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Blessed Are the Binary Breakers

22 EpisodesProduced by Avery SmithWebsite

Join seminary graduate Avery Smith as they interview transgender and nonbinary people of various religions about their experiences with faith and gender. Discover the wonderful diversity of gifts and wisdom that trans people offer their faith communities.Find episode transcripts at blessedarethebina… read more

22 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Mx Chris Paige is an OtherWise holy hybrid

May 26th, 2020


Chris Paige has been compiling resources for trans persons of faith since the late 1990s, when the word "OtherWise" came to them on a mountaintop to describe those who do not fit into Western binaries constructed around …

How are trans people like Shiva, Joseph, and Joan of Arc?

April 28th, 2020


Instead of an interview, this episode dives into faith history to present three stories that may resonate with trans and nonbinary people today. I draw from others' research to share accounts of: the divine …

Sacred body, sacred space - stories of trans spirituality across faiths

March 24th, 2020


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, …

Washing off Cisheteronormativity: Dr. S.J. Crasnow on centering LGBTQ persons in faith communities

February 25th, 2020


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 …

Taylor's faith evolution into a seminary-bound Christian witch

January 27th, 2020


Taylor's faith is constantly evolving, from Presbyterian to atheist and back again, with their Christian faith expanding to include witchcraft. …

"Start from a place of 'I don't know everything'": prabhdeep singh kehal on queerness, colonialism, and interfaith dialogue

December 31st, 2019


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 …

Enrique is cultivating the fruits of the Spirit

November 26th, 2019


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 …

"We just want to be heard": Dee on Chile, race, disability, and trans rights

October 29th, 2019


Dee Garnica shares their experience as a 19-year-old nonbinary Chilean, discussing issues of disability, race, and transgender rights in Chile. 

How are trans people like Jonah? - A Jewish trans woman's perspective

August 14th, 2019


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 …

Rev. Jo Inkpin is flourishing with a trans-ing God

July 24th, 2019


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, …

Luca is making their community stronger

July 7th, 2019


Luca Alexander is passionate about raising the voices of marginalized women and LGBTQ+ individuals, doing so through their job at the Boston-based …

From End Times to a new beginning: Adi is reconstructing their faith

June 23rd, 2019


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 …

Alex is a Haitian Vodou Priest

June 9th, 2019


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. …

When faith hurts: Sharing stories of transphobic violence

May 12th, 2019


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 …

Hanka is a Polish cryptid

April 28th, 2019


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 …

"God's not gonna leave you": Christian Witchcraft with Phoenyx

April 14th, 2019


Phoenyx (they or she pronouns) is 30 years old, bisexual, working towards becoming a national certified counselor, and has been exploring different …

Eli and the prophet Elijah

March 31st, 2019


Eli Rosenberg used to think that being trans was incompatible with faith.  But with help from their rabbi,, and the prophet Elijah, they discovered that Judaism has room for all sorts of people and …

Adam is a lifelong Methodist

March 17th, 2019


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 …

Derek loves his family

March 3rd, 2019


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 …

The UMC General Conference: a nonbinary Methodist's hopes and fears

February 22nd, 2019


From February 23-26, 2019, the United Methodist Church is holding a special general conference specifically for the discussion of "human sexuality." …

Willow errs on the side of grace

February 17th, 2019


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, …

Avery’s genderqueer calling

January 21st, 2019


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 …

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