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en(gender)ed

78 EpisodesProduced by Teri YuanWebsite

en(gender)ed features stories that explore the systems, practices, and policies that enable gender-based violence and oppression and the solutions to end it. We teach feminism and decolonize hearts and minds, one story at a time.

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Episode 21: #SurvivorStories Series with Jordan on leaving his fundamentalist Christian home

On this episode, we speak with Jordan, a cis-gendered bisexual man who identifies as an intersectional feminist, anti-racist and pro-LGBTQAI.  He grew up in Dallas, Texas as the second child out of 8 in a conservative Christian home who followed the teachings of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, established by Bill Gothard (a ministry that was popular with the TLC Duggar Family of 19 Kids and Counting).

As a child, Jordan grew up isolated from his community, homeschooled by his parents and often called upon to take an active role in caring for his younger siblings.  Ever since he was introduced to a computer when he was ten, Jordan has been fascinated with coding and not only taught himself how to code, but also has made a career out of it ever since.   At 32, Jordan left home to move to NYC and pursue a career as a programmer, leaving his family and siblings behind.  His journey over the past several decades since then has taken him to the likes of raves, Burning Man, Costa Rica, and finally home to himself..  By connecting with the range of people and places in his travels, Jordan has opened his eyes to the abuse and oppression he experienced as a child, by his parents and by his church, and reinforced by the patriarchal norms that shape all of us in this society.

Jordan is here with us today to share his story of survival and transformation.  

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