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The phrase “God is still speaking” was popularized in an United Church of Christ advertising campaign.


The opening quote in chapter 1 is from Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen quoted in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution on October 8, 1989. For more about McQueen, please review “‘Gone with the Wind’ Icon McQueen Was Lifelong Atheist” (July 14, 2019, with video) by Rick Snedeker at (

The photo known as “The Scourged Back” is in the public domain, but attributed to McPherson & Oliver. For more about the story, please review “The Shocking Photo of ‘Whipped Peter’ That Made Slavery’s Brutality Impossible to Deny” (February 7, 2019) by Erin Blakemore at ( The photo accompanied the article, “A Typical Negro,” which appeared in Harper’s Weekly (July 4, 1863).

Beginning with Christianity

Scofield Reference Bible (1909 first edition). The Christian Bible is available variously in many English translations.

The Lord Is My Shepherd—and, He Knows I’m Gay: The Autobiography of the Reverend Troy D. Perry (1987) by Troy Perry

Where the Edge Gathers: Building a Community of Radical Inclusion (2005) by Yvette Flunder

OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation (2019) by Mx Chris Paige

Otherwise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance (2020 anthology), edited by Mx Chris Paige

Converting to Judaism

For more about the Transcendence Gospel Choir, please review (

Jewish sacred texts (Torah, Talmud, Mishna, Tanya, Zohar) are available variously in English translation.

Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community (2010 anthology), edited by Noach Dzmura

Exploring Islam

The Qur’an is available variously in English translation.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) by Malcolm X with Alex Haley

The Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity includes stories from several transgender Muslims in their Azaan project at

You can reach out to the Trans and Muslim Project through Transfaith (

More on Gender

Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne (2017) by Wilda Gafney

God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships (2015) by Matthew Vines

Still Black

Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen (documentary, 2008),

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (2017) by C. Riley Snorton

Black Trans Prayer Book (2020 anthology) edited by J Mase III and Dane Figueroa Edidi

Listening to Non-believers

The Atheist Bible: An Illustrious Collection of Irreverent Thoughts (2007) by Joan Konner

The Satanic Bible (1966) by Anton Szandor Lavey

Freedom from Religion Foundation,

Gone with the Wind (1939 film)

Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (2019) by Christopher Cameron

Love Is My Religion

For more about Mātā Amritānandamayī Devī (“Amma”), please visit

Cultivating Quiet

New Seeds of Contemplation (1962) by Thomas Merton

Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices (2019 anthology), edited by Kevin Manders and Elizabeth Marston

A World of Wonders

James Cone is credited with advancing Black liberation theology and published numerous books. Three early works of interest were Black Theology and Black Power (1969), A Black Theology of Liberation (1970), and God of the Oppressed (1975)

Pacific School of Religion,

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life (2012) by Lois Tverberg

Jesus and the Disinherited (1949) by Howard Thurman

Finding Freedom

Freedom from the Known (2009) by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1994) by Maya Angelou


Trans Anointing,

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