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Brian Pellot

Brian Pellot is director of global strategy at Religion News Foundation and Religion News Service. He organized and implemented the November 2016 workshop in Cape Town and wrote this guide, its corresponding curriculum, and the forthcoming reporting guide on religion and sexual/gender minorities in sub-Saharan Africa. 

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The transgender faithful: How welcome are they?

As the International Transgender Day of Remembrance approaches on Nov. 20, transgender is having a moment, both in society and in religious communities. As transgender Americans become more vocal about their needs and rights, faith groups find themselves navigating a realm of possible responses.

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Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum is a national organization that advocates for and supports transgender youth, their families, educators and health providers. It maintains a “topics” page on its website about transgender and faith traditions and faith leaders and publishes a resource guide for faith communities. Lisa Kenney is executive director. Gender Spectrum is based in the San Francisco […]

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Joy Ladin

Joy Ladin is the author of Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, which documents her spiritual and physical journey from male to female. She is an English professor at Yeshiva University in New York City. Contact via the office of public affairs at Yeshiva.

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Noach Dzmura

Noach Dzmura manages Jewish Transitions, an educational resource for transgender and gender-variant individuals and faith communities that want to become more welcoming of the transgender community. He is the editor of Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in the Jewish Community.  

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Levi Alter

Levi Alter is a rabbi and president of Female-to-Male International, an advocacy organization for transgender people who move from female to male bodies. FTMI is based in San Francisco.

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Bernard Schlager

Bernard Schlager is executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, described as “the only Center for LBGTQ issues and religion established by a seminary or school of religion in the world.” Affiliated with the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., it has held conferences for LGBT religious leaders.

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