Transgender, Transsexual, And Gender Queer Individuals With A Christian Upbringing: The Process Of Resolving Conflict Between Gender Identity And Faith

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Denise Levy Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dept. of Social Work (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Individuals who identify as transgender, transsexual, or gender queer and Christian can face a unique set of challenges in attempting to integrate their faith and gender identity. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the process by which individuals with a Christian upbringing resolve conflict between their gender identity and religious beliefs. Analysis of interview transcripts revealed a model with the following fluid stages: experiencing gender socialization, having conflicts between views of self and socialized gender, defying gender norms, exploring gender and religious identities, and continually resolving issues as they arise. The article concludes with theoretical and practical implications.

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Denise L. Levy PhD LCSW & Jessica R. Lo MSW P-LCSW (2013). Transgender, Transsexual, and Gender Queer Individuals with a Christian Upbringing: The Process of Resolving Conflict Between Gender Identity and Faith, Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 32:1, 60-83, DOI: 10.1080/15426432.2013.749079. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2013
transgender, gender identity, Christian, identity, conflict

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