PFLAG’s mission is uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
PFLAG was the first support organization I heard of when I was growing up. I attended their meetings a few years ago and found it was a supportive and inclusive community. PFLAG is a wonderful group, especially for our spouses and family members and I am happy to promote the events the Twin Cities chapter has scheduled.
Have you ever heard someone say that it’s not possible to be transgender AND a Christian? Do you have questions about the verses in the Bible that talk about things like clothing and gender roles? Not sure how to hold on to your faith and love your nonbinary teen?
Join Austen Hartke as he leads a journey through Christian scripture, digging into the passages used against transgender people, and highlighting the stories of the Bible’s gender-non-conformers.
Austen is a graduate of Luther Seminary’s Master of Arts program in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Studies, and is the winner of the 2014 John Milton Prize in Old Testament Writing from the same institution.
Austen also enjoys working with gender-diverse youth and families as the Faith Coordinator for the nonprofit organization Gender Spectrum.
As a transgender person of faith, Austen’s greatest passion is helping other trans and gender-non-conforming people see themselves in scripture.
Austen Hartke is the author of “Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians,” a new book on theology and personal narratives published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2018.
Please join us for our March program and support groups.
Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30 – 8:45 pm.
Union Congregational Church
3700 Alabama Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
2 thoughts on “PFLAG Events for March”
Obviously it’s a bit far for me to travel to hear Austin’s presentation, but this is just what we need, more people of faith speaking out for inclusion, sharing Jesus’ message of universal love. I am impressed by the number of young people I come across who really want to be able to reconcile their faith and the sexuality or gender identity of their friends, family or themselves.
I wish I could hear Austin’s presentation… I’m a firm Bible-believing Christian, but I’m so sick of Christians using one verse from an Old Testament book that have many verses they practically ignore to tell me that I can’t wear a dress now and then!