Our Table: Trans Spirituality Conversations
A series of conversations among trans and gnc folks about spirituality, joy, ritual, gender, and sex. This audio series is hosted by enfleshed's trans faith intern, Nite Hunt.
We're looking forward to sharing these conversations next month.
In the meantime, we need to raise $1300 to support the project and our contributors.
Learn more and read a letter from our host on our fundraising page here.
See a list of contributors below, with more coming soon!
Sam Ames is a civil rights attorney, author, and national advocate with a decade of experience fighting for LGBTQ rights. Sam grew up in Los Angeles and received their B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz; their J.D. from George Washington University; and their Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, with a focus on Religion, Ethics, & Politics. They are a member of the California Bar.
Sam most recently served as the Interim Executive Director of Our Family Coalition, an organization working to advance equity for the full and expanding spectrum of LGBTQ families and children through support, education, and advocacy. Prior to that, they served as the Interim Executive Director of Trans Lifeline, an organization that provides direct emotional and financial support to transgender people in crisis; as well as a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, working on constitutional law cases involving marriage equality, employment discrimination, and family law.
Sam is the founder the Born Perfect Campaign – a national effort to end anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy through legislation, litigation, and public education. They served for a year as a hospital chaplain at UCSF Medical Center, with a focus on inpatient psychiatric treatment and religious trauma. Sam has testified in state legislatures, Congress, and the United Nations Committee Against Torture. They have been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Teen Vogue, Newsweek, BBC, The Guardian, TIME, VICE and MSNBC. They are also a consultant on LGBTQ issues nationwide, an avid AIDS LifeCycle rider, and a Gryffindor.
Nathan O.A. Bakken, MDiv (They/Them), a Seminary Certified Witch, is a white, queer and trans, movement spiritual care provider, astrologer, tarot practicioner, and writer raised on unceded Duwamish land (Seattle, WA) currently based on unceded Ohlone land (Oakland, CA). In 2017, they earned their Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, with a focus on the spiritual and theological life of LGBTQIA+ people, pop culture, and theologies of liberation. In 2019, they were certified as spiritual director through Still Harbor. They exist comfortably at the spiritual intersection of good food, Dolly Parton, collective liberation, and spiritual care.
Enrique Cintrón (they/them/elle) is a queer, Puerto Rican, nonbinary writer, spiritual director, podcaster, Spanglish speaker, and self-described “themologian,” that is, they theologize from a nonbinary perspective at the intersections of race, queerness, and faith. Enrique considers deep listening and storytelling to be two of their most important spiritual practices. As a spiritual director trained through Still Harbor, they offer spiritual accompaniment as a way to listen and walk alongside others in their spiritual lives. Enrique also hosts Fruits of the Spirit, a podcast sharing and celebrating the faith journeys of queer and trans people of color. In their spare time, Enrique enjoys watercolor painting, cooking, playing video games, and buying far too many books than they have room for on their shelves. You can read Enrique's writing and learn more about them on their website, enriquecintron.com and follow them on Twitter and Instagram, @themologian.
Reverend Yunus Coldman is an ordained Interfaith Minister. In 2010 he began seeking a path that included multiple spiritual walks of life and finally became an Interfaith Minister for the sole purpose of bringing life and divine love to those who seek his counsel and services.
In September of 2013, Reverend Yunus made the milestone, life changing, life affirming decision to move forward in the process of transition and to become a visible activist for the Transgender community within ministry.
Reverend Yunus is the Eastern Regional Minister of Trans Saints. Trans Saints is a community of Transgender faith leaders involved in advocacy focused on the unique perspectives of the African American Trans* community. He is a minister and Board Member at Rivers of Living Water NY UCC. There he serves as Director of The Circle and the Co-Director of the Healing & Restoration Ministry. Reverend Yunus provides ministerial support on several committees with the National LGBT Task Force and has provided chaplaincy services to the Trans community at Riker’s Island.
He serves as a faith leader for New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray’s Unity Project Faith Network Team to address some of the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ young people. He is an active Board Member with LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent and is an Honorary Board Member of Harlem Pride, Inc.
Additionally, Reverend Yunus participates in many panels discussions, etc. from the intersections of Transgender and faith experiences at religious and spiritual gatherings, medical groups, and LGBTQI+ causes.
Reverend Yunus Coldman is CEO of Soulful Touch Services which, as a licensed NY Wedding Officiant provides ceremonial services throughout the New York tri-state area and Long Island and as a Certified Reiki Master Teacher offering Reiki healing practices, counsel and meditation.
Kai, a Hospital Chaplain, is currently serving as a Staff Chaplain with the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans (LA).
Kai is the child of a retired United Methodist Pastor. Kai was born in Wilmington, Delaware and grew up in Ohio and New York. After starting college in New York, Kai eventually made it back to Delaware and completed a BS in Business Administration at Wesley College (Dover, DE) in 2003 and an MBA in Human Resources Management at Goldey-Beacom College (Wilmington, DE) in 2012.
After completing the Master of Divinity at Drew Theological School (Madison, NJ) in 2016, Kai accepted a call to serve in parish ministry with The United Methodist Church.
Since completing Seminary, Kai has served as a spiritual leader in parish settings and as a Hospital Chaplain. The evolvement of Kai's journey, from parish ministry to chaplaincy, was realized because of developing a passion for ministry where Kai could encounter people where they were on their life journey without the expectation of meeting only for worship services or set faith occasions. The evolvement in Kai's own words, "provided opportunity to encounter people from many faith traditions and social communities."
Rev. Remington Johnson is an ordained PC( USA) minister that has served at the bedside of the sick and dying as a healthcare chaplain for the last ten years. Remington is active in the research community by working as a consultant on a growing number of peer reviewed studies and also serving a medical school think tank at the University of Texas. She regularly lectures on the complex care navigation process with a special focus on values identification. Remington is engaged to a lovely woman and mother to a delightful six year old. Later this year Remington will begin work on earning her registered nursing license and later her masters in nursing through the University of Texas.
Myles Markham (he/him or they/them) is the Impact Producer at Multitude Films, an LGBTQ women-led indepedent documentary company and the Screening Manager for Story Productions, a non-fiction film ministry of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Myles is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, loves decolonial theologies, exploring their Japanese American/Native Hawi'ian identity, and knows an embarrassing amount of trivia in the categories of wild animals, American Evangelicalism, and early 00s hip hop, r&b, & pop music.