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Shannon T.L. Kearns is the author of In the Margins: A Transgender Man’s Journey with Scripture. He is an ordained priest, playwright, theologian, and the cofounder of, which has reached more than a million people all over the world through videos, articles, online courses, and community. A recipient of the Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship in 2020-21, a Lambda Literary Fellow in 2019, and a FINNOVATION Fellow in 2019-20, Shannon is a sought-after speaker on transgender issues and religion. 

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My Trans Identity Was Forged In the Wilderness

by Shannon T.L. Kearns 03-27-2023

Photo by Vincent Battault via Unspalsh.

In my last years of college before I started seminary, I was in the wilderness. I had to finally grapple with feelings I’d been trying to avoid for years: that I was attracted to women, and that something about the gender I’d been assigned wasn’t right.