. Below are just a few examples:

Read Reverend Tynan Power’s Washington Post article, “As a trans Muslim, I used to feel vulnerable all the time.”

Read the Huffington Post article “Evangelical Christians On a Faith Journey to Supporting LGBTQ Equality” by Reverend Dr. David W. Key, Sr. of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.

Coming soon we will post new programs featuring more stories and interviews on gender and faith. Bookmark this page to catch them all!