God and a Broader Gender Expression

The ‘Twilight People’ project explores the unique experiences of transgender and gender-variant individuals from a cross-section of faith communities.

ChristaHolka

Borrowing from Jewish tradition, the pioneering transgender rabbi Reuben Zellman offered a special prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance. “We are many identifies and loves, many genders and none,” he wrote, adding the blurred space between day and night as a metaphor: “Blessed are You, God of all, who brings on the twilight.”

This new prayer, known as “Twilight People,” inspired the title of a project recently launched in the United Kingdom and comprising photographs, film, oral history and memorabilia that share the stories and experiences of transgender and gender-variant people from a cross-section of faith communities.

In a small community museum in Islington, a section of North London synonymous with liberalism, the exhibition “Twilight People: Stories of Gender and Faith Beyond the Binary,” supported by the National Lottery, introduces viewers to several individuals whose gender identity is in conversation, and sometimes in conflict, with their faith.

Continue reading in Haaretz (some browsers require logging in)