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30 Days of Social Justice 21: Transgender/Transphobia #30daysofsocialjustice #amwriting

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In 2011 the Circle of Cerridwen dropped a social justice bomb about transgender issues on Pantheacon.

In 2012, because of the work we did in 2011, we published an anthology entitled “Gender and Transgender in Modern Paganism” (which is a free PDF download, or you can buy a paper copy slightly above cost). We also did a big open discussion/ritual so that people could express their feelings around these issues. Afterwards, Z. Budapest wrote some pretty hateful stuff on my blog, to which my wife had a beautiful response.

After these two events, we saw, much to our surprise and happiness, many people and groups (such as CAYA coven and P. Sufenas Virius Lupus) take up the banner and create space in the pagan community that is welcoming to all genders and sexual orientations. It’s not perfect, and there’s still plenty of work to do, but it has been amazing to see just how much the paradigm has shifted.

I’m proud of the work that my coven did around transgender acceptance. As a coven, we’ve moved on to doing more support for other people doing the work and we’ve also moved more into teaching about radical inclusion. But our commitment to supporting transgender, gender variant, and agender people still remains a core part of who we are, and we hope we’re setting a good example for other groups to follow.

TWIH Episode 41: Emerging into Self with Diana Morningstar #transvisibility

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This episode, we welcome Diana Morningstar, who tells us about her coming out and transition as a transgender woman. She also talks about her life in the pagan and queer communities, pre- and post-transition. Diana gives an honest look at herself, her certainties and doubts about transitioning, and her gravitation towards Goddess culture and the issues she ran into in that culture. 

 

Diana Morningstar has been involved in the neopagan movement since the mid 80’s and has participated in Church of All Worlds, NROOGD, Umbanda, and Feri tradition rites among others. She is an initiated witch, a shameless eclectic, and an amazon forest warrior. She has been involved in activism with Earth First! and Queer Nation, and lately with trans issues. She is a transsexual woman living in Sonoma County, CA and is 56 years old. She has journeyed beyond the ninth wave to reach the Isle of Women, and is immensely grateful to be at last on that shore. She writes software, makes graphic art, plays piano and harp, and loves to cycle and hike. The moonlit forest is her true home.

 

Links

Email: diana@miragearts.com

Website: http://www.miragearts.com

To Survive on This Shore: http://www.tosurviveonthisshore.com/photographs-and-interviews Beautiful collection of stories and pictures from transgender elders.

 

Books

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano

Transgender History by Susan Stryker

Nevada by Imogen Binnie

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TWIH Episode 39: Hospitality, Gender, and Inclusion with Dee Shull (#pantheacon)

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In this episode we’re joined by Dee Shull to talk about the concept of hospitality and the inclusion of gender variant people in rituals. How do we show hospitality to those who are different? What is a responsible way to be inclusive, even if your group doesn’t represent as a diverse group as the members would like? How do we create as safe a space as possible? 

 N.B.: This episode was recorded shortly after Pantheacon 2015. There were also technical problems with the sound (my own fault, really) that have since been fixed. My wife, who is my sound engineer, worked a miracle on this episode, however, there will be some lingering weirdness with the audio. And finally, when we discuss “Dianics” in this episode, we are referring to Z. Budapestian Dianics, who are generally trans-exclusionary.

Dee Shull is a decidedly eclectic pagan whose praxis includes some generic Wiccan-flavored elements, heathen practice, animism, and ecstatic work (they prefers the term over “shamanic”). They works most closely with Brighid and the Vanir. They is also genderfluid and queer, and advocates for not just inclusion of gender diverse pagans, but the practice of hospitality by and within groups.

Links

Email (please be mindful that Dee is in the middle of their last terms of their masters): seabhacmhor@gmail.com

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TWIH Episode 32: Exploring the Humanity of Deity and Gender with P. Sufenas Virius Lupus (@Pantheacon #pcon #pantheacon)

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In this third episode that coincides with Pantheacon, we talk to P. Sufenas Virius Lupus about the evolution of gender in regards to Deity. Do the Gods really care about their, and our, gender? Can we create new deities that are inclusive and that work for us? How have we evolved in our thinking around gender? How does pagan isolationism contribute to issues of gender and inclusion? We also talk about how sharing and listening to the stories of people can put a human face onto the “other.” (And there’s some Buffy spoilers for the uninitiated.)

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a metagender person, and the founding member, Doctor, Sacerdos, Magistratum, and Mystagogos of the Ekklesía Antínoou (a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist religious group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and other related gods and divine figures), a contributing member of Neos Alexandria, and a Celtic Reconstructionist in the traditions of filidecht and gentlidecht, amongst other spiritual pursuits.  Lupus’ work (poetry, essays, and fiction) has been published in many of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina devotional volumes, and in the anthologies Datura and Mandragora edited by Ruby Sara, When the Lion Roars edited by Galina Krasskova, Etched Offerings edited by Inanna Gabriel and C. Bryan Brown, Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul edited by Tara Miller, Bringing Race to the Table edited by Crystal Blanton, Taylor Ellwood and Brandy Williams, and the periodicals Witches & Pagans, Abraxas, Circle Magazine, Eternal Haunted Summer, Walking the Worlds, and Air n-Aithesc…and, there’s always more on the way!  E has also published a book of poems, The Phillupic Hymns (2008), and the book-length poem All-Soul, All-Body, All-Love, All-Power:  A TransMythology (2012), and also several other monographs:  The Syncretisms of Antinous (2010); Devotio Antinoo:  The Doctor’s Notes, Volume 1 (2011); A Garland for Polydeukion (2012); A Serpent Path Primer (2012); and Ephesia Grammata:  Ancient History and Modern Practice (2014). Lupus used to write the “Queer I Stand” column at Patheos.com’s Pagan Channel, and currently writes the “Speaking of Syncretism” column at Polytheist.com.  

 

 

Links

Lupus’ blog: Aedicula Antinoi:  A Small Shrine of Antinous (Which includes a link to eirs books): http://aediculaantinoi.wordpress.com/  

Lupus’ Email: aediculaantinoi@hotmail.com

Gender and Transgender in Modern Paganism

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