Blessed Are the Binary Breakers

Blessed Are the Binary Breakers

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Join seminary graduate Avery Smith as they interview transgender and nonbinary people about their experiences with faith and gender. Discover the wonderful diversity of gifts and wisdom that trans people offer their faith communities. This is an interfaith podcast. Find episode transcripts at transchristianity.com/podcast


Sacred body, sacred space - stories of trans spirituality across faiths
Mar 24 • 74 min
The spiritual lives of trans persons are as rich and varied as anyone’s - and indeed, are often enriched by their transness. In this episode, 14 trans and nonbinary persons from a variety of faiths - heathenism, Judaism, Christianity, Shinto, and more -…
Washing off Cisheteronormativity: Dr. S.J. Crasnow on centering LGBTQ persons in faith communities
Feb 25 • 50 min
Dr. S.J. Crasnow is a 35-year-old Jewish Californian who has made a home with their spouse in Kansas City, Missouri, where SJ teaches and researches in the religious studies department of a small university. Join us as SJ talks about growing up in a…
Taylor’s faith evolution into a seminary-bound Christian witch
Jan 27 • 43 min
Taylor’s faith is constantly evolving, from Presbyterian to atheist and back again, with their Christian faith expanding to include witchcraft. Learning from their family from a young age that politics and activism are part of following Jesus, Taylor has…
“Start from a place of ‘I don’t know everything’”: prabhdeep singh kehal on queerness, colonialism, and interfaith dialogue
Dec 31, 2019 • 70 min
prabhdeep singh kehal’s identities as a Sikh and as an educator motivate them to share knowledge wherever they can — in classrooms, online, through resources for LGBTQ Sikhs and their families, and by partaking in interviews like this one! Listen as…
Enrique is cultivating the fruits of the Spirit
Nov 26, 2019 • 50 min
After realizing that they did not have to try to be the cishet man their Catholic church and family expected them to be, and that God is bigger than any one institution, Enrique Cintrón explored a variety of religions before finding a home in the…
“We just want to be heard”: Dee on Chile, race, disability, and trans rights
Oct 29, 2019 • 51 min
Dee Garnica shares their experience as a 19-year-old nonbinary Chilean, discussing issues of disability, race, and transgender rights in Chile. While the country does offer universal healthcare, as well as certain legal rights for trans persons, Dee has…
How are trans people like Jonah? - A Jewish trans woman’s perspective
Aug 13, 2019 • 15 min
Announcement: Blessed Are the Binary Breakers is going on a hiatus until October! This is the last episode of season 1 of this podcast. The next episode will come up at the end of October. In the meantime, I invite trans and/or nonbinary people from any…
Rev. Jo Inkpin is flourishing with a trans-ing God
Jul 23, 2019 • 74 min
After coming out several years ago, Josephine Inkpin became the first openly transgender priest in the Anglican Church of Australia. Born in England, where she and her wife were part of the fight for women’s ordination, Jo moved to Australia in 2000 and…
Luca is making their community stronger
Jul 7, 2019 • 50 min
Luca Alexander is passionate about raising the voices of marginalized women and LGBTQ+ individuals, doing so through their job at the Boston-based consulting team VISIONS, through their scholarship at Boston University, and through participation in queer…
From End Times to a new beginning: Adi is reconstructing their faith
Jun 23, 2019 • 52 min
Adi McNally’s life is looking up. For one thing, they’ve just gotten top surgery! Adi’s also moved from a church that kept them isolated and fearful to a church that welcomes all that they are; from being in a homeschool group with right wing values to…
Alex is a Haitian Vodou Priest
Jun 9, 2019 • 52 min
There are fewer than 5 known transgender priests in the Haitian Vodou religion, and as far as he knows Alex Batagi (initiated under the name Bonkira Bon Oungan, “what is good is rare”) is the only currently active one. With the guidance of his spiritual…
When faith hurts: Sharing stories of transphobic violence
May 12, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, five people share their stories of religious hurt. Bryce winces when he hears church music. Neko worries about her family finding out she’s LGBT, but dreams of leaving Indonesia to be herself. Ryka discovers that they are gay and trans…
Hanka is a Polish cryptid
Apr 28, 2019 • 57 min
Hanka (he/him or she/her) is a 19-year-old bigender lesbian who was born in Warsaw, has lived in places like Belgium and Israel, and is back in Warsaw again. In this interview, Hanka talks about what it’s like to be LGBT in Poland, a very Catholic country…
“God’s not gonna leave you”: Christian Witchcraft with Phoenyx
Apr 14, 2019 • 45 min
Phoenyx (they or she pronouns) is 30 years old, bisexual, working towards becoming a national certified counselor, and has been exploring different religions for the past few years. Raised Catholic and discovering Christian witchcraft around age 13,…
Eli and the prophet Elijah
Mar 31, 2019 • 48 min
Eli Rosenberg used to think that being trans was incompatible with faith. But with help from their rabbi, transtorah.org, and the prophet Elijah, they discovered that Judaism has room for all sorts of people and welcomes questions without answers. In this…
Adam is a lifelong Methodist
Mar 17, 2019 • 47 min
In a previous episode, Adam Richards talked to us about the United Methodist Church’s general conference, but we didn’t get to hear much about their own life! Adam has a deep love for Wesleyan theology’s focus on good fruits and for their university’s…
Derek loves his family
Mar 3, 2019 • 69 min
Derek Guy has a lot of love to give: for his family, for the youth he’s worked with, and for communities where he can fully be himself as a Black trans man. In this episode, Derek describes how he’s been able to transform his traumatic experiences with…
The UMC General Conference: a nonbinary Methodist’s hopes and fears
Feb 21, 2019 • 39 min
From February 23-26, 2019, the United Methodist Church is holding a special general conference specifically for the discussion of “human sexuality.” The outcome will impact all members of the UMC, but particularly those within it who are LGBTQ+. In this…
Willow errs on the side of grace
Feb 17, 2019 • 52 min
Join me and Willow Hovingh as she shares her experiences as a trans woman transitioning in her fifties. Coming out has brought Willow an abundance of blessings in her personal well-being, her work life and church life, and in her relationships with…
Avery’s genderqueer calling
Jan 21, 2019 • 30 min
In this first episode, Avery discusses what made them start up this podcast. They then explore how genderqueerness is part of the vocation they have been discerning since their childhood days of preaching homilies to stuffed animals, all the way through…