Welcome you to our new site where we can share with you some of the work we are doing together.
Lianne found Megan on FaceBook back when Megan was working on her doctoral dissertation--the document that would eventually become her book, Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God. Lianne lamented the fact that she had yet to find theological resources about intersex that she could feel comfortable and confident sharing with her conservative pastor. She was hoping Megan's work would provide part of that solution. Meanwhile Megan was glad to find someone willing to read three hundred pages and give feedback on her developing ideas.
Lianne had been active in education, advocacy, and support for years long before we met. She is an active blogger and founder of xyTurners, a support group for children with Mixed Gonadal Dysgenesis, some of whom had treatment induced gender dysphoria. Finding stories to be a powerful medium she wrote Confessions of a Teenage Hermaprodite, a fictionalized account of and intersex boy growing up in a conservative Christian family. Lianne has gone on to publish another novel, A Proper Young Lady, the story of a girl with AIS (Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome) coming to terms with her own identity, her desires for love and family.
For several years we communicated via email until an opportunity arose to speak together at the Wild Goose Festival, in Hot Springs, NC, in August of 2013. There, in the rain and humidity under a small white tent by the river Lianne shared some of her story of growing up intersex, finding faith in Jesus, and eventually, finally, integrating both of these aspects of her identity. Megan recounted how Christians have historically read the Bible in ways that marginalize intersex persons and then suggested alternative—we think better—ways of interpreting the Bible. Thus our partnership began.
Now we speak together, and write, and are collaborating on new ways to get the message out, the message that Christian faith does not need to marginalize those who do not fit neatly into the categories of "Son of Adam" or "Daughter of Eve." We believe all of our churches and communities of faith can be places where all of God's children are safe and all are welcome.
We hope you'll join us.