"How Many Roads?": Crossing the Border between Christian and Transgender Identities
Davis, Jobin Daniel
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This thesis is a “letter home” from a former Christian, new age lesbian, spiritually transitioning transman to colonial influenced, Judeo-Christian ideologies. Drawing upon Anzaldúa’s conocimiento and Daniel Heath Justice’s theory of anomaly, I argue that personal narrative, as decolonial methodology, is a bridge between traditional heteronormative, heteropatriarchal viewpoints and marginalized transgender persons. Finally, I draw upon the work of Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin’s milestone schema, Villanueva’s Memoria, Chogyam Trungpa’s Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, and Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s The Way of Tenderness to bridge the gap, open the conversation, continue the process of my mental decolonization, and ultimately accept that being transgender is both natural and necessary.