Transgender Journeys by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Vanessa Sheridan
"No matter how you identify yourself on the wide spectrum of genderand some people find themselves in significantly different locations on that spectrum from day to dayif you're Christian and you care about issues of gender, transgender, and justice, this book is for you."from the Introduction
Based on their own journeys as transgendered Christians, Mollenkott and Sheridan have created an inspiring book about hope, opportunity, struggle, joy, difficulty, and transcendence. They offer information and inspiration while sharing real-life experiences about the joy and pain of being both Christian and gender-variant to illustrate how each person's enactment of their authentic self helps to create an environment that moves toward moral justice for all persons. Those who identify as gender-variant or are struggling with their own identity will find this book a useful companion on their journey. It is also a valuable resource for those seeking to help their communities take the next steps toward a more just society. Chapter topics include:
- Equipping for the Journey - Reordering Our Travel Priorities - Virginia Ramey Mollenkott's Gender-Variant Journey - Vanessa Sheridan's GenderVariant Journey - What Does It Mean to Walk a Transgender Christian Pathway? - Reclaiming Our Territory, Mapping Our Pathway - Developing a Theology for the Transgender Journey - Coming Out as an Act of Faith - Wilderness Pilgrims and Prophets - Steps that Lie Ahead
Virginia Ramey Mollenkott is Professor Emeritus of English at the William Paterson University of New Jersey and the author of thirteen books, including Omnigender: A Trans-Religious Approach (The Pilgrim Press, 2001), which won a Lambda Literary Award in 2002. She lives in Hewitt, New Jersey.
Vanessa Sheridan is active within the transgender community as a speaker and writer on issues related to spirituality. She is the author of Crossing Over: Liberating the Transgendered Christian (The Pilgrim Press, 2001). She lives in the greater Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Welcome to this Exploration! 1
1 Equipping for the Journey 5
2 Reordering our Travel Priorities 16
3 Virginia Ramey Mollenkott's Gender-Variant Journey 38
4 Vanessa Sheridan's Gender-Variant Journey 53
5 What does it Mean to Walk a Transgender Christian Pathway? 68
6 Reclaiming out territory, Mapping out Pathway 88
7 Developing a Theology for the Transgender Journey 106