Crystal Cheatham is a Masters level writer and keynote facilitator. As the creator of The IDentity Kit Project, Crystal is a long time advocate of social change publishing articles for news sources including Spectrum magazine and Adventist Activism. Having been raised in a fundamentalist community and versed in biblical doctrine, Crystal is also a speaker for teen advocacy and workshop facilitator. As a community developer for Soulforce’s 2012 Equality Ride, Crystal led workshops and panel discussions at Universities including Stanford, Dallas Baptist, Mills College, and Southern Nazarene University. These workshops affirm gender identity, orientation, and spirituality for young adults, letting them know that "it's ok to be gay and Christian." Crystal continues her support of the Queer Christian community through The IDentity Kit Project with workshops hosted at the Philadelphia William Way Community Center for youth and young adults. Find out more about Crystal and her work at YourIDK.com and CrystalCheatham.com.
The IDentity Kit: For Queer Christian Youthby Crystal Cheatham
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Is it ok to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer and be a Christian at the same time? The IDentity Kit answers tough questions like this and more while affirming spirituality and sexuality for teen readers. Use this book as a fun and interactive guide to learning the differences between gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation while using helpful tools like Samuel Killermann's (from Itspronouncedmetrosexual.com) Gender Bread Person to plot your unique identity.
With special forward by Dr. Michele Angello who specializes in issues around sexual and gender orientation, teens learn how to read those tricky Bible texts as well as identify which verses affirm their gay, lesbian, trans, bi, or queer orientations. You too can join Crystal as she takes readers through a special experience where orientation, gender identity, and religious convictions are affirmed.
Discover how to distinguish fact from fiction with the Myth Busters section that breaks down myths like "God made Adam Eve not Adam and Steve." Find out why it's impossible to "pray the gay away," and how you can defy common stereotypes for LGBTQ people when you're at school, at church, or at work. Most importantly discover where you can get resources to help you through coming out, starting a Queer Straight Alliance at your school, information for your parents to read and get involved, affirming churches in your area, community centers that host LGBTQ events, and tips on movies, magazines, and websites that can answer more of your questions.
After you've read the book you can order the playing cards for hours of educational fun at YouriDK.com. If you want to learn more about the topics addressed in this book by participating in a group interaction, consider hosting an IDK workshop in your area. Find out more at YourIDK.com
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