The author, a nontransgender pastor, spent three years serving a church where ten percent of the congregation identified as trans men, trans women, cross-dressers, or genderqueer. This motivated her to learn about gender variant people and put her in situations where her previous understanding of the Bible was greatly expanded. The Bible and the Transgender Experience explores whether or not God creates only two genders; what Jesus had to say about gender variance; various understandings of "the cross-dressing passage"; gender variant groups and individuals in scripture; and the movement, within scripture itself, from the exclusion of gender variant people to their inclusion within the people of God. In this scholarly, yet easy-to-read book, Herzer gives clear, insightful accounts of what she has learned. A must-read for all pastors, chaplains, counselors, and congregants, and for family and friends of transgender people, as well as for gender-variant individuals seeking to find their stories in the biblical narrative, and desiring to know how scripture supports them. A refreshing and much-needed contribution to the public debates about the rights of transgender people.
Linda Tatro Herzer is co-founder of TransformationJourneysWW.com, a cutting edge diversity training firm with a transgender focus. As an active ally, she travels nationally speaking, preaching, and working with corporations and organizations to help them become more trans inclusive. Herzer has pastored churches in New York and Georgia and has worked as a school librarian. She is the proud mother of one daughter and lives in Atlanta.