On Wednesday October 13, 2021, in honor of decades of courageous leadership of the Rev. Jonathon Thunderword, LGBTQ-RAN hosted an intergenerational conversation between Rev. Thunderword and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Ph.D. The dialogue remembered the journey, struggles and progress we've made in queer religious history, and looked at the road ahead.
Rev. Jonathon Thunderword is a theologian, a scholar, and a free thinker who identifies as a Black Transman. He was a leader in HIV/AIDS ministries in Virginia in the 1980s with a focus on outreach to vulnerable persons. He has spent his life learning and teaching justice for all persons and following multiple spiritual paths. Among other achievements, he is an ordained minister, founder of Finding Another Right Road Authentically and Holistically (FARRAH) and founder of By the Way Ministry in Virginia.
Read a full biography of Jonathon Thunderword on his profile page.
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Ph.D. is a visionary thinker who has spent two decades working in the borderlands of church, academy, & movements seeking to not only disrupt but dismantle supremacy culture and help steward the logic of liberation as a Transqueer Latinx. Dr. Robyn is the Founder of the Activist Theology Project, a Nashville based collaborative project that seeks to work with the dominant culture and produces curriculum at the intersection of scholarship and activism.
This event is part of our Queering Our Roots campaign this fall, celebrating LGBTQ-RAN's 20th anniversary. This campaign will honor five elders of LGBTQ+ religious movements in the U.S. as well as highlight the rich history that LGBTQ-RAN has gathered over these years.
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