201: Rj Robles and Searching for a Home Church
about the episode
Rj discuss their journey finding an affirming home church. Communities that seem to be inclusive and loving, sometimes do not live up to those statements. But Rj demonstrate for us a resilience, and an ongoing curiosity about how to honor trans lives in our churches. They identify as queer and transgender with the gender pronouns they/them/theirs.
International Transgender Day of Visibility is March 31. Learn more.
Definitions from this Episode:
Queer - A term people often use to express fluid identities and orientations. Often used interchangeably with "LGBTQ."
Genderqueer - Genderqueer people typically reject notions of static categories of gender and embrace a fluidity of gender identity and often, though not always, sexual orientation. People who identify as "genderqueer" may see themselves as being both male and female, neither male nor female or as falling completely outside these categories.
Pansexual - Describes someone who has the potential for emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to people of any gender though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
Faith Denominations Mentioned:
Morelight Presbyterians: https://mlp.org
New Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Nashville: https://www.churchclarity.org/church/new-covenant-christian-church-195
Trans Resources Mentioned in Nashville:
Middle TN Transgender Support Group (TVALS): http://www.tvals.org
Southerners on New Ground (SONG): http://southernersonnewground.org
Transbuddy at Vanderbilt Medical Center: https://www.vumc.org/lgbtq/trans-buddy-program