Individuals who identify as transgender, transsexual, or gender queer and Christian can face a unique set of challenges in attempt- ing 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: expe- riencing gender socialization, having conflicts between views of self and socialized gender, defying gender norms, exploring gen- der and religious identities, and continually resolving issues as they arise. The article concludes with theoretical and practical implications.
By Denise L. Levy and Jessica R. Lo, 2013