Intersex and Faith was founded by Lianne Simon and Megan DeFranza. Lianne is intersex (see her story in this video). She has long been an advocate and educator. She is the author of two novels that include intersex characters: Confessions of a Teenage Hermaprodite and A Proper Young Lady, Megan is a scholar who wrote the book Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God.
Lianne and Megan created Intersex and Faith because there were no theological resources for those who are intersex, as well as for those who want to understand what it means to be made in the image of God with all its complexity. Their mission is: “Working together to support, advocate with, and educate others about intersex people to help faith communities welcome those born outside the male/female binary.”
One of the projects they are currently working on is a documentary called Stories of Intersex and Faith. It features stories of five intersex people. Watch the trailer:
The New York Times has recently posted a lovely video op-ed of a gay couple, Santi and Austin, students at the evangelical Christian school, Point Loma Nazarene. Don’t miss it! You can view it at this link.
Queerology was started by Matthias Roberts to help “LGBTQ people of faith understand they’re not alone so they can live confident and fulfilling lives.” The site features podcasts interviews of LGBTQ people of faith. Matthias also blogs and has a video channel on YouTube. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology and Culture and is currently completing a second Master’s in Counseling Psychology. In the video below, he talks about Brené Brown and the reality that we will sometimes make people uncomfortable.
Irshad Manji is a Canadian Muslim who was born in Kampala, Uganda to an Indian father and Egyptian mother. She is an author and speaker seeking to restore Islam to its principles of justice. But she also hopes to invite all people into a movement through her Moral Courage Project. Manji married her partner, Laura Albano in 2016. In the video below she speaks on moving from polarization to conversation.
See also this interview with Voice of America about Islam. She states: “Faith is secure enough to handle questions. Faith never needs to be threatened by questions. Dogma, on the other hand, is always threatened by questions.”
Filmmaker Sandi DuBowski describes his documentary Trembling Before G-d as one that “shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma — how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. . . Faiths in the 21st century — Anglicans, Episcopalians, Methodists — are all deeply struggling with gender and sexuality, but with Trembling Before G-d, for the first time, this issue became a live, public debate in Orthodox Jewish circles, and the film was and is both witness and catalyst to this historic moment. What emerged is a loving and fearless testament to faith and survival and the universal struggle to belong.” The filmmakers hope the movie will spark of movement of positive change.